Metascore
87

Generally favorable reviews - based on 57 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 57
  2. Negative: 0 out of 57
  1. 90
    If you're interested in something very unique and very powerful, Flower is a must-play. It will especially resonate with people that possess a deep connection with nature and spirituality, as it's the type of game that reaches out to us and whispers about the beauty of life -- without saying anything at all.
  2. 100
    While the game is only six levels long, equating to about two to three hours of gameplay if you don't rush, Flower is well worth the money and you'll find yourself coming back just to go through the same levels over and over again.
  3. If you don’t own this you are doing yourself a disservice. Some may think that £6.29 for two hours of gameplay isn’t good enough value for money. My response is simple; never before has a game moved me so strongly, never before has a game made my day better, never before has a game affected my view on life and never again will I be so content with the spending of a handful of pounds.
  4. Flower may not be for everyone but if you go into it with the right mind-set then you’re guaranteed to witness something exceptional.
  5. Flower is a brilliant little piece of work, gorgeous and moving in equal measures.
  6. Flower can be seen as a statement about society versus nature, to be interpreted by the player as he or she wishes. To be specific it's a game where you fly a leaf from a flower through nature, in the process gathering other leaves. As time goes by your entourage of leaves grow in size and before you know it you've got enough to bring life back to the previously barren fields. Flower is as much of a meditative experience as it is a beautiful piece of art. A subjective experience as this is hard to grade, but a great experience it is if you're susceptible.
  7. It is, simply, a game where you want to see what happens next, because whatever does happen next will be delicate, beautiful and pleasurable, and never so hurried as to overburden the spectacle and sense of immersion.
  8. The delicate grace of the gameplay and the equally elegant music create a rather moving experience unlike any other. It's up to you whether or not it's art or simply a pretentious tech demo, but I'm all for the former. Flower is a very unique game indeed. Put this and Ico next to each other and I'll cry my eyes out.
  9. Flower is a more than welcome addition to the PlayStation Store with a truly unique type of gameplay. This, in combination with a very artistic environment and a easy to learn control scheme, make of Flower almost a magical game. After completing the seven levels the only thing that remains is the need for more.
  10. If it is slight, then Flower compensates by being a very rare experience, both in terms of subject matter and the visual splendour with which it has been executed. [Mar 2009, p.94]
  11. What you take out of Flower is really your own choice, as an experience it is highly recommended if you have become bored with the majority of releases today. If you prefer your gaming to be a little left of centre than the latest chart topping release then this is for you.
  12. Pretentious and restrictive, but also one of the most spectacular visual and aural experiences on the PS3.
  13. 100
    The captivating Flower manages to be both uncomplicated and deep. While many games fail to truly engage the player this highly conceptual title succeeds, and is more immersive than many feature-driven titles dare to dream.
  14. Flower is as much an experience as it is a game.
  15. Even if there is no multiplayer mode in the game, it is a great one! The game offers not many, but excellent features.
  16. Flower is a shock to the gamer's system because it reminds us that games aren't about fanboy allegiances, media hype, and quarterly earnings. Good games—like good art—can simply be food for the soul. Flower is the kind of soulful nourishment we need more of.
  17. But, if you don't mind taking some time out of your day to enjoy something completely different, with no real goal or objective, then Flower is definitely worth its $10 purchase price. With stunning visuals, a beautiful soundtrack, and relaxing gameplay, this title is one-of-a-kind and, as such, simply can't be missed!
  18. Flower is the best $10 you can spend on your PS3. It is the most relaxing, soothing, and otherworldly experience any console has ever seen, and only the power of the PS3 can bring something this original and breathtaking into your living room.
  19. An absolutely brilliant game, and one that does more to stir the emotions than any AAA epic you've like played in recent memory.
  20. The experience is almost indescribable, and even if you’re not a big fan of motion sensing (and we’re not), you will smile throughout your experience.
  21. 90
    This is easily more than a technology demo - as some accused Flow of being. As with any game like this, it is much easier to understand in the flesh than to explain. And I suggest you do just that. For a minimal investment you will find a gaming experience as elegant and subtle as any novel. And like a good novel, it is one you will want to pass on to all your friends.
  22. 90
    Flower is not only a breath of fresh air, but a gust of glorious wind on which your spirit will soar. This is a work of art, a quiet classic, and a game which will be remembered and discussed in reverent tones for years to come.
  23. 90
    If you succumb to its charms and let it meander its way into the deeper recesses of your consciousness, you’ll find Flower to be full of some of the finest gaming moments known, and your life will be all the richer for playing it.
  24. One word can sum up Flower, and that would be tranquil. The classical interactive score is soothing, and the graphical opulence is breathtaking – there are moments of shear beauty in the striking sunsets.
  25. An interactive experience like no other. Perfect for unwinding after a long day.
  26. Static images can't convey the splendour of colors or the intoxicating feeling of flight, they can't thaw icy shards of winter in the heart. Whether you're cynic or romantic, give Flower a try.
  27. Flower is really one of the best games on Sony's PSN, that truly shows what Ps3 and the dual shock 3 can do. But the most correct word to describe Flower is "beautiful". A simple description for a simple but mesmerizing and touching experience.
  28. This is a beautiful game that is easy to pick up and play and should be accessible to anyone in the family. The game may falter in terms of replayability, but the levels have been designed to bring a true emotional feeling to the game through the use of lighting and music.
  29. This unconventional game movement is officially part of a growing trend on the PS3 and could be its key to success instead of a major "killer app" like Metal Gear Solid 4 or Killzone 2 as you'd expect.
  30. 85
    It won’t appeal to some PS3 owners, but if you enjoy the smell of grass and have no objection to recycling, however, then Flower is definitely appropriate.
