Eufloria HD Now On PC, Free To Buyers Of The Original

Eufloria grew from PC indie development, before snapping loose a seedling and floating off to colonise more mobile asteroids with Eufloria HD. Now it’s returning. The neat strategy game about expansive space gardening launches its expanded remake today on Steam, and features a new 25-level story mode, a ‘relaxed mode’ for ambient experiences’, and more. It’s also free to anyone who purchased the original game.

Here’s a trailer for Eufloria HD from November 2012, when it was first released on yer iPads and mobiles:

And here’s the full list of features for Eufloria HD:

  • Gorgeous high-definition visuals
  • A 25-level Story Mode with many hours of gameplay
  • Relaxed Mode for a more ambient experience which anyone can enjoy
  • Skirmish levels that can be played again and again
  • Dark Matter Mode for a stylish, more challenging way to play
  • Original ambient soundtrack by Brian Grainger (Milieu)
  • Procedurally-generated levels which are different every time

As far as indie games go, Eufloria dates back to the movement’s initial heyday. Here’s Jim writing about the game in its freeware form in 2008, when it was called Dyson. (The download link on that page still works, unusually). He described it as “soft yet strategic, fierce yet calm”, which held true for the eventual, greatly expanded retail release. I always thought of it as a graceful counter-point to the brute force and neon of Galcon Fusion. Both games scratch the same sense of satisfaction for me, one that comes from commanding swarms of things.

If you’ve never owned any previous version, Eufloria HD is will be $15 from Steam or $20 for the Deluxe Edition with the original game and a soundtrack. Alternatively you can buy both direct from the developer now, with the basic HD version costing £10.06.

19 Comments

  1. Telkir says:

    A very relaxing and zen-inducing game. It’s nice that they’re offering the content for free to existing owners – good to see this game and others showing continued generosity from the indie realm :)

    • Gap Gen says:

      Not when light green just got a white-glowy flower and is pumping them into your best asteroid, and you’re bleeding seedlings just to keep them at bay.

      I actually prefer this game on the phone/tablet; the touch interface works really well compared to the mouse interface.

  2. suibhne says:

    Great news that us old-school owners will get the upgrade for free – I love seeing that kind of behavior from devs. Curiously, the HD version still isn’t listed in Steam’s catalog, but I trust that’ll get sorted later today.

    • fco says:

      yeah, i wish the metros and the human revolutions of the world would learn something about how to treat your costumers

      • alms says:

        We do have a right to free HD costumes indeed.

      • Bodylotion says:

        Well to be fair you can’t really compare a game like this to Metro or Deus Ex.

  3. KDR_11k says:

    Does HD make it less repetitive? It was always just “fend off the initial attacks, build up a large force, swamp everything”.

    • Llewyn says:

      It’s a shame, it’s nowhere near as good a game as it is an experience. Still, it’s a lovely thing to just idle away in at times.

      • Cinek says:

        More like “at time” – this game got very poor replayability. It’s basically one-time gig. I did enjoy it for that first 10 minutes, but after that it just felt… boring. Yea, visuals are decent, but there’s very little to nothing underneath them.
        IMHO $15 is way too much for what it has to offer.

        • MadTinkerer says:

          I like it because replaying it is extremely relaxing. Unless you forget what’s going to happen on the level and accidentally set yourself up for the AI to wipe you out instead of the other way around, I’ve found it to be extremely helpful when I’m in a certain mood.

          You know the feeling, I’m sure, when you’re frustrated from a long day of work and want to CRUSH YOUR ENEMIES UNDER YOUR FEET but are too tired for a serious strategy game, replaying Eufloria levels is perfect for sitting back and relaxing and sending your armies of death-flowers to obliterate other armies of death-flowers to the sounds of pleasant ambient music.

    • Gap Gen says:

      At some point in the last year they seemed to upgrade the AI for skirmish, at least on the Android version. Suddenly there’s a real threat that the enemy will swamp you if you don’t expand fast enough, and if they get white glowy flowers and you don’t you’re doomed (which possibly doesn’t work design-wise, but eh). It’s probably my favourite strategy game to play on public transport at the moment (at least on android, since I don’t habitually carry a DS around).

  4. Muzman says:

    Still my favourite RTS-lite. It’s definitely an under explored genre.

  5. njursten says:

    Oh! It’s one of my favorite games. I really loved the music and the feeling.

  6. bon_got_ron says:

    Great soundtrack on this game, one of the few where I don’t immediately switch the music off.

  7. Heliocentric says:

    It’s completely beautiful, but a rubbish strategy game which got generous reviews from people who hadn’t played strategy games in years. Kinda bitter, 63% metascore for a difficult screensaver.

  8. Doganpc says:

    The cleanest fun you can ever have with spermatozoon.

  9. Shadowcat says:

    It’s also free to anyone who purchased the original game.

    You really should have given all the details about that! Please update the article with the following information from link to eufloria-game.com

    All of you who bought the original Eufloria direct from ourselves or Steam are eligible for a free copy of Eufloria HD. Steam owners will shortly be upgraded automatically. If you don’t own a Steam copy, contact us with proof of purchase from this website. Anyone who purchased from other Windows stores, we’ll look to upgrade you soon.