When we love a game at LadiesGamers, we write a guide for it. So after previewing and then reviewing Grow: Song of the Evertree, I thought a few hints and tips for new players would help. You can find the preview for Grow here and the review for Grow: Song of the Evertree here. So let’s begin at the best place, the beginning of the game.
You can customise your character how you wish by changing their hair, eyes, and body size. You can choose male, female, or non-binary. And pick out the colour, style, and shape of your character hair, face as well as pick a name the game generates for you or a name of your choice. You can even pick the sound of your character’s voice. The clothes you pick for your character are not limited by gender either.
Copperpot and Book
You’ll have help throughout the game from Copperpot and Book. Refer to Book for daily quests and to receive your reward for completing a task.
Cooperpot is used to extract Essences from resources and items. He is also used to conducting alchemy to make new seeds to plant on the Evertree, but we will get to that later in this guide.
First of let’s take a look at your pocket and your tools. You can select the tools you want to use in two ways. Either by a dial wheel on the screen and using the Right stick to select your desired tool. However, if you go into the Options of the game, you can change the dial wheel to just having the tools on a toolbar at the top right of the screen. The toolbar is handy if you find choosing your tool from the dial wheel fiddly.
This way, you use the Left and Right shoulder buttons to flick through the tools and press A on the tool you want to equip without using the dial wheel. You can also re-arrange the sequence your tools appear on the toolbar by going into the Inventory and re-arranging the order of your tools as they appear in the toolbar.
Book and Rewards
Check Book regularly as here you will find your list of quests to complete. You’ll also find a list of districts (towns) you have built or are in the process of building. Book also lets you know if you have earned any rewards for completing sections of the town or storyline.
Rewards come in all shapes and sizes, from wallpaper to items to decorate the outside of the town’s buildings. As well as rewards of accessories such as glasses, hairstyles and clothes. These items can be used for your character or as gifts for the inhabitants of the towns you will build.
You receive rewards for looking after the Evertree branches and collecting resources from the Tree. You also get rewards for completing quests and building in the town districts. You can visit the Evertree branches as many times as you want during a single day and night cycle in the game, so be sure to check the branches often and pet any creatures you encounter. Make sure to harvest fruit, plants, rocks and wood when they finish growing. If you don’t want to cut down all your trees, you can shake them to get the fruit. Check out the caves on the Evertree as you can gather ore and items there too.
Construct the Towns
The construction of the town is simple. First, you can bring up the building menu by pressing down on the D-pad while standing in the town. All blueprints for the building you have collected are found here. Then, if you have enough Myora, you can place the building down to be constructed by the Everkins.
I found that the space you can build is a little tight, so I had to place my building close together to fit them all in. You can move any building you have already placed by going into the Build Menu, highlighting the building on the ground with the cursor, and moving it to another space. You can also do this with any decorations you have placed in the town.
Decorate the Buildings
To decorate the outside of any buildings you have built. Walk up to the building and press Y to interact with the building. Add wallpaper to the outside of a building to change its appearance and change the colour of the roof. Change the wall colour and add decorations such as a flower bed or a mailbox outside the house. If you scroll down to the bottom of the Customisation list, you will find a few menu slots called Token. By adding Token’s to the house, you can increase the number of NPC’s that can inhabit that house. As there is a limit in the number of buildings you can have in each town; this is a great way to increase the population without building more homes.
All the residents in the towns have different personalities. It’s up to you to keep them happy, and you do this by decorating the house, fulfilling quests for the residents, and talking to them. They also have their individual choices about what type of job they like, such as working in the bakery or flower shop.
Copper Pot and Alchemy
Talk to Copper Pot to perform Alchemy and grow new world seeds to plant in the branches of the Evertree. When you talk to Copperpot and pick Alchemy on the menu, you are shown the Extract screen. In the Extract menu, you can pick any item on the left side and remove its Essence.
The Essence you receive from each item is random. When I extract Essence from an item, I will only use an item if I have more than one of it in quantity. You don’t want to leave yourself short for customising the towns by using every last item in your inventory.
Once the Essence is removed from an item, it pops into the Essence Storage on the right-hand side of the menu. Then, by clicking the Right shoulder button, it will take you into the Create Seed menu. This is where you can play around with different Essence and receive a new seed to grow another branch of the Evertree.
Add five different types of Essences to the pot until the lines fill up to the top of the pot. By pressing Y you create a new world seed. By playing around with the seed creation with Copper pot you can create warm and dusty climates or cold and frosty climes. And the best way to ensure that you have enough alchemy materials to create seeds is by constantly harvesting items and bringing them back home with you.
In Grow: Song of the Evertree it pays to go off the beaten track and explore, you will find chests scattered around the environment with goodies inside and caves to explore. Looking around you can find journals in the areas of your towns that provide details of the story. Hunt for bugs and fish as there are several different types of both.
Most of all have fun and take things at your own pace!