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

Music and Sounds by Warm Star (also check out Warm Star's modular synthesizers)

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


If you're having trouble with a path and want some help, Coconut Mousse over on YouTube has also kindly made a playlist with a separate video for every single ending!  Find it over here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGQne04ZxH9LMcDJtjdH-3d5gsGlkivcS

Install instructions

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!

On Windows, if you have DLL issues:

 - If you see a message saying you're missing AntTweakBar.dll, make sure you unzip the whole zip file and run tree.exe from the same directory!

 - If you see a message saying you're missing VCRUNTIME140.dll and MSVCP140.dll, run the vc_redist.x86.exe installer from Microsoft, which you can download here: https://download.microsoft.com/download/9/3/F/93FCF1E7-E6A4-478B-96E7-D4B285925B...

Several people have commented about problems encountered when trying to download the game from itch.io, so in case you run into similar issues I've also hosted it on my own site.  These downloads should be the exact same as what is hosted on itch.io, so the only reason to try these is if itch.io is giving you some download issue.
windows: http://jimmylands.com/tree/tree_win.zip 
mac: http://jimmylands.com/tree/tree_mac.zip 


tree_mac.zip 352 MB
tree_win.zip 351 MB


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this is such an awesome game!! i've only been playing for a few minutes an I already love it!

I've added some alternate download links (see the install instructions section above) to help out anyone who is having issues with the itch download.


This is such a wonderful game to play! The movement endings would be great to speedrun. I just wish it was longer and slightly more refined, but overall this is one of my favourite itch games! (played on mac)


thanks, glad you enjoyed it!



Maybe you don't have enough space in your computer? Or  you are trying to download the mac version.

Or you have a mac

when i press download it just cancels it :( 

so im on windows and i cant download the game when it finishes it then proceeds to say download failed even though i have every thing i need installed

It sounds like your internet connection might just be failing during the download?  It's 351 MB so a relatively large file.  Sorry, there's nothing I can do to help with that.

i have a very stable internet connection plus ive downloaded files larger than this with no issues

Hmm, sorry I just don't know what's happening then; I am able to download the file fine, and I don't control the itch io website.

Thats actually because the antivirus is blocking it, Threapier38 Disable your antivirus stuff and download it

It's probably because you're trying to install the mac version.

i mean if you actually looked at the image up close you can see the windows version being downloaded

I will not

well just saying it's the windows version not the mac

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   how do you download? please im trying to download pls :(                               i have pc also i dont know what micosoft visual c++ is aaannnddd i have a itch acount sooooooooooooo how do i download plssssssss :(


just press the download button

don't you hate it when your factual friends are scattered all over the lands?

and plus you need microsoft visual C++ in order to play it


You shouldn't need the full Microsoft Visual C++, just the Visual C++ Redistributable that I link right above the download, in the install instructions ... 

i have itch installed and it works for me so i can play it

https://img.itch.zone/aW1hZ2UvMzY1ODI5LzE4MzEwODMuZ2lm/original/SGAfFJ.gif DUDE DID YOU SEE IN THE END?

Why cant u play on linux     

i cant download eatheir im on chrome

Sorry, I don't know what the issue would be; for me both the download buttons above work fine still.

how do you downlod it

please tell me

i knew it's gonna be good

it took so long to download, but it was worth it


I now know the ins and outs of being a tree.

Thank you creator

I realy want to play this game

I'm Guessing Your On Linux?

yeah me to


good but i did accidentally delete my save slot :c


This looks like an awesome game! Sadly, I can't play it on a chromebook...

me too


it is


I've always wondered what it'd be like to be a tree. Now, thanks to this incredibly detailed simulation I was able to experience it firsthand. Thank you! 💜

Hard experience about being... just being

Всем привет, игра хороша, сломал пару пальцев пока ее проходил.  :)

Hola! Grabe un video en español sobre tu juego y me divertí mucho en el proceso. Aquí te lo dejo. Disfrútalo!

Hi! I made a video about your game. It´s really funny! Good job! The video is in spanish. 

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This was such a fun game! The endings were entertaining to get, and I got all 16 plus all the traingles/fractals in about 2 hours (all endings I show in the video as well). Although frustrating at times (especially the bird ending) it was well made and well worth the time to play. The controls reminded me of Getting Over It to some extent, though they were not nearly as intentionally frustrating as that game is.

How to Be a Tree is random but worth it, if you're debating downloading it, I would recommend for an hour or 2 of nonsensical shenanigans!

I am actually not sure if I cleared all of the game or not. I got all of the triangles, and seem to have opened every path, but I don't know where to go after getting all paths and triangles?


If you've seen all 16 endings and also your roots then you've seen everything.


once upon a time there're 16 endings and 1 beginning son

I can't start the game, I've unzipped the file and whenever I try to run the program a command console shows up





sorry, what OS, what does the console say, does anything else happen?

solved, nvm

how do i play it?

use your arrow button

left and right to move

up and down to expand

checked the playlist if you prefer watching :)


I'm confused i hit the launch button and it try's to open but nothing happens it even say's i've played the game? Any idea's?

i've never had this problom with anyother game, also seen mark play the game and look's real fun

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i looked in to it and it says i don't have api-ms-win-crt-math-l1-1-0.dll What should i do?

sorry, not sure but it may work if you run the msvc redistributable installer: https://download.microsoft.com/download/9/3/F/93FCF1E7-E6A4-478B-96E7-D4B285925B...

If it says there's another program runing from the file

any idea how to fix it? :)

Sorry, haven't seen an error like that before.  Restarting the computer might fix it.

Whenever I launch the game it just shows a still image of the game's start. Whenever I move the window it updates that, however, it only updates it one time.  This doesn't allow me to play the game or see what's happening, I can only input stuff. Does anyone know how I could fix this?

very strange... Windows or Mac?

Windows, I've unzipped the file into a different folder after it not working in the .zip file, however it still didn't work

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Make to unzip the whole zip file, and run tree.exe from the same folder as all the dlls!  (It won't work if you try to run tree.exe directly out of the zip file; you need to unzip the whole folder first.)

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right click tree.zip, click "extract all", extract to a folder, open the folder, run tree

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I really enjoyed that the tree developed superpowers that it could keep across all timelines, and that I didn't need to collect every triangle to get the last ending. I think my favorite line was "I'll find a cure for your ability to move."


Saw Markilpier play this and it looked like fun and I wasn't disappointed. This game is a ton of fun! The puzzles and obstacles are really cool and trying to get around them can be a challenge but it feels pretty good! Made a video, hope you enjoy, and look out for more episodes soon!

thid game si xdxdxd

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What should I do if it says that there's two missing dll files?

I'd really like to play this game, so I would appreciate some help if you're not too busy.

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What type off ddl or dll and what name of the missing files

The missing files are VCRUNTIME140.dll and MSVCP140.dll

same issue

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Sorry, try installing the "Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015": https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48145

Edit: Make sure you run the x86 version, specifically this one: https://download.microsoft.com/download/9/3/F/93FCF1E7-E6A4-478B-96E7-D4B285925B...

I tried downloading Visual C++ at the link provided, but it didn't help at all.

I love this game so much not only this gameplay is unic the art style is fantastic if there is ever going to be a steam release with more endings i will definitely buy

Really fun game and cool mechanics



open the tree.exe if youre on windows (after it extracted)


Very Quality Itch Game

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