Death lasers destroy life – that’s why they call them ‘death lasers’, don’t you know anything? – but they can create it too. As rays bombard your cutesy planet in Pollinator [official site], they also create holes for seedlings to nestle into. As those grow up, they eject pollen which give other flowers special hugs, which… it’s a game about carefully placing plants to create hybrids and score as high as possible. It’s pretty, and pretty fun, and has some smooth jazz.
For the non-Francophones (look at me, trying to pretend I’m some flipping master of languages) I’ll explain: you control the planet’s rotation, trying to have the laser dig holes in useful places and directing drifting seedlings and pollen. If flowers breed another of their species, they’ll create a seedling for the next level of plant, which you’ll need to quickly guide into a clear hole. You can stack seedlings onto existing plants to give them more flower heads too.
Pollinator was made in 48 hours by a team under the direction of Marcos Healey, who’s creative director at LittleBigPlanet lot Media Molecule. Sadly, the accompanying web show seems region-locked to France, as the show’s part of a competition to be broadcast on cable channel France 4.