With so much stress out there in the world right now I’ve been enjoying the bevy of great titles over the last year that have focused more on passive or relaxing themes and moments over more traditional tendency towards just action and intensity of some kind. To its credit, Grow does do a good job of putting you into a sort of sandbox situation with basic tools that you’ll be able to use to help everyone out, work the land, and simply seek out activities that suit you, whether catching bugs, fishing, farming, or maybe a little bit of everything. My problem is just that the bar for quality in many of these activities is relatively low, robbing them of a sense of accomplishment or satisfaction when they require so little skill. Couple that with the lack of drive in the game towards more meaningful goals and more often than not while you certainly have the freedom to do what you like without real direction it ends up feeling a bit aimless and dull. If you’re just out for some peaceful activities it may suffice, but there are other titles out there with similar beats but that are still much more satisfying without being terribly stressful either.
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