Latest update:
v0.3.1 - 4/16/2022
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Sprout your sapling and find your way up from the forest floor!

  • Ascend upwards to escape the forest floor.
  • Grow branches into sunlight to gather energy with leaves.
  • Explore and find your route through each level.
  • Don't run out of energy or your poor sapling will die.

Continuous development is  the plan. Follow here for updates.

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StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
(8 total ratings)
Authorsdwdraws, ladymudkipz
GenreAction, Survival
Made withGodot
Tags2D, nature, Pixel Art, Singleplayer
Average sessionA few minutes


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Sapling.exe 63 MB
Sapling.dmg 45 MB
Sapling.x86_64 65 MB

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Hi, I enjoyed the game, good art style and music, feels smooth. I would have a few suggestions on the gameplay though, I would add some extra mechanics because after I found an optimal strategy there were no real challenges, I almost always won. My strategy is approach to the closest sunlight and when the branch can reach it use both of them and move the minimum amount and put more and more branches until the light is out of reach, then go to the next one or up if none is visible. And also a few times sunlight spawns in walls where it can’t be reached.

Thanks for playing and the feedback and I completely agree on all points you made. I've been iterating on the gameplay for a while and still haven't found the right mechanics to bring it all together but I'm getting closer every iteration. The core feel of growing upward and outward with stems and branches still feels good which gives me faith :) I have already cobbled together gameplay changes based on feedback that will depart from this version somewhat dramatically so maybe that'll be the one. Cheers!