Earthtongue lets you grow shrooms on April 27

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Have you ever licked dirt? It ain’t all that bad.

Games are often too hectic with all that blood, gore and babies crawling out of a dead woman’s nipples (thanks, Dante’s Inferno). Sometimes I consider taking up another hobby like gardening, or magic mushrooms. Unfortunately both of those involve going outside and so Earthtongue is here to save the day.

Earthtongue’s a game by indie developer Eric Hornby where you lovingly tend to a garden of bugs and mushrooms on an alien planet. Or you can leave it all to handle itself. Or you can tear shit up and unleash a horde of locusts to obliterate the freaking ecosystem forever. Or you can gently breed cute bugs. It’s a pretty strange game, and not something I’d have expected to get through the Greenlight system, but lo and behold it has.

yep! Earthtongue will be available on steam April 27th!

— EricHermit (@Erichermit) April 21, 2015

Hornby has announced the game will be coming to Steam on April 27, but has been available on Itch.io for quite a while for the cost of $5 or, interestingly, by paying with a piece of fan art. Someone send him an interpretive dance about two beetles banging and see what happens.

There’s mushroom for growth in the genre and this game seems like a fun-gi, so we’ll see if it spore-ns any copycats after its release. There’s the necessary fungal puns that qualify me as a writer, now get the hell out of my space garden.