I started playing Eufloria this weekend on Saturday afternoon and the next thing I knew, the afternoon was almost over. That generally is a good sign that a game is pretty fun. Eufloria is a minimalistic real-time strategy game. Most real-time strategy games focus on having a lot of different units each with its own strength and weekends. Eufloria differs in that it just has one unit type: Seedlings. Seedlings in Eufloria have three attributes (energy, speed and power) that can vary based on where they are created. In Eufloria you take over planets by sending your seedlings to them. Seedling them will fight any seedlings or plants on the planet until either they clear the planet for you or are killed. Once you clear the planet you can use 10 seedlings to plant a dyson tree or a defense tree. Dyson trees produce more seedlings and defense trees protect against enemy seedlings. The longer a tree has been growing after it is planted the faster it will produce seedlings or the more it can protect the planet for you. Each planets energy, speed and power levels determine the same levels of the seedlings that are created.
While Eufloria is a real-time strategy game it is less about the strategy than it is about experiencing the beauty and elegance of this minimalistic game. While you can zoom out the camera to see the entire map as once Eufloria is best when you zoom in and can see the seedlings flying around. The enemy AI is never very aggressive so winning pretty much every match is just a matter of waiting for enough seedlings to be created and then to move them from one planet to the next clearing them for you to take over. This leads to slow gameplay which can get a little coring if you are zoomed out and watching everything from a high overhead view. However, it you take the time to zoom in and watch the groups of seedlings flying around it can be quite relaxing and soothing.
Because the gameplay is fairly slow this is not the real-time strategy game for experience players. While there are arena style matches in addition to the main campaign these are still fairly slow paced. Long time real-time strategy gamers will most likely quickly get bored with it. However, people new to real-time strategy games should try Eufloria. Because of the simple, minimalist approach and the single unit type it is a great way to learn the basics of a real-time strategy game. Plus, they can take time to enjoy the experience of the Eufloria without having to worry about being overrun by enemies with they enjoy themselves.