Preview: Pollen Sonata

Preview: Pollen Sonata
Preview: Pollen Sonata

Relaxing games are a misnomer: you usually don't play games that are relaxing; you play games that make you relax. If you've had a hard day at the office you might not be able to think of anything better than sitting down and playing Quake to relieve some of that stress. You could stretch your arms and play tennis on Wii Sports as your daily wind-down activity.

So we all know that while games are fun, they can also relax you when you need it. They are the electronic and more engaging version of a stress ball.

What about a game that is relaxing to play in and of itself?

Pollen Sonata has been in development for a little over a month now and already it's impressing many in the gaming world. The premise of the game is so simple most people might ask how it actually translates to a game without being boring. Well, it thrives on its simplicity.

In Pollen Sonata, you will play a lone piece of pollen as you fly from flower to flower finding other pollen as you go to become part of a group. When you've got enough, you'll have to find a way to leave to make your way to the next bed of flowers or the next environment.

The idea of this might not interest you but in playing the game you'll see why it's so wonderful. As a combination of 3rd person and a puzzle game, you can see your own pollen as you change its form to propel yourself about the world. You can't die but you will likely end up taking a lot of time as the sounds of the wind, the garden, and the very ambient music keep you drifting as if you were the pollen itself.

At the moment, the demo of the game has been made to run on the Valve Source engine so if you want to try it out, you'll need a Steam account with the Source SDK installed. However, this game is being developed with the intention of being put on the Wii and based on what we're seeing here, it'll certainly be one of the most interesting games to play once it's been released.

Developer- Pollen Sonata
Publisher- TBA
Classification- TBA
Formats- Wii, PC (Only for the demo)
URL- Pollen Sonata

Previewed by Leigh D. Stark

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