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Review

Room to Grow, the first game by video game developer Mischka Kamener, was released on Steam at the end of February 2021. In it, you take control of a small cactus that you grow. At first glance, the game is reminiscent of a classic: Snake. By letting the cactus grow, you can move other cacti and transport them to the intended location. The trick is...

Room to Grow

  • Samanta Blumberg
  • Jun 22, 2021

Room to Grow, the first game by video game developer Mischka Kamener, was released on Steam at the end of February 2021. In it, you take control of a small cactus that you grow. At first glance, the game is reminiscent of a classic: Snake. By letting the cactus grow, you can move other cacti and transport them to the intended location. The trick is that you can only move along the continuous lines of the respective level and can't overcome obstacles - such as yourself or walls. This is where your strategic skills are needed.

The concept behind Room to Grow is simple. However, you should not be fooled by this. What looks damn simple at first glance turns out to be a crisp puzzle game. After only a few puzzles, the difficulty level increases significantly. In the course of the game, new mechanics are added that will challenge you even more. For example, in later levels you'll have to move several cacti, you'll get new possibilities to move around, and finally, you'll be able to make your cactus grow in branches. Thus, the tasks become more and more challenging and complex.

Although the puzzles are anything but a child's play, Room to Grow offers a good way to relax and unwind. The developer has included some mechanics so that you won't sit frustrated in front of your screen. You can take as much time as you want for each level since the puzzles don't run on time. The key assignment can be adjusted to your liking. If you let the cactus grow incorrectly, you simply undo your entries or restart. You can undo actions as often as you like, there is no limit. If you don't find the solution at a level, you can simply skip it via the menu.

Romain Rope's background music contributes a lot to the relaxed and pleasant gameplay. The soundtrack harmonizes wonderfully with the game. In addition, there are pleasant, non-intrusive visuals. A well-rounded gaming experience, which scores with charm and creative puzzle design. Those who like challenging puzzles will love Room to Grow. Especially since the game feels unique and doesn't give you the impression that you've played similar games umpteen times before.

Conclusion:
The puzzle game Room to Grow offers you crisp puzzles and delights with its idiosyncratic concept. Although the concept is very simple, the difficulty level increases noticeably after a few levels. If you like challenging puzzles, Room to Grow is the right game for you. If you get stuck on a level, you can skip it and try the next brainteaser. The gameplay is accompanied by a pleasant, but not a too intrusive soundtrack, so the game is a good opportunity to just leave your everyday life behind and take your time with some challenging brainteasers. 

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