Who cares about the environment, or even the survival of an entire planet, when there’s money to be made? Yeah. Welcome to Green Planet, where nothing but profit matters. Nothing. But. Profit. Let’s hope our planet never succumbs to such unsavory madness. Well, more than it already has, anyway.
But instead of worrying about that, for the time being at least, how about Green Planet? No, not our green planet, obviously. The one you’ll be shoving lots and lots of chicken into cramped spaces so that they can produce eggs to make money so that you… can build factories and drilling platforms… to make even more money. Did I mention how this is essentially some kind of greed simulator? Because it totally is. Bit of an idle game too, although its relatively short length ensures that part doesn’t turn into a genuine negative. Kinda.
See, aside from plotting down cages and clicking to repair things when they break – which they will, and not infrequently at that – there’s not really a whole lot to do here. Oh right, you do have orders to fulfill, which is the only way to turn all those oddities you’re producing into, you know, money. Of which you’ll need a rather substantial amount to complete the task at hand – or so it may seem at first. In reality, however, chances are you’ll be done in around fifteen minutes. This is probably a good thing, since, while enjoyable, it is an undeniably basic experience.
While the somewhat large pixels might be off-putting to some, I doubt many will find fault anywhere else within the game’s presentation. Everything is clearly explained in a mercifully brief tutorial after which you’re let loose upon the poor unsuspecting planet, and… well, that’s about all there is to it. Would I recommend Green Planet? If it wasn’t a free/pay-what-you-want title, honestly, no. But combine that with its brief playtime, and suddenly, somehow, it’s actually pretty interesting, at times even downright fun.
Green Planet is available on itch.io, for free.