Icons for some iwin garden games
We got some interesting comments on my post about iwin.com’s new game, Garden Defense. Because I could not access a free trial of the PC-only online game, I could only imagine from the description what a game that featured gnomes with rocket launchers killing insects might be like, so I was a bit dismissive. Many commenters followed suit, but a couple who actually did play it said that it was clever and fun to play—and, after all, just a game. Finally, one the inventors of the game, Andy Megowan, had this to say (excerpted):
Hi Everyone, I’m Andy, the Creative Director and one of the major designers of “Garden Defense”. As a child, I eagerly studied entomology in my mother’s gardens and in the countless books on insects and spiders that my parents got me. … In my day-to-day life, I will not squash an insect if I can easily catch it and release it outside where it can live its life without bothering me.
…I was disappointed to see “eliz”s dismissive comment that depicted developers as incapable of making a game without violence. The truth is that the bestselling games in the world are Sims, Flight Simulators, and other equally nonviolent games.
… I’ll take a moment on the soapbox to make a few observations to encourage you to enjoy the game.
…* The game’s protagonist is a college Entomology student who loves insects and spiders. Her name is Charlotte (a nod to a famous spider) and her pet Black Widow’s name is Merriam. I’ll let you in on a secret: the spider’s last name is “Webster”!
* A third of the way into the game, we introduce good bugs. The message of the game was NEVER “destroy all bugs,” but rather, “these bugs are somehow different, and are a threat to your garden.”
* The reward for keeping your gardens safe is a hundred times the reward for killing any pest. I wanted the feeling of reward to not come from any act of violence, but from keeping helpless plants SAFE from violence.
… P.S. There are gardening games out there. I played ’em all while researching “Garden Defense”!
So there you have it. I must say I am still less interested in this, as it is probably too fast an action game for me, but I did love playing SimAnt, which I am sure many of you recall.
I wonder if it’s been updated?Posted by Elizabeth Licata on December 5, 2007 at 5:00 am, in the category Everybody's a Critic.