Trees need water, and in the new iOS game Baum, your goal is to guide a water droplet to a tree’s flower. Your finger controls the power of the wind to propel the drop past thorny patches, and across twisting branches. Baum mixes zen like atmosphere with action platformer elements to provide a relatively fresh mix on iOS. The game is all about touch to draw the path you want the water droplet to move, and there are ever increasing complexities to maneuver through.
Baum presents the passage of day with four levels each for morning, afternoon, twilight, and night. The 18 levels offer multiple checkpoints, and varied challenges with secret portions included too. Each level is scored based on the number of collectibles picked up, time taken, and lives lost to offer the familiar three star scoring system for potential replay. The game is presented with a high quality art style, but it’s not the most fluid in motion with some stuttering when multiple animations are on screen.
It’s easy to pick up and play Baum, and yet there’s still challenge with the tight stretches to maneuver the water droplet through. The game still may be a bit too easy at times because you have unlimited wind power, and you can course correct while the water droplet is airborne to always have it in the right position. The later levels slog down with more going on, and that makes it a bit tougher to course correct resulting in some lives lost. Through it all, the game goes by awfully quick, and there’s limited challenge and variation in that time. Baum is short and sweet, but it would be nice to see more than thorns and seed shooters as obstacles.
Baum ($1.99, Universal) delivers a fresh idea made for touch that is worth picking up with the understanding that it’s not the most complex or lengthy game in the App Store.