next ending: tree in Outer Space and King of Mountain
How to Be a Tree
A downloadable game for Windows and macOS
How to Be a Tree is a game about the many ways to be a tree!
~~~ CREDITS ~~~
Code / Design / Visuals by Jimmy "Zaphos" Andrews
Warm Star also helped a ton with testing and with showing the game and such, thanks so much, Warm Star!
Some fonts by Chevy Ray (via this excellent pixel font pack), others by Natanael Gama
Inspiration by that processing tree example
Thanks to all the people who tested and commented on and encouraged the game! Including: Stephen Lavelle, Fernando Ramallo, Ian Snyder, bateleur, Robert Yang, th15, Martin 2BAM, Aaron Oldenburg, Stevie Hryciw & all the cool people at Hype O'Clock, Nicky Case, Greg Pomputius, Rahul Narain, John Polson, Loren Schmidt, Charles Boebinger, all the super nice people over on tigsource in the devlog, and so many more ...
Special thanks to Stephanie Andrews and Lord Byron :)
Made with Box2D, GLFW3, FMOD, QHull, AntTweakBar, FTGL, and stb_image
On mac, you'll need to right-click and select "open," and on windows you'll need to click 'more info' and "run anyway" -- I didn't bother becoming an 'identified developer,' sorry!
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This is some good shit right here.
im a book and a fighter
dont forget to check the secret ending of the beginning :D
Hi! I'm a Tree
Still enjoyed it though :P
Never have I experienced such wonders as I did when learning to be a tree. I know have knowledge I never knew existed. Thank you all for making this.
ending 6 & 7
FREEDOM FOR ALL TREES ! got ending 7, 10 and 12 :D
love the game btw !
Had to STICK with it but enjoyed this, I thought it was TREE-mendous
Ending 4 & 5
Kinda bizarre game imo but it was a fun to play it. Controls were kinda strange so it reminded me as i was playing QWOP again. I like the fact there are multiple endings possible.
Fun game tho, good job!
This was such an interesting game! To think that there are so many ways to become a tree...it's just amazing! I love the graphics and the music within the game. I even like the little drawings at the end of each ending! Puzzle games are not my type of thing but this one is pretty cool.Since my computer sucks, I am really glad my computer was able to run this game. I had little bits of lag in certain areas but it didn't bother me as much. Thanks so much! Keep up the good work!
really fun game
Hey, you actually released this game! Awesome! :-)
This game does not work
He is bad
All 17 Ending is Uploaded..... Yeay....
Ending 3hope you enjoy it
first ending for those who prefer watching than playingwill post 1 a day
Found all ending in 3 hours, haven't played challenging puzzle game for a long time
I often forget root can collect things!
Tip: if you cannot collect fractal things or access some area yet, try unlock more "power" by unlocking more branches!(There is 5 plus a final one, find them yourselves!)(I think the power key themselves have a hidden message... not sure)
any of you feel this one like a stanley parable?
notes: first ending publish tommorow (19 hours more) :D
Fun concept, hard controls. (I'm on pc)
What a great game! I have genuinely never seen a mechanic like this, and it was actually really fun to play with. Cute story too, never a boring moment!
Wonderful game! I saw your post on TIGSource a while back and am delighted to see it finally released. I loved the exploration, physics, and humor.
You might not want to be distributing all the pixel fonts though, since I don't think they're free... I don't know the license though.
oops, thanks for the heads up; I didn't think about that! I did buy them, and I'm not sure how else to distribute them, but I've updated the zip files to remove all the ones I was not using and added a text file pointing people to the purchase link ... hopefully that helps ...
(To anyone interested in good pixel fonts, definitely go to https://chevyray.itch.io/pixel-fonts !)
thank you for telling me
now im guilty if i use those
This was really fun! Completed the whole thing in one sitting, and I'm currently messing around with the 16th ending's powers :D
Really good game, unique movement mechanics and really great branching gameplay. Literally.
Got all the endings. Reallty fun and well made. Unique in very many ways. Probably one of the best games iv'e played on itch.io. You should really be proud of this one :)
Really, really cool game. Thoroughly enjoyed it! Got most of the endings, but still about 4 more to get. :)
The 'Tree' in this game reminds me of an Annual Erioganum or Wild Buckwheat plant. They grow a rosette of leaves, then quickly grow an umble of tiny flowers which dries up and breaks off after the flowers produce seed. The umble then bounces around in the wind, scattering its seeds.
The first time I played the game, I did exactly what the 'eye' said and didn't do anything just sat there without touching the controls. Was interesting wondering what the eye would do next and if the game would start a tutorial or something showing me what I could do. I guess I 'won' the first play through.
When I realized that the game wasn't going to tell me what to do in terms of controls, I started playing around with the mouse and keyboard in the second try at the game. I enjoyed the opening level and the next one after it, enormously. Found myself actually laughing with surprise at what hitting the arrow keys did and especially when I figured out that I could move about more or less on purpose with certain keystroke combinations.
Made me think of the 'Tree' as more like an undersea creature - one of those things that has properties of both animals and plants.
I was really enjoying experimenting with the game until I got to the next level with the spinning saws. Seeing the 'Tree' get chopped up and starting the level over again was more frustrating than fun. I think I'd like it better without the saws and instead with just increasngly tricky terrain to deal with. Was enjoying how the game seemed to be totally different from most games and wasn't about running away from monsters or killing monsters, was just about experimenting with what you could do. You could maybe make a second version in which the 'Tree' is never chopped up.
It's a very clever game that shows how great it is that there are places for indie games to be released. Something like this would probably not be published by the big companies since it is so very different from what players expect.
I'm not planning to make any additional versions but if you'd like to explore the levels beyond that, there is an "unlock all levels" option in the options menu.
This game was bizarre, though I have to say the branching story-lines were really cool. I would appreciate a sub!
i am big boy
ending 1 2 3 4 7 recorded collected - 11 more to go
may i share those 16 recorded walkthrough here?
Cool, & sure! share as you please :)
tree/tree will tree again
I've been enjoying this. Still gotta collect a few more sierps, but I've seen 2^4-1 endings so far.
Fun game, heh, well done)
Looks really neat. Will surely try it. :)