I discovered Grow Island a few days ago and was intrigued by the simple play mechanism and the degree of “Omoshiroi“ness. (aka interestingness). The player is presented on screen an island and a few buttons that represent different technologies. The player’s mission is to find out the optimal order in which to click these buttons in order to maximize all the technological advancement and see the “special ending”. Think of it as Civilization in the simplest form (with only the technology tree gameplay left).
What do I like most about the game?
1. Instant gratification. Something interesting and different always happens right after when you click on a button.
2. Fun animation sequences. The designer has a wacky sense of humor and it’s captured in his animations.
3. Easy to pick up and play, and has enough depth and different endings for players to come back for more.
Each session is short and it’s quite perfect for a little break in the middle of the day. Try it and let me know if you like it! ;)