  31. If you're looking for high-speed thrills and white-knuckled action, it should come as no great surprise that Flower is not your cup of tea. Yet its atypical approach is precisely what makes it so intriguing for those yearning for something off the beaten path.
  32. With a high definition TV and surrounding sound system the player will feel one of the best sensory experiences in these days. There are no words to describe Flower, and its a necessary experience for any city dweller locked up in a world of metal, glass and urban nightmares.
  33. Flower is a gorgeously crafted fable, and though short, it's genuinely mesmerising.
  34. Flower delivers on what it promises, and along the way you just might find yourself enjoying the ride again and again.
  35. The gorgeous visuals, superb motion controls, and refined gameplay elements come together to create a satisfying game.
  36. Flower is really zen gaming, and it can became a memorable experience for the players attracted by this concept. Regardless the tastes, it is a very original experience, with great control, only lacking in durability.
  37. Flower is a great attempt to break the habits of the average videogamer. Many interesting ideas and details make this game unique, supported by great graphics and musical score. The result might disorient the gamer in the first steps, but once you got it right, this experience really delivers. The only real drawback in the poor length, but considered the price, there's no reason to miss Flower.
  38. Ultimately, it’s an evening worth of entertainment and you’ll probably be satisfied with the result. Just don’t expect to be talking about Flower or playing it beyond the next couple of weeks.
  39. A tiny, beautiful, elegantly designed piece of software that I feel richer for having played.
  40. Flower is an epiphany moment for the SIXAXIS: a game that outright wouldn't work without the motion controls, and one enhanced tenfold by their perfect execution. Disregard it for its unconventionality and you'll be missing out on one of the finest (and definitely most exquisite) titles to hit PSN so far.
  41. It's an interesting take on a form of entertainment that often puts destruction over creation, and I definitely think some interesting conversation can come out of the theme presented by this title.
  42. 100
    The game's short -- the seven areas only take about two to three hours to finish on the first try (if you don't play it obsessively like I do). But it's a joy to revisit each stage -- the freedom of movement makes the game feel as relaxing as a gently wafting breeze. The challenge is there for those who seek it, but Flower is something everyone can enjoy.
  43. Visually potent and occasionally beautiful, Flower fulfills its premise with enviable grace.
  44. Another innovate game from Sony that shows a completely different style of game. It's not for everyone but it's worth checking out if you're looking for something different or want a game that lowers your blood pressure instead of raising it.
  45. 90
    A unique, beautiful title that tells a story without uttering a word - Flower is a quality game that deserves your time and attention.
  46. The tilting gameplay is both surprisingly simple yet elegant, letting you achieve goals at your own pace without frustration.
  47. Just enjoy the intensity: like all great art it leaves you wanting more; leaves you with the feeling that somehow you've connected with the universe. That's right, I said art. [Mar 2009, p.100]
  48. Most original game you want to play over and over and over. Fl0wer is an experimental game that focused on playability and it works perfectly. An addictive experience for everyone! [Feb 2009]
  49. The only rewards here are visual, and challenge is virtually non-existent. Yet thanks to elegance and lyricism, Flower made us feel slightly richer after putting down the pad. [Apr 2009, p.123]
  50. Flower delivers a relaxing and vibrant gaming experience that borders on art. If I was a potted flower, then this is what I'd like to dream about.
  51. Flower is a mesmerizing game that truly feels unique, and showcases how Six-Axis control can bring the gamer closer to the experience.
  52. Flower offers a great experience for $10 that anyone who is open-minded enough to try it out will enjoy a great deal. This game can be as simple as a great game for kids to play and explore without much of any conflict to worry about while technophiles will love the great visuals and audio as a way to show off their home theater set-ups to friends and relatives.
  53. 89
    Flower is magical. There really isn't another word to describe it. It's fresh, it's new, it's fun and it has a whole lot of heart. Don't pass on the opportunity to pick it up.
  54. A game only possible thanks to the PSN. Different, unique, completely different from what we are used to seeing in our consoles. A beautiful experience, with a really nice soundtrack, great gameplay and, overall, a pleasure for the users. Main problems: too short, and extremely linear. But it's worth it.
  55. Half art installation, half game, but exquisitely done. [Mar 2009, p.60]
  56. Although I would have liked to have seen a longer experience, if your in the market for new and unique experience look no further then Flower.
  57. A beautifully simple idea beautifully handled. [Apr 2009, p.82]
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 215 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 54
  2. Negative: 2 out of 54
  1. Mar 23, 2011
    10
    This game might seem simple, but the originality and creativity is solid and shines. Glad to see a quality and enjoyable game which does not rely on guns or repetitiveness to carry on the product as a whole. The elegance and relaxation is immersible and for $10, it does seem you do get your money's worth. Full Review »
  2. May 23, 2011
    6
    Stunning graphics and vibrant colors does not make up for shallow gameplay. Too much of flower is just comprised of guiding a flower pedal in the air and gathering more flower pedals. It was definitely stunning to see all of them rendered so lifelike but it's something I would be amazed to see as an E3 tech demo, not as a video game. Full Review »
  3. Dec 22, 2010
    7
    This is a relaxing game... So relaxing I almost fell asleep every time I played it, the game provides a novel and minimalistic but powerful meaning, somehow they managed to awaken me at the later levels when I started to understand the context of the subtle story it intends to show, so I can say that this game is special somehow but it has some issues, first of all the gameplay is controlled entirely with the sixasis feature on the ps3 controllers, making it very interesting but ultimately annoying, I hated how difficult it was forthe wind to follow my commands so every level I spent more time going back to the same areas multiple times untill I got all the flowers up, and second the music is almost too boring to actually realize the game has music going on. At the end I'm not sure if the game is worth the price I payed for it. Full Review »