Review Green the Planet
A charming clicking game
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 02 Oct 2015, tested on HTC One M8
Beautiful artwork, addictive gameplay, plenty of upgrades
Some of the systems could use a short explanation
It’s hard to say exactly what Green the Planet for Android is. It’s like one of those endless clickers, but you’re not really clicking as much as you’re just tapping and holding. The premise of the game is that you’re trying to sort of terraform a desolate planet that your spaceship landed on.
Your main objective is to collect energy, though. Energy is basically the currency that you’ll use to spend on upgrades. You can choose to greenify your planet, upgrade your weapons, upgrade your Auto Collector robot, or upgrade radar to detect rare comets.
Energy can be collected one of two ways: you can wait for shooting stars to fall on the planet (exceedingly slow) or you can use your weapons to destroy comets that are passing by overhead. These comets contain tons of energy and is definitely the best and most fun way to collect energy. My biggest gripe is that upgrading your weapons takes a relatively short time. Once you unlock the laser, you’re pretty much set. After that, it just takes a while for comets to show up. When I first played the game, there were too many comets to keep up with. Now one passes every 10 seconds or so. I have the capabilities of making lots of energy, but the supply just isn’t there.
Weapon systems are arbitrary because once you can take a comet down in one hit, you won’t really need to be able to take them down super fast anymore. Upgrading your Auto Collector is good for when you don’t want to play because it will collect energy for you. But it can only hold so much before you have to empty it out.
Green the Planet is an incredibly fun game, but it seems short. The stick of the carrot is just a bit too short because I felt like I had pretty much seen everything I really wanted to after about an hour, and that’s a shame because the game is beautiful and fun.