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StaceyG"Leaf BlightIf 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!

Play Leaf Blight


I'll be honest, I would never have noticed this game if it wasn't reviewed here. I mean, it's a game about plucking leaves! How fun could that be?

... And yet, after just a couple of levels, I was hooked. I had no idea Leaf Blight was such a great puzzler! Definetly worth playing!

By the way, has anyone got past Level 31? Those cursed red leaves keep popping up on my tree!


*sigh* I'm stuck on 27, any hints?


Cool game, but I am totally stuck on 16. Help! Thanks.


Ah, the power of posting. I just wish I could remember how I did it so I could help the next person who gets stuck there!

Anonymous March 11, 2009 2:17 PM

nice game - anyone got past 41?


I've gotten to 48 so far

fuzzyface March 11, 2009 3:03 PM

I love saving the forest!


By the level 40s, you won't be able to win without

sometimes pruning green leaves. That will keep the red leaves from randomly making turning a leaf in the middle of a branch yellow, and it'll allow the whole branch to turn brown.


Could anyone please help on 29?


This game has 64 levels, in case anyone is wondering.


Great little game. I really enjoy the simplicity of presentation and surprising depth of the gameplay concept. Tough choices and strategically necessary sacrifices are always a plus when it comes to puzzle games! Level 60 is really hard, though...


58 is just impossible. Here's hoping the power of the post comes through...


I cannot for the life of me figure out how to beat level 24. :(


Gah, That'll teach me to read the comments first.

I didn't realize you could prune green leaves. Knowing that, level 24 becomes a piece of cake.

Prune all the green leaves on the left first.


Imzadi, in case you're still stuck on L27:

For the first two moves, prune the red leaves that are showing on that turn.

Next prune the yellow leaves on the left.

Prune the red leaves on the right (let the purple leaves go).

Should be fairly straightforward from there on out--three moves, three groups of leaves left. :)


Here's a hint for 58:

You have to trim all the green on the right branch when its upper side leaves turn red. That'll make sure it has a solid line of brown after you trim the left side branches.


Any help with level 15? I'm not sure how best to take out the purple leaves.

annabanana March 12, 2009 12:06 PM

level 15:

orange spot on the center branch first, then yellow. after that whichever one has the orange spot.

KlingerKK March 12, 2009 1:47 PM

Please help on level 60! Its driving me crazy! I keep ending up one move short...

annabanana March 12, 2009 6:17 PM

any help on 29? I am totally stuck.


It's really annoying that the timer doesn't reset as well as the board when you hit reset. Granted, that may be the way the designer intended it, but it's frustrating when you finally get a solution and yet can't get the point reward for it because it wasn't your first/second/third try, especially on the later levels.


for level 60

1st Step:

Start with the red leaf on the right

top left branch: the yellow leaf that appears because of the red one should be one of the two leaves to the right... this will help afterwards. Click and reset until you get it this way.

2nd Step:

Yellow leaf on the bottom right branch.

3rd Step:

Yellow leaves on top right branch.

4th Step:

3/4 yellow leaves top left branch. (the ones I talked before..)

5th Step:

Black leaves on top left branch

6/7/8th Step:

Yellow leaves top branch. Yellow leaf bottom branch. Black leaves.

Anonymous March 13, 2009 8:36 PM

Hmm how do you beat L25?

Silver Drake March 13, 2009 8:58 PM

I'm stuck on level 25. Any advice?

annabanana March 13, 2009 11:26 PM

level 25:

you have to let the branch with red go completely so that you can take care of it all at once

far left branch first because it can spread both directions

annabanana March 13, 2009 11:36 PM

i absolutely cannot get past level 48...any help?


for annabanana, level 48:

First three moves, for the yellow leave on the branches to the left

4th move: yellow leaves right bottom branch

5th move: black leaf right bottom branch

6th move: yellow leaves

7th move: black leaves


Play my custom level! Paste this code into the"Go to level" thingy:


harpdevil March 15, 2009 5:35 PM

I understand that the timer doesnt end the game, but it does seem odd to have a timer AND a move limit


I'm so stuck on level 20, dying for help.

annabanana March 16, 2009 5:26 PM

for level 20:

It's usually good to get rid of whatever poses the biggest threat. So: red first, then the next to turn red, etc.

Anonymous March 18, 2009 10:04 AM

i am stuck at level 30 , can anyone help me? please

Anonymous March 19, 2009 11:33 AM

has anyone the full walkthrough, please, i am stuck at level 40

Anonymous March 22, 2009 10:56 AM

level 50? please


Help with 41 please?

Anonymous March 23, 2009 4:49 AM

Level 41:

1. Group of two red leaves on middle right branch.
2. Yellow leaves on middle left branch.
3. Yellow leaves (two of which have orange dots) on the second highest left branch.
4. Yellow leaves on bottom left branch.
5. Dead leaf on bottom left branch.
6. Yellow leaves on upper right branch (if not all connected, switch steps 6 and 7).
7. Dead leaves on upper right branch.
8. If remaining top branch has yellow leaves, pluck those. Otherwise, pluck a group of the dead leaves.
9. Remaining dead leaves.

[Edit: Spoiler added - Please only post one time - comments are going through moderation and it might take a few till we see it. Thank you, Kayleigh]


need help on lvl 7


Im stuck on 16

leafchamp April 18, 2009 9:31 PM

There ARE 65 levels. I beat it. It gets rough at times, but keep it up.


AAH its such a cool game.. but i cnt pass 16.. im not smart -_-


Does anyone Know how to pass L8


I'm stuck on 16.


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