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3D Bonsai Tree Game

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GoBonsai is a prototype of interactive bonsai tree software. Eventually I would like to build a full game around it, but for now I’m releasing what I have which is a pretty nice demonstration of the engine with one tree type and a simple interface. Many features are planned for the future like ability to save and load trees, more tools, wiring, root trimming, pot selection, scenery, higher quality rendering, etc. Beta testers are needed. The website is www.bonsaigame.com Screenshot 1 Screenshot 2 - Frank Force

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This actually looks pretty cool.

And I imagine it could be a great way for someone, like myself, to get some good bonsai practice ... without accidentally killing any more trees ...

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Thanks. Part of my motivation was to make a learning tool that can supplement traditional Bonsai studies or something a teacher can bring out when kids are studying tree growth in science class. But my core demographic is the same kind of people that would by Nintendogs or Sim City. I hope that eventually it will be more appealing to the mass market when there is more of a game built around it with tutorials and stuff.

- Frank Force

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Oh man... This is awesome. I think it's fun as it is (I'm not even into Bonsai and spent at least 40 mins on it, lol, damn tree wouldn't grow how I wanted it to [smile]). Also what really struck me was how realistically the Bonsai grew, especially how the trunks could curl around each other and look really 'gnarled', really realistic (Only the trunks, of course the leaves aren't realistic [smile]).

I know you might not want to at this time, but it would be interesting to see what a forest of these tree's would look like, no?

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That's fun! I think it's a proof of concept that would make a really good game.

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