One of the consequences of being a game reviewer is that I play video games all the time. I know, first world problems. It's a fun job that I wouldn't trade for anything else, but it also means that there's always a game I need to finish soon. That means squeezing game time into my schedule wherever it fits. Studies have shown that gaming before bed has adverse effects on sleep, but I end up doing it anyway. Fortunately, Spring Falls is so chill that it actually put me to sleep. It's not boring, it's just a game designed to be zen.
Spring Falls is now available on the App Store and Steam, with Android support coming in 2020. Everything about it - be it concept, gameplay, or ambiance - is designed to be relaxing. Players start at the top of a mountain made up of hexagonal tiles. One tile has a seed highlighted by a convenient beam of sunlight. Another tile has a pool of water. Clicking on a tile will lower it. You can figure out what to do from there.
Like most mobile puzzle games, Spring Falls introduces more obstacles as time goes on. For one, water isn't the only thing seeds need to grow. They also need fertile land, so you have to direct water onto green tiles to spread the fertilized love. Only when a seed has a connection to green land AND water will it flower. Later, some tiles on the edge will cause water to fall uselessly off the level. Other puzzles will introduce multiple seeds, and each needs a source of water. Take water away from one to feed another, and the flower will die.
Even with the addition of obstacles, however, Spring Falls doesn't fail to maintain its relaxed vibe. This is thanks to the ambient guitar that softly underlines the gameplay. It strikes a pleasant chord whenever you grow a flower. The game is also very forgiving. It has a permanent undo button, so there's never really a "Game Over" scenario. You just keep trying until that little seed sprouts.
Spring Falls is so gentle in its presentation and forgiving in its gameplay that you can't help but be calmed by it. It became a nice nighttime ritual for me. I would sit in bed and play a few levels. After 10 or 20 minutes, the day's worries would leave and I would feel my eyelids growing heavy. It's not often that a game putting you to sleep is a good thing. But Spring Falls is artfully chill.
An App Store review code of Spring Falls was provided to TheGamer by developer SPARSE//GameDev for this review. Spring Falls is available now for $3.99 on the App Store and $6.99 on Steam.