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This post is brought to you by Tree Story.
If you’ve read Mom Knows It All for a while then you might recall that back in May I wrote a post about a new app called Tree Story. Tree Story is a game in which players get to enjoy themselves while helping the environment. Zig Zag Zoom, the company behind the game, believes that people can change the world and do good just by playing mobile games.
The goal of Tree Story is to raise virtual trees. You have to care for them properly, which is done by playing the game for a few minutes. Once you have raised your virtual tree it is put into a virtual forest. Each time a tree is sent to the virtual forest, a real tree is planted. This planting is done as part of a partnership with The U.S. Forest Service, with notable partners including
- The Nature Conservancy
- ACTrees (an organization representing over 350 local tree planting organizations)
- Arbor Day Foundation
- Project Learning Tree
A few days ago, Zig Zag Zoom got a major iOS update, bringing more mini games, easy-to-share-tree photos, an art overhaul and other game features to iOS players. And that’s not all. They also released Tree Story for Android!
Playing Tree Story is easy. As explained in my original post, first you select the type of seed you are going to raise, and the place you want to plant it. Then you care for your virtual tree. Your tree is a happy and healthy little character on its own, and when you interact with it you will notice your tree become its own cute little character.
Your tree needs to eat. You can buy different foods with points that you’ve earned.
As a young child needs to get the appropriate amount of rest, your tree also needs energy. To give your tree this you turn on the sun.
It’s healthy to play. When you choose to play with your tree you are presented with several mini-games. You can play one or more than one, it’s up to you.
As your tree grows and you move through the game you earn things, such as clothing.
It’s important to remember to check in on your tree occasionally.
As of the launch date of August 20, 2015, Tree Story is now available in two versions:
- a paid version with no ads that will have an introductory offer of $0.99.
- a free version that does have ads.
I totally understand the reason to support an app through the use of ads. Since this game could be played by young children, I would really like to see a way to specify the age of the player when the game starts, so that ads are appropriate. I was presented with an add for a “shoot em up” game, which came in the form of a very brief video. Those games do have their place and their audience, but I’m sure there are some parents who would prefer their child not see that type of a video.
The other big add is the ability to easily share your photos and progress on social media.
Here’s the Tree Story trailer, explaining game play a bit better.
I still think this game is great. It lets kids have fun while doing something good. And that carries an important underlying message – one person can make a difference.