The Celestial Tree is a free-to-play mobile clicker game. Players collect and upgrade a variety of enhancements by gathering resources from multiple sources. There are also options to collect several background images and rearrange the artifacts to the player’s aesthetic desires.
Pressure to Pay: Low, read below for details
- Beautiful graphics
- Multiple avenues for upgrade
- Customize the visual environment
- English translation errors
- Text is tiny on mobile
- Progress saving errors
The Celestial Tree has multiple ways for players to upgrade their clicking. Energy per click can be directly upgraded or players can invest in energy passively acquired by “spirits” which last a minute. The tree can be upgraded to allow more spirits and greater energy per click. There are also “artifacts” which have unique abilities and can be obtained from explorations, which are little mini clicker-combat against “nightmares”. Nightmares also drop fragments of eternity which can be used to upgrade “eternity” types for effects like multipliers for click energy or bonus energy for clicking on active spirits. Energy, spirits, and eternity can also be obtained by investing the same type along with fruit. Fruit is obtained every minute based on tree level. “Historic sites” also produce rewards every minute based on type and can be upgraded with energy and spirits.
One of the standout things about The Celestial Tree is the visuals. All of the graphics are done in a soft glowing art style. Players are able to customize their background image with a variety of styles and colors, from peaceful forest to soft clouds. Artifacts also have visual components, with themes like flowers, moons, and tree ornaments. The colors of these can’t be changed, but they can be moved around or hidden to suit the player’s taste.
Unfortunately, much of the text in The Celestial Tree is full of translation errors. Some of these took me quite a while to decipher what they meant. This is coupled with the fact that the tutorial doesn’t cover everything and players are left reading the “Help” bullet points to figure out how everything else works. The text is also tiny and painful to read on a phone, though it may be better on a larger tablet. It also made it unclear at first how money could be spent on the game. Money can be used to speed up investment timers, randomly draw artifacts, or automatically pick up resources. Spending money was clearly unnecessary, although advertisements could be viewed to gain a little premium currency.
The Celestial Tree isn’t designed to be an idle game and as such it doesn’t keep running or racking up resources while the game is off. Exiting the game also requires the player to manually save first or progress will be lost. Even if an autosave had recently occurred, it felt like I often lost progress back to my last manual save. This was frustrating compared to what I’m used to in mobile games, but was something I learned to get in the habit of doing.
Overall I found The Celestial Tree to be a fun and active clicker game. I really liked the art style and found the game worth wading through the trouble of reading and understanding the text. I would recommend The Celestial Tree to players interested in a mobile clicker game that are also willing to deal with the text issues as an upfront cost.