ALMIGHTREE: THE LAST DREAMER
By Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams on September 13, 2015
Imagine yourself having a blast somewhere near your home when, all of a sudden, the ground starts to quake and buildings start to collapse. The very ground you stand on crumbles beneath your feet and the only thing you can do is run for your life!
I know this may sound silly and far-fetched to some of you, but let me assure you, for you, being The Last Dreamer, this is a very real and pressing concern. You wake up one day and find your world collapsing and vanishing into oblivion. As you try to run to safety, you come across a withering seedling of the Almightree; a mythical tree that brings balance and order to the universe. You quickly find out that you are able to magically restore these seedlings back to life and in doing so, save a portion of your crumbling world. Determined to save your world and everything in it, you set off on a perilous journey to restore the Almightree back to its former glory and save the planet.
Almightree: The Last Dreamer is a 3D puzzle platformer, previously released for iOS and now for Microsoft Windows, featuring full controller support. It is a challenging journey through a crumbling world that has you literally running for your life. Each level of the game consists of crumbling blocks that form a path towards an Almightree seedling in need of rescue. But, as luck would have it, you are not just any normal boy; you are a dreamer and possess the ability of plantsportation. This means you can instantly grow a kind of cube, made up out of vines in an empty spot along the trail. Then, you can grow a similar cube around an earth block on that same trail and magically transport it to the location of the first cube, bridging any gaps you may come across. This power also enables you to build crude stairs out of earth blocks in order to reach those higher up places.
So in short: plantsportation enables you to create new paths to take and overcome seemingly impassible obstructions you may come across. Though this may all sound a bit simple, the path you need to travel is not always an easy one. You will need your all of your wits as well as your power of plantsportation in order to reach your goal and save another seedling. So be quickÖ or be dead!
Visually, Almightree looks nice; it may not be the best looking game of all time, but the colorful cartoonish style suits the game perfectly. The puzzles you will come across range from easy to quite challenging, especially on the lower difficulty settings. When playing on a higher difficulty setting, the game becomes a lot more unforgiving and challenges you to come up with the right approach as fast as you can. If youíre too slow, the ground falls away from under your feet, taking you with it.
It is especially on this higher difficulty that the gameís controls become somewhat of an issue. Itís not that they donít work properly, but theyíre not quite as responsive as one may have hoped. It takes a short while for the dreamer to respond to your commands, taking some of the speed out of the game. And although this in no way a disaster, it may be a point of interest and refinement for the developers at ChocoArts, who, apart from the controls, did an outstanding creating this game. They even built in a speedrace mode in which two players can compete against each other, be it online or locally via split-screen. This way, you can challenge your friends all over the world to see who is better at running for his or her life. The speedrace is a neat little feature that adds the element of competition to the game, and is just really fun to play!
So yes, Almightree: The Last Dreamer, has its minor flaws. But hell, so do a lot of AAA titles! As far as Iím concerned, itís a very enjoyable and colorful game that deserves to be played by everyone who likes a good puzzle platforming game. And, as much as Iíd like to just keep talking to you, guys and girls, the ground just started shaking so I think itís time for me to run along and see if I canít find another seedling to restore!