This branching game about being a tree has 16 endings

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It turns out being a tree is more exciting than just standing on the spot listening to the wind rustling your leaves—at least if How To Be a Tree's arboreal fantasy is to be believed. As a tree, you can become a therapist, sprout a jetpack and blast into space, or conquer humanity, jumping over tanks and toppling skyscrapers.

It's a platformer with a branching story that will take you to one of 16 surreal endings. It has a touch of The Stanley Parable (opens in new tab) about it: you can take several paths through the levels, and as you do so the narration will change, a floating eye following you around and passing judgement.  

As for the platforming, your tree is surprisingly bouncy and bendy, and you can curl it up into a compact squiggle to squeeze through tight gaps. The trailer at the bottom of this post will give you a good idea.

It's a short game: creator Jimmy "Zaphos" Andrews posted a 46-second speedrun (opens in new tab) on YouTube this week. Most playthroughs will take a lot longer, but you could probably find all the endings in two to three hours. 

Grab it for free on itch.io (opens in new tab). And if you're a tree lover, you should read Matt's history of trees in PC gaming (opens in new tab).

Thanks, Kotaku (opens in new tab).

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.