It’s not every day that you can play a mobile game and contribute towards the wellness of the planet.
But Plant the World lets you do that as 50% of the game’s revenue goes towards planting trees in real life. It’s a unique game where you have to walk around a fictionalized version of your town and plant as many trees as possible.
Of course, things are never as simple as they sound and the game has a lot more to offer aside from planting trees.
There are several multiplayer features that allow you to work with or against other players and you can create towns populated by farms, lumber camps, and more.
So, is Plant The World fun as a video game or is it just a gimmick with good intent? Let’s plant some trees and find out.
The gameplay of Plant The World is very straightforward.
You spawn on the GPS location of your phone and you can see the real-world name of your town and all the areas next to it on the game’s map.
The game’s world is split between hexagonal territories and you can take over as many of them as you want by planting trees and other types of buildings and structures on top of them.
You can ally with other players and take over areas together – or you can craft an axe and cut down trees of other people and then take over that spot by planting your own instead.
Although the core multiplayer features of the game are already present as mentioned above, some much-needed additions are on the way. These include the ability to view your teammates' avatars on the map, play minigames, and chat with them in real-time.
While it takes time to get used to how things work, once you get the hang of it, you can form entire towns by creating the necessary buildings and populating them with humans, trees, and animals. Whether you do this with or without allies, it’s the best thing to do in the game as some of the player creations are pretty impressive to look at.
There are some random things too, such as encountering skeletons in some areas and fighting them with a sword, getting attacked by animals, and crafting and using potions that have benefits in terms of exploration and growing trees. Although these activities are not entirely polished, it’s still a fun little way to keep yourself busy.
Although the game is playable without spending any money too, you can buy in-game items or watch ads for some of the currency if you want to support the game financially – which then also leads to more trees being planted in the real world.
At the time of writing, they have planted a total of 3,711 trees since the launch of the game, which is an impressive feat and commendable.
The graphics of the game are pretty simple but it’s understandable due to both the fact that it’s an indie game and that it’s a game with large open fields that you can populate with trees, structures, and even NPCs.
When there's a possibility of adding too much in a game, it’s inevitable that it would begin to experience slowdowns due to memory, especially on lower-end devices, so the graphics being a bit on the minimal side is fair.
The game still looks decent and whenever you create a full town or a forest, the small details are good enough to make your creations look nice.
The UI of the game is alright. It’s nothing special but it’s not poorly designed either, everything is exactly where it should be.
The polish of the game can use some work since certain aspects are a bit clunky. For example, the aforementioned sword fighting is awkward and you miss your attacks far too many times.
And the general performance when you switch between different menus and gameplay could be a bit better too, as it’s not as smooth as it should be. But overall, it’s functional enough to not affect your enjoyment of the game.
The sound design of the game is inconsistent and evidently needs more improvement.
You don’t always hear background music or necessary sounds and when you do it’s nothing special. It’s either because the volume is too low, my game glitched out, or the developers have just not implemented the sound properly yet.
Plant The World still feels a little barebones as a video game and although it’s not boring and there’s still a lot to do in it – it needs some polishing and more content added which already seems to be planned.
The purpose behind its existence makes it worth a shot for everyone who loves a little bit of greenery in their life and is looking to try something different in a mobile game.
With future changes planned out, it has the potential of being an addicting game thanks to its unique premise.