Game review: Prune

This game is a cut above other puzzlers



If you’ve ever watched Monty Don doing a bit of pruning on Gardener’s World and fancied having a go, Prune could be the game for you.

On each stage, you plant a tree that starts growing upwards. Lopping off some of its branches – with a swipe – makes the remaining ones grow further. In this way, you can shape the tree to pass around obstacles and into the light to grow blossoms – create enough to match the number of diamonds in the sky to complete the level.

While the basic tactics are easily picked up, on later sets of stages you face complications such as strong winds and restricted spaces that might require you to make some branches grow downwards – now that is tricky! There are also special coloured circles that trigger different effects when they are touched by the tree; grey ones create instant blooms, for instance, while red ones can infect your tree with a deadly virus unless you quickly cut off all of the affected branches.

No matter the difficulties, the beautiful organic graphics and ambient music make it a very relaxing and zen-like experience rather than a classic frustrating one. The only slight downside is that it’s over all too quickly.