Birthdays The Beginning is the latest game from Yasuhiro Wada, the creator of Harvest Moon. The new sandbox game that released last week, allows players to shape and experiment in the creation of their own unique world using cubes.
The worlds you can create are limitless; building from scratch a wonderful diverse place that can include sweeping mountain landscapes and intricate forests. The vibrant and colourful aesthetic is a reminder of childhood, educational games such as Zoombinis and Zoo Tycoon, whilst the boundless gameplay creates a surprising and satisfying experience. The game is a celebration of life and the creation is a wonderful glimpse into the complexity of an eco-system.
With no two planets alike, creating your world is the first step in this glorious and innocent sim game. You’ll have the choice to fill up troughs of water and build tall mountains, whilst keeping track of your playtime and the age of your world. By constantly rejigging and moving certain aspects of your world, you’ll form plant life, which will give birth to animals, dinosaurs and more, that gradually evolve.
When you successfully create plants and animals, you’ll be able to ‘capture’ more details on them to learn and adjust your world. This will allow you to access an encyclopaedia of information on the animals and plants you’ve discovered. With a handy evolution tree to adapt your planet by adjusting the temperature, moisture and land height to encourage the planet to grow, learning and nurturing the life that springs there.
As you level up, you’ll have access to more information, which means different types of builds are available to you and your planet will continue to evolve, with helpful pointers guiding you along the way. With an evolution tree and the possibility of a human civilization, you’ll be able to understand and flourish your planet to give birth to a number of possibilities, including a tyrannosaurus!
Birthdays The Beginning is hours of nostalgic fun for adults and a genius wonder for children to learn about evolution and control and manage an entire eco-system.