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

PlatformsWindows, macOS
Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
(78 total ratings)
Tags2D, Life Simulation, Nonlinear, Physics


tree_mac.zip 352 MB
tree_win.zip 351 MB

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 


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how do i play i

I like this game. It's simple and sweet :)

If you decide to delete the game, it's still in AppData. Press Win + R, run "%APPDATA%", then look for a folder called "howtobeatree".


How to beat ree?

:D, Great gam

this is cool and funny!

how do i get on this game

Deleted 1 year ago

you can unzip the folder and then run the program

can sombody please tell me if it is possible to get this on a chromebook.

sorry, it only runs on windows or mac

how do you find the play buttun

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i think i just have a really slow pc but this game isnt downloading

will you make a linux version

sorry, I am not planning to do any porting or further development on this

Anyone know how to reset progress? I wanna replay through the game from the beginning without the abilities and the progress of hopping to any level.


Sorry it's a little buried -- Press 'Escape' to bring up the menu, then choose "Back," then "Clear Save / Restart"


absolutely  amazing

Great game, mystical soundtrack, funny, weird, simple, unique and big. I couldn't ask for any more!

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 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.

Deleted 1 year ago

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

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