If you celebrate Arbor Day and always thought a logic puzzle was just what the holiday needed, then Grace Avery's Leaf Blight is for you. We're posting early in case anyone goes by the Belgian tree-planting day in Flanders, which is a month earlier than Arbor Day in the US. So get out those pruning shears and prepare to think.
Your task, should you choose to accept it, is to snip off the dying leaves to keep your trees healthy and strong. You only get a limited amount of moves to remove the leaves in the right order. Clipping off some will have an effect on the others, so you need to follow a simple set of logic rules.
Red leaves will randomly sicken other leaves on the branch by turning them yellow. Yellow leaves will sicken their neighboring leaves, and an orange dot is a warning sign they are about to turn red. Purple leaves will randomly infect leaves every four moves, and will get an orange dot when they are about to strike. Brown leaves are dead and will need to be removed but they will not spread to the next leaves.
Analysis: This relaxing logic puzzle starts out fairly easy, but does get more vexing as the levels progress. There is a tutorial and a nice slow paced learning curve to let you pick up all the rules. Leaf Blight lets you take your time, and gives you unlimited chances to resolve a level. For those craving competitive leaf cutting, there is a countdown timer, which will give you bonus points for solving levels under the time limit.
The graphics look a bit primitive, but they nicely evoke the feeling of woodcarving art. Small animated flourishes, such as a bird passing by or the moon waxing overhead, give the artwork some warm touches. The music is pleasant and adds to the overall relaxing feel of the game.
In the option menu you can turn off music and or sound effects, and there is a colorblind option, which adds symbols to the colors. If you'd rather create than solve logic problems, there is a level editor as well.
A series of bendy trees, mellow music and 60 levels of leaf picking madness await you!