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Game Information
Short Introduction: 
Gröw is a game about the rejuvenation of a mighty oak. The light of the great tree is dying, and it's life force must be returned to the heart in order for it to be reborn. Harness the power of nature to restore the tree's life and allow it to Gröw.
Mac OS X+
Linux / Unix
Brief Play Description: 

Travel through a dark underground maze of roots, to battle swarms of negative energy using the tree's own life force. Players control swarms of natural energy which they can use to light their surroundings, battle enemies and convert them to their cause. Players use a beacon of light to control their swarm and must deposit energy into the heart of the tree. The hearts light is slowly fading and you must deposit energy into the heart of the tree in order to power up your light and explore deeper.


WASD: Move player
Mouse Left click: Activate beacon
Move Mouse: Rotate the beacon. The Swarm will follow the beacon while it is active.


You must use your swarm to battle the enemy swarms. Only when the beacon is active will your swarm attack.

Deposit your swarm in the center to keep the seed alive.

You win by depositing enough energy into the seed, and you lose if your whole swarm is defeated, or if the seed runs out of energy.

Known issues:

The game in it;s current state quits if you win or lose. Without downloading the patch, you will lose in the first few seconds if you don't do anything.

Diversifiers and Credits
GGJ 2012 Diversifiers : 
Followers: (Increasing number of NPCs follow you) The game involves a growing number of autonomous non-player characters that are always following the player character’s position.
Team Image: 
Team: Donkey Bacön: Jon Cooper Aaron Gordon Mike Osborne Sam Phippen Stewart Waldron
Game Files: 
Installation Notes: 

Download the game and extract.

Then download the patch from: https://www.studentrobotics.org/~plaw/grow-mod.zip

Extract the patch and copy and replace the original "GameHolder.class" and "GameHolder.java" with the new ones.

Double click launch to play!

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there's a bug in the submitted zip

you can get a patch for it here, just copy it over https://www.studentrobotics.org/~plaw/grow-mod.zip

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