Raising Digital Cacti with Viridi

Because my hardcore gaming life has come to a complete standstill (currently no mood or drive to play anything, LOL), I found myself gravitating towards this cute, uber simple indie game named Viridi where your main objective is to raise succulents. Crazy. I know.

Viridi was created by Ice Water Games and is available on PC (Steam powered) and on mobile (for iOS and Android).

First things first, you gotta name your pot. … As you can see, I’m greatly influenced by the games that I play, LOL. Well, you gotta name what you gotta name, hahaha!

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Then, you’re given a choice on your pot design. You gotta choose the best place to house your babies, of course, as they’re gonna be with you for AWHILE. LOL.

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Then you choose your “starter set” – a pre-selected bunch of succulents of different varieties. So you just pick which set aesthetically appeals to you more.

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The seeds of the set you choose are automatically planted on the pot, but you can rearrange things later on. You spritz them with water, de-weed their surroundings, and watch them grow. There is also a little snail that circles your pot. Dunno really what he does there and what he’s for. :))

Just a tip, be careful not to “overwater” your cacti or they will probably die. And all your hard work will disappear along with your hopes and dreams. LOL. Kidding.

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Viridi allows you to purchase seeds for a few cents each in their Nursery, so you can choose to add more succulents to your pot. They also give out free, totally random, seeds every week. Since I’m a big cheapskate, I just wait for the free seeds and hope I get a good one. LOL.

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The game comes with music, soft, zen, spa-ish music that you can listen to while, say, you’re working on something on your desktop and need a little peace of mind. But I personally am not fond of the tunes, so I just shut it off and wait for my little cacti to sprout and grow, HAHA.

Here is my pot after several weeks (weeks!!!?!!!) of careful, albeit a little irresponsible, tending and organizing (I tend to forget them for a few days but no matter, cacti are sturdy little greenies).

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In conclusion, Viridi is super simple and kind of refreshing. It’s all about the zen, you know. I honestly have no idea why I decided to pick this up. Maybe it’s my innate need to look for anything related to plants *coughHarvestMooncough*. Who knows.

This game is definitely not for the impatient. So I wouldn’t recommend it for those who want instant gratification. It’s meant for those who like the simple fulfillment of growing your plants in real time, albeit digitally.

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