Creating Moments of Beauty
This project is currently dormant
The Gardens of Kyresoo is massively multi-player
gardening game, or perhaps more accurately a pastime. The game
objective is to “create moments of beauty” by breeding flowers and
laying them out in formal gardens. It is a cooperative game, in
which you display your flowers to fellow gardeners, and freely
exchange seeds to increase the overall beauty of the world.
The world of Kyresoo is quite alien, but the biology
of the plants closely mimics those of Earth. This gives the flowers
you grow an alien but strangely familiar appearance.
Gameplay in Kyresoo is intended to be slow paced, non
addictive and cooperative. More like puttering around in your garden
than battling monsters. Gardens of Kyresoo is quite different from
most online games out there. Some of the differences are:
- The game objective is to create “moments of beauty”
rather than “moments of destruction”
- Cooperative rather than competitive play
- Relaxed, slow paced non-addictive gameplay you can
take a break from at any time.
- Minimal reliance on a central server. Players host
their own gardens in the world.
- Free to play, but with added status from becoming a
financial supporter of the world.
When can I play Gardens of Kyresoo?
The Gardens of Kyresoo is currently in development. A
technology demonstration of the flower breeding portion of the game
is available. The "world" aspects of the game, planting and viewing
gardens, travel, social communication etc. are yet to be coded. The
Tech Demo release covers the most difficult part to the game,
breeding flowers and engineering novel gene combinations. So be
aware this Demo is throwing you in at the deep end. The later phases
of the game, touring gardens, picking ready made seeds, and planting
your own garden, will be much more accessible.
For more background on the game click the FAQ link at
the top of this page. If you are interested in growing digital
flowers, click the DEMO link. The main game documentation can be
found on our FORUMS, where you can also post your feedback and
questions. The IMAGES link leads to a couple of screenshots of the
Demo flower growing trays, with some comments on their function.
Windows, Mac and Linux
The Demo code and data is currently available in an
easy to install package for Windows. Code and data files are also
available for the Mac and Linux. These have not yet been tested on
those platforms, so will require some technical expertise to
install. The game is written in the Java programming language, so
should be runnable on all three platforms. See the System
Requirements page, referenced on the DEMO page above, for more on
running on the Mac and Linux.