Eufloria takes a strong influence from the “Dyson Tree Hypothesis” by Freeman Dyson. A genetically engineered plant (in Eufloria’s case a tree) may have the potential to grow inside a comet, producing its own liveable atmosphere on a comet for sustenance, as well as photosynthesizing energy from the sun. Whilst this is the premise and underlying inspiration for the game, there is much more to discover.
At the beginning, you are in control of one lonely seed orbiting an asteroid, guided by the Mother Tree’s wisdom. She instructs you and educates you on the intricate details of your journey to bring back the creators of the universe which are known as Growers. Quite quickly you discover the greys, an opposing colony which is eventually revealed to be driven mad by a form of disease. Later you find another colony infected the greys at the risk of destroying themselves and now they must over power all opposing colonies.
Upon booting up Eufloria you are exposed to an audio and visual sensation. Instantly taking in the brilliantly used watercolour aesthetic of the game, which, according to the developers, was mixed with inspirations from nature and Japanese art. They couldn’t have nailed this statement any more accurately. Even though the created world consisting of round asteroids, sticks, and dots circling around them doesn’t appear like much when you are zoomed out, zooming in reveals a world of wonders. The different sized asteroids become balls of an amazing colour, filled with life right from their very core. Reaching out are the Dyson trees, with deep roots borrowed to the base of the earth, a strong trunk emerging from the ground and branches stretching outward. Seedlings swarm the asteroids you occupy until commanded otherwise. To me they look like insects, yet they resemble spaceships, especially when in battle. Shooting a beam of some sort to decimate the Grey or other opposition that populate your next conquest only further supports my claim. The art style behind Eufloria is remarkably unique and needs to be seen to gauge a complete concept of it.