what better than a rainy saturday morning…

…for the perfect excuse to stay in bed and try out a brand new computer game on my laptop, my fave bedtime companion. It truly is delightful to open my curtains on a weekend morning, realise that the day is not worth getting up for, and snuggle back down with some geeky activity from the comfort of my blankets. Today I decided to break out a new game, which I’ve had lined up for months on Steam, but as it came at the same time as lots of others, I didn’t try them all out at once. As it happens, this particular game is quite addictive, in my opinion at least. It’s called Eufloria. It’s all based around asteroids, trees and seedlings, with a very simple design and concept, and nice eery, atmospheric music to accompany you. Basically you take over asteroids with the power of seedlings, and plant trees once you’ve done so, which create more seedlings, and so on. Here’s a screenshot, as a taster:

It reminds me somewhat of another game called Osmos, which I got quite hooked on last year, where you are a bubble in a vast watery expanse of blue, full of other bubbles of varying sizes. You have to become the biggest bubble by subsuming other smaller bubbles, and without getting subsumed into bigger bubbles than yourself. It’s similarly simple in appearance and concept, with music that is similarly out of this world. I really like this new(ish) species of conceptual indie computer games – they provide endless fascination (not to mention time-wasting opportunities).

I actually meant to do something more than just complete the next level and then the next level and the one after that; but other than make and eat a fancy gourmet dinner, I appear not to have achieved anything besides this¬†today. So in writing this post I am comforting myself by telling the world what a good game it is, and spreading the word, if that counts as achieving something? Or perhaps I am only dragging others down with me…