GROW: Song of the Evertree Reviews

GROW: Song of the Evertree is ranked in the 75th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Dec 7, 2021

Grow has its heart in the right place. It’s a constant delight and a calming place to visit. Ultimately, it may be little more than a glorified checklist of chores, but as you venture outside to “find work” once more, sometimes labour is indistinguishable from leisure.

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IGN Korea
Top Critic
6 / 10.0
Jan 22, 2022

Grow: Song of the Evertree is the definition of a chill and relaxing game. While it provides fun and enjoyment through puzzles and challenges, the visuals of the map design and technicalities may prove uncomfortable for some, especially when you have to do repetitive elements for the first 6 hours to actually see some variety in the game.

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6 / 10 stars
Dec 7, 2021

Grow: Song of the Evertree is three different games crammed into the same one. Its mechanics clash too frequently for Grow to stand out despite some bright spots.

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7 / 10
Dec 24, 2021

Grow: Song of the Evertree is close to excellence with its gorgeous aesthetic and charming writing, but it struggles under the number of gameplay elements packed into it. There’s a lot here that might work together in theory, but the end result is less than the sum of its parts. When exploring Alaria and interacting with the characters, it’s easy to get swept up in this quirky and beautiful world. Unfortunately, the bits you enjoy will be intercut with stuff that might feel more like a chore. Grow is a game with too many irons in the fire, but its obvious heart and character still presents a lot to love.

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7 / 10.0
Nov 22, 2021

If you are a huge fan of games that never seem to end – Animal Crossing springs to mind – Grow: Song of the Evertree is a exceedingly charming title that brings you on board, whole hog, and gives you endless reasons to stick around. If, like me, you want a game to give you play in bite sized pieces, the servings get too meaty very fast, and you’ll quickly fill up on Grow without having room for more. It’s an excellent experience, but it’s simply too much: I have to take a step back and imagine that Alaria flourishes without me.

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7 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2021

Grow: Song of The Evertree is reasonably compelling for the first few hours. But in juggling a lot, some of its more commonplace elements are uneven. While the story sings a familiar tune and long load times add up, this is still a worthwhile adventure with many surprises. Just be prepared for some feeling of recognizable repetition as you play at your own pace.

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71 / 100
Nov 19, 2021

For those who love a good management title, I do recommend Grow: Song of the Evertree. For those looking for an Animal Crossing or Stardew Valley replacement, I cannot say that this is an equal option, but it is still a lot of fun. For the price, this is a great experience, but it does still need some refining. If you don’t mind a resource management title that is a bit rough on the edges, then Grow: Song of the Evertree is a perfect fit for you.

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7.3 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2021

If you love Animal Crossing-like games, you will definitely enjoy Grow.

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7.3 / 10.0
Jan 11, 2022

A bit slow at the beginning and a bit repetitive in the long run, overall Grow: Song of the Evertree still offers a pleasant and relaxing experience, with its simple but effective playful loop, its ability to motivate the player without pressure or forcing and that sense of freedom and progression that transmits in a concretely satisfying way.

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7.4 / 10.0
Nov 29, 2021

A very pleasant management sandbox with a very relaxed pace that in the long run suffers from some gameplay uncertainty and too much micro-management.

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7.5 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2021

If you enjoyed Yonder: The Cloudcatcher Chronicles, but wanted a little more to do and a less linear progression, then Grow: The Song of the Evertree is probably for you. It’s not quite as elaborate or sophisticated as other games in this genre, but I don’t know if it’s trying to be. It more than makes up for it’s simplicity with a gorgeous aesthetic, witty humor, and a truly calming experience, if you let it. Hopefully, if they can work out some of their stability issues, this game could gain some serious attention and popularity. The call for more wholesome games is increasing in recent years, and Prideful Sloth has proven again they can meet that demand – as long as we get a proper map next time!!

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75 / 100
Nov 24, 2021

In Grow: Song of Evertree we will have to step into the shoes of the last alchemist in the world of Alaria to try to bring the Eternal Tree back to life and prevent the withering that devastates all parts of the world from continuing to spread. We are an ideal title for all those who like management and exploration games where we will find many things to do to complete our adventure. While it is true that at certain times the game can be repeated in terms of playability, but as a general rule we find a title that can be quite entertaining and generate hours of entertainment.

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7.5 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2021

Grow: Song of the Evertree is a game full of charm, and will be a relaxing world-builder for some, but a repetitive experience for others.

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7.8 / 10.0
Dec 29, 2021

If you can look past the issues with pacing and the odd graphical stutter, Grow: Song of The Evertree is a thoroughly enjoyable adventure with rewarding exploration as well as tons of fun things to create and collect within its large and colourful game world.

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Nov 16, 2021

Once you get going, it’s hard to put Grow down. Animal Crossing tends to have a firm cut off point each day where you know you’re best leaving it until the island replenishes, but in Grow, you can sleep and keep going. It’s therapeutic in a way that even its inspirations aren’t. Often games like this can get overwhelming fast as new features pile on. Grow doesn’t - it’s simple and to the point, so that relaxing sensation never wanes.

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GameSpew
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
Nov 22, 2021

Grow: Song of the Evertree is the epitome of cosy, wholesome gaming. With a healthy mix of town-building, farming and adventuring, there’s a huge amount of content here for the modest asking price. If you enjoy relaxing games that you can take at your own pace, you won’t be disappointed. It’s a shame that it’s still waiting for some bugs to be ironed out, but once they’re fixed, this will be a must-have.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 20, 2021

Many melodies can present varied forms in terms of their harmony, while many other times they take advantage of other chord progressions present throughout it. With a somewhat more refined style that offers trickster melodies and emotional and moving lyrics, Grow: Song of the Evertree takes root in a human affective structure.

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8 / 10
Nov 16, 2021

Gorgeous and relaxing, Grow: Song of the Evertree will strongly appeal to fans of games about gardening and enjoying the Zen qualities of nature.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 30, 2021

There are some rough edges to be found, and one person’s relaxation will be another’s repetition. However, Grow: Song of the Evertree succeeds in its attempts at presenting a wholesome, laid-back experience. Its successes are admirable, and its missteps are negligible. It lives up to its philosophy and presents something that has all the satisfying progression of a typical game experience, but without all the violence. There’s still room to grow, but the roots are firmly planted.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2021

To conclude then and ultimately advise whether GROW: Song of the Evertree is worth your time and money. The answer is, if you enjoyed Yonder, then you will love this. If you never tried it, then sure there are several games that offer similar approaches, but the combination of ease-of-play, excellent audio/visual fidelity and the wonderfully relaxed pacing makes this a joy-to-play and well-worth checking out if you haven’t dived into this type of non-combat gameplay experience before.

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