While I do not doubt that missions and achievements, when done right, make a game exciting, I also feel that some games can still be rewarding without them. A case in point is Shu’s Garden, an app by Canadian developers Colin Sanders and Jason RT Bond. Aimed at little ones, it’s a charming game that focuses on pure creation and exploration.
The Rolling Alien Gathers All the Seeds
As its title suggests, Shu’s Garden is actually a game about gardening. Its heroine, Shu, is a bouncy alien who “nourishes the soil wherever she rolls”. The premise is that kids roll Shu across her barren planet, making grass sprout in her trail. They can also make her collect seeds and plant them to grow new plants.
The controls are simple enough: just tilt the device to get Shu rolling. Tap the screen to make her shrink, and release to send her flying into the air. The ability to jump is particularly useful when Shu has to collect seeds at high places, for example, on trees or on top of tall monuments that dot the planet’s surface.