Comforting Mini Puzzler “Grow Recovery” Is A Game That Actually Boosts Your Mood
I loved the browser minigames GrowCube and GrowTower, so I was really excited to put eyezmaze’s new Grow Recovery on my phone. The basic premise of the Grow games is deciding how to add new items to the scene. Each item interacts with the other items in interesting ways, and to complete the game, you’ll need to find the optimal order so that each item is used in the best way possible. Of course, plenty of “wrong” combinations are great fun to watch, too.
Grow Recovery, though, adds a little narrative to the Grow game formula, showing an exhausted little figure in need of comfort and healing. It’s a simple human outline, but the task of looking after him is surprisingly moving. Each of the items available will make him feel better in a different way, Give him a blanket, and he’ll wrap himself up. Give him a friend, and the friend will help heal him. I think the animation at the beginning of the game is meant to show that the little grow guy is exhausted, but it’s easy to see all kinds of self-care and recovery in this tiny charming game.
The blanket levels up into a pillow and a bed, while the friend levels up into a family. Add food and the friend will cook a nourishing meal. (I was not entirely pleased by the little pink figure cooking a meal for the little blue figure, but since I express my affection through cooking food for people I love, well, that’s a bit of gender stereotyping I can accept.) All the interactions make an adorable self-care mini-sim for your phone.
We don’t always focus on the emotionally healing power of games, although I think the right game can be a powerful mood changer. I’d recommend cheerily campy Qing’s Quest VII for a game-induced mood boost. One of my favorite coping strategies involves installing an appointment-style game and watering those virtual crops or collecting your virtual coins whenever a certain name comes to mind. (Works with the jerk who broke your heart OR the jerk who passed you over for that job!) If you’re also open to being comforted and distracted by a minigame, you’ll enjoy the recovery animations, and watching the healing meter refill more and more with each attempt.
Grow Recovery is a quick mobile game that will leave you feeling comforted and recovered.