April 26th-29th 2013 :: Theme: Minimalism

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by NeuronFire - 48 Hour Compo Entry

Remove the unnecessary to reveal your bonsai's true form!

Click on the unneeded foliage to remove it before the pot becomes too small to and your bonsai dies off.

4/29/2013: Fixed a bug where your subsequent trees would have phantom branches, preventing you from winning your 2nd game, or later...

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triforcespark says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 12:15pm

This needs more gameplay. Good idea, anyway

deige101 says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 5:17pm

This is probably the longest submission that I played. Surprisingly relaxing and enjoyable. +1 for GladOS

jolle says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 4:45pm

I think the fully trimmed bonsai in this game is too trimmed, but maybe it's just my personal taste that's not minimalistic enough :)

I like the idea, but it could have used something more (although maybe that would have been in conflict with the theme), not sure what.

Apr 30, 2013 @ 4:57pm

I think I don't know enough about bonsai to "get" this game, but it seems interesting.

mikeware says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 5:00pm

Really interesting idea. Virtual Bonsai. Seems a little crazy to click each pixel though. Thinking it'd be interesting if it starts in the middle and you see it growing, and you have to trim it back continually...?

Also, be nice if the message at the end in the textbox actually stated if you won or lost as it says both right now.

ashdnazg says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 5:01pm

I'm not sure clicking all the pixels on a screen is considered game-ish...
It's very pretty but I couldn't see any strategy or point.

itsZN says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 5:03pm

I like this, but I agree, it looks too trimmed

bytegrove says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 5:03pm

Always nice with procedural generation. The gameplay is pretty lacking though, and the surrounding text kept getting selected when I clicked on the foliage, which was pretty annoying. Maybe you could expand upon the idea by adding upgradeable tools or something like that?

Stryphe says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 5:07pm

I like the idea!

Christian S. says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 7:21am

The web link seems to be broken.

NeuronFire says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 11:59pm

Hmm.. it seems to be working now. Thanks for letting me know Christian.

runonthespot says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 9:23pm

Was fun. I clearly butchered my bonsai though, so pretty much exactly like a real one would be.

Kimau says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 12:43pm

Loved it to bits <3

So relaxing and a wonderful experience.
Small tip, one thing that broke it for me was double clicking and selecting the top text. Quick fix for that below.

-webkit-touch-callout: none;
-webkit-user-select: none;
-khtml-user-select: none;
-moz-user-select: none;
-ms-user-select: none;
user-select: none;

Tiago says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 10:48pm

Nice game! Really relaxing to trim down the tree, just missing some soothing groove, good job!

mrexcessive says ...
May 4, 2013 @ 3:12pm

Very interesting take on theme... it's not quite as calming as maybe a real tree would be... but very novel.

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