Growtopia – Creativity abounds in Ubisoft’s MMO

ByJose A. York

May 26, 2022

Growth is Ubisoft’s sandbox-style massively multiplayer online (MMO) mobile game, where players can punch, build, and grow anything, including building materials, decorations, clothing, tools, and more. ., all with one goal in mind: in Growtopia, players can become anyone and create anything. These items can be used in a myriad of ways, including being broken down to create a seed, which can be planted and grown into a tree, which when harvested will drop more of the item (and some gems, the Growtopia currency game). Add to that the ability to combine items to create new items, and players may end up looking forward to the chance to harvest a Great White Shark Tree. Or a wizard hat tree, for those who want something less toothy.

In Growtopia, players can use their imaginations to explore nearly endless creative paths, designing worlds and filling them with fun activities and objects. It doesn’t matter if someone is a fashionista, an architect, a social butterfly or an experimenter – Growtopia has a way for everyone in its community to express themselves and enjoy the game.

The easiest way to get started in Growtopia is, well, to grow things. Plant a seed, grow a tree, harvest the items and use them to trade, decorate your world or craft a sturdy wardrobe. The possibilities expand dramatically when you start splicing; this is a core gameplay mechanic in Growtopia, and it’s one of the best ways for curious minds to experiment with combining materials to create new in-game items. Splicing is done by planting two different seeds in the same block; for example, combining a dungeon door seed with a death spike seed will create a portcullis. Almost any crafted item can be re-spliced, creating a cascading tree of possibilities; players must collect as many seed varieties as possible and experiment with combinations for each of them.

Some of the combinations will make logical sense, like the seeds of a fishbowl and glass pane that connect to form a rectangular aquarium, while others require some suspension of disbelief, like an antique radio being the product of a toilet seed and a dungeon door. seed. It’s always a good idea to keep track of your splice attempts to help keep track of what specific combinations of elements create, although there are many recipes available online or in Growtopia worlds. . Some elements cannot be spliced, which can mean one of two things: either the element has reached its evolution peak, or the two selected elements simply do not create anything when combined.

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Growtopia worlds are measured in blocks, and at 100 blocks long and 60 blocks high, that’s around 5,400 blocks for players to shape and decorate however they like. Each element of the game is approximately the size of a block, and players’ starting worlds have a basic model of sky above and earth below. Only dirt, lava, cave backgrounds, and rocks are available at first, but players can quickly combine different combinations to grow their inventory. At the start of the game, Growtopia players will likely focus on building an efficient farm, allowing them to harvest basic items for seeds that can be spliced ​​into more advanced creations. For example, soil and rock seeds stuck together create grass, which is a component of several recipes for hair, plants, and decorative items.

As players grow their inventory, their ability to modify their world to create unique designs increases exponentially. Growtopia gives players the chance to live out their wildest fantasy; you can create galactic worlds worthy of an astronaut captain, murky cave worlds for dungeon crawlers, underwater explorations for marine biologists, and more. Some designers also choose to focus on aesthetic designs, where looking at a magnified view of the whole world reveals a work of art. Entrepreneurial players can go so far as to build mall-like worlds, called trade worlds, lined with items and seeds that visitors can buy.

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Traveling to other worlds and interacting with other players is a mainstay of Growtopia. Not only is it a way to share world designs with the community, but it’s also a key way to get new materials. Most trading worlds will sell goods in exchange for World Locks, one of the most important items to have in Growtopia – when placed in a world it prevents anyone from harvesting materials or making changes. Each player gets a World Lock when they start their first Growtopia world, and more can be purchased from the in-game store or from the NPC Traveling Lock Salesman. By trading in other worlds or creating a trading world with fair deals, players can quickly expand their inventory and even make a friend or two along the way.

Growtopia’s social scene is also full of mini-games for players to enjoy. Some are official game worlds, others are user-generated, but all offer fun challenges and an opportunity to win prizes. Mini-games include mazes and puzzles that players can visit and try to solve, adventures, with panels that tell a full story to accompany the visitor’s journey, parkour challenges, tricky surgery quests – even PvP competitions. Players can also enjoy Startopia, Growtopia’s quest-based space simulation, where they assume the role of Star Captain and complete missions to earn out-of-this-world rewards. These minigames help solidify Growtopia’s mission to let anyone be anything.

Often traveling to other Growtopia worlds and interacting with other players can inspire new ideas. These worlds could have items that guests haven’t yet discovered on their own, like Dating Dandy’s hair, or they could use them in innovative ways, like using signs to tell stories. Popular worlds usually have many players selling their own wares at the same time, and they’re often dressed to impress. Players can outfit their avatars with clothing sets, known as “sets” for short, that show off their own bespoke fashion sense.

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Putting together an awesome outfit is another way players can creatively express themselves in Growtopia. Clothing, hairstyles, and hand items can all be farmed, traded, or purchased from the in-game store. While some items, such as wings, give gameplay boosts, most are purely cosmetic. Some sets are designed for a specific look, like the Assassin’s Creed-inspired nine-piece Ezio set, while others come together for a cohesive aesthetic, like the robes and wizard’s hat. Still others are random assortments that make a lasting impression, like a Santa coat, cargo pants, and a rooster hat.

Transmutation is a key part of building sets, as it allows players to use a Transmutabooth to combine two garments and create something completely new, like a funky wizard’s hat that expands the build radius of a player. Designers can experiment with different combinations – the only parameter is that both items must be part of the same clothing slot, which means you can combine two hats, but not a hat with pants. When two items are transmuted, the first item placed in the machine will retain its gameplay buffs (like the ability to double jump, summon pets, or heal faster), but take on the appearance of the second item . Because placement order is so important when transmuting in Growtopia, each combination has two different outcomes, doubling the creativity of the set.

If you are ready to share your creation with other players, you can submit your worlds to be featured as World of the Day; if selected, it’s a surefire way to get other members of the community to come and enjoy their design. It’s also a great way to check out other players’ creations; Growtopia’s social hub features 10 worlds of the day every day, along with quick links to top-rated worlds in different categories, such as adventure, trade, farm, art, roleplay, and more. . Worlds of creativity to explore and plenty of opportunities to experiment and express yourself await: Growtopia is free to play on Apple and Android mobile devices.

If you’re ready to share your creation with other players, you can submit your worlds to be featured as world of the day; if selected, it’s a surefire way to get other members of the community to come and enjoy their design. It’s also a great way to check out other players’ creations; Growtopia’s social hub features 10 worlds of the day every day, along with quick links to top-rated worlds in different categories, such as adventure, trade, farm, art, roleplay, and more. . Worlds of creativity to explore and plenty of opportunities to experiment and express yourself await: Growth is free to play on Apple and Android mobile devices.