A downloadable work for Windows and macOS

"Atmospheric and contemplative, the game explores the experience of being stranded in your house, cut off from the outside world by the encroaching storm, with only your potted plant for company. Your objective is to keep this plant alive."

– Chiara Harrison Lambe, Kill Screen

"Its players' objective is to keep an indoor plant alive (and in so doing, to survive the tedium of being trapped themselves). If you water the plant with tainted tap water, it will die. Each day you must water it; you can also listen to the radio and look out the window. Each game lasts a week, though players have the ability to fast forward time, or linger on an experience, as they experience the feeling of waiting for water to recede, and for life to resume."

– Bruce Lampros, Art Papers, May/June 2016

Created as part of Indie Grits 2016's Waterlines project.

"when the flood hit, much of the city was inaccessible.

Dams burst, bridges failed and roads were impassible under pools of water. Pipes burst, tainting the drinking water supply. There was not much to do but wait for conditions to improve and resources to return to capacity."

–Seth Gadsden
Waterlines curator, Indie Grits co-director


Michelle Skipper: Lead Designer
James Owens: Writer
Danny Oakes: Environment Artist
Chris Johnson: Composer
Cecil Decker: Sound Designer

More information

Published117 days ago
PlatformsWindows, macOS
Tagsartgame, depression, historic-flood, plant-sim, south-carolina, waterlines
Player countSingleplayer

Install instructions

This is the first version of the game, and the first game project several of us worked on. If you find any issues, please email cecildecker@gmail.com

NOTE: Chrome often blocks the popup when you click the link. To download the game, click the "popup blocked" icon that will appear next to the bookmark tab icon after clicking download. (credit to @Gerppuli for helping figure this out)




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Really interesting game! The rain I think was a little too loud but overall super cool game with tons of atmosphere!:D Had a few good laughs as well

P.s. I named my plant harry and he died swiftly


Oh gosh, this game was so well done. It's amazing how effective it is at showing someone with an outside perspective what it must have been like during those floods. Stunning work, absolutely stunning.

I did a wee playthrough, and also popped links to the Waterlines page and this game in the description too, I think more people need to play this for themselves!

we're really glad you liked it. it was creatively satisfying to morph our experiences into this game. everyone on the team had first hand experience with the flood or the cleanup afterwards. thanks for your video :)

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I can't download it

edit: Safari didn't work for me but I used Firefox and it worked

Download the Itch.io app and your browser problems are solved :)

we have gotten reports of popup blockers preventing the download of the .zip file D: glad Firefox worked!

like @Afro mentioned the itch.io desktop app is pretty amazing.



I am a terrible plant parent :(


omg you are cute. totally gonna be a big youtube star hahaha

Thanks! Idk about star, I just hope people enjoy the videos :D

I can't make my plant live!

Also, I never noticed a time when the plant name came in (In the game at least)


The game makes so much more sense now that I've read about it on the Waterlines website! I didn't know what it was connected to when I was recording it. A bunch of Bobs died instead. :(

long live bob! we are glad you perused the Waterlines page :D we hope the featured status on itch.io helps to bring more attention to the larger project.


Good Game


this i fake'


fake? can you explain how?

as noted in the description, it's part of a larger art project called Waterlines that responds to the historic 1000 year flood that happened in South Carolina in October 2015. here's the link if you'd like some more context! http://waterlines.indiegrits.com

who r u, i dont freaking know u

I helped make this game? it's on my itch page?


And an excellent game it is <3

Don't feed the trolls ;w;

It's not downloading for me darn :(

A user below reported that sometimes Chrome blocks the download popup.


I want to play this game but it won't let me download it for some reason :< Looks really interesting though!

A user below reported that sometimes Chrome blocks the download popup.


Ill try it on another browser. Thank you!

Do you think you could make a easy, medium and hard mode?



thank you for your video 😌 we loved your plant backtory

you are very welcome :))) XD


I loved this game, though I am not sure if anyone can beat it! Off screenh I tried 15 times using different strategies, but hey maybe I didn't find the right one :( BUT I loved making this video and put a lot of work in it and I hope all of you enjoy it too!

we are reLEAFed that you enjoyed the game. sorry you can't click other objects! long live Todd

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A very interesting little game with very interesting concept :D


Really cool concept, really difficult too I couldn't even do it,

thanks for your vid :) it's part of a larger art project called Waterlines if you want to get really sad http://waterlines.indiegrits.com/

Is there a way to keep it alive? Either way this was an interesting game!

My laptop can't run this game, but I watched some videos of it and wOWWAAA THIS IS NOICE!! It's just so cool I can't even explain! Nice job!

definitely could use some graphics optimizations, especially with the water effects. if we find the time for version 1.5 making it smoother is goal #1.

how to download And instal

Click the download link. It should open a new tab and download the zip. If this does not happen, your pop-up blocker may have prevented it. After downloading, unzip the file. In the folder is an executable!

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