Hitchiker’s Ride Through The Galaxy: Grow Up

Grow Home was one of last year’s best surprises. In tottering hero B.U.D., a robot who behaves like a drunk toddler, Ubisoft found a protagonist more engaging and iconic than any number of baseball caps or historical murderers. The sequel, Grow Up [official site], is out next month, having been announced at E3 just a month ago. I don’t have a great deal of news to report but I am very happy about that new picture of B.U.D. hanging on to the back of a flying space-fish like a mechanical Marty McFly.

Grow Up expands on the original by providing B.U.D. with a Floradex, which allow the little bot to clone the 24 plant species found across the game’s new planet (and its moon). Aerial abilities have also been beefed up, as can be seen in the presentation below.

But look at that fish-thing at the top of the page. Look at how its expression is both curious (“WTF IS THIS THING HANGING ON TO MY ASS”) and a bit cheesed off (“PLEASE LEAVE MY ASS ALONE”). There are a couple more new screenshot2 right here.

If you haven’t played the first game, you won’t know how incredible the actual growth mechanic is. It lets you essentially construct levels within levels, riding enormous stems into the sky and controlling their growth. You can make structures, stairways to heaven, Lovecraftian effigies, or space-labyrinths. It’s extraordinary.

Grow Up could be my favourite 3d platformer since Super Mario Galaxy.


  1. james___uk says:

    Grow Home IS my favourite platformer, I have too many good feelings about that lovely game. Nice to know this years GOTY is out soon :)

    • Ross Angus says:

      Amen, brother. One of the most relaxing games I think I’ve ever played. I didn’t want it to end.

    • Matsimo says:

      Same here. What I just thought after playing Final Approach yesterday evening: this would be really nice in VR, wouldn’t it? I just imagine steering a tiny Bud from above, the plant growing up to me…

      • james___uk says:

        It would, I got to play Luckys Tale on the Oculus and what struck me is how good it all was for showing off environments, and Grow Home was a nice looking game

  2. lokimotive says:

    It’ll be interesting to see how this ends up. Grow Home was wonderful, and I just thought the logical next step would be more planets with different biomes. I’m not sure how the approach of an entire planet will play out, though it looks like there’s different areas, all of which you grow your own plant tendrils from? Anyway, I’m hoping it’ll be just as delightful as the first game.

  3. brucethemoose says:

    Has RPS made a list of the best PC platformers yet?