A quick-start on how to play Autumn
You play each game as a spirit, seeking its own spiritual growth and enlightenment. Nature will help you in that endeavour. As the trees shed their leaves during Autumn, Prana (vital energy) is released into the air, which you can absorb.
As your own Prana grows, you can utilize it in different ways to advance in the game, by acquiring more knowledge and inspiration (for real!), getting to know new trees and items (which you can then plant/place in the world), expanding your territory or even by helping other spiritual practitioners in their own efforts (and they can also help you back).
Press and hold the left mouse button to begin emitting your own Prana. After a few seconds, each orb will follow you again so you can direct them to wherever you want.
As time moves forward, the seasons pass by, changing the world around you.
Press Escape at any time to pause the game a see a list of useful keyboard shortcuts.
The information displayed on the screen was kept as minimal as possible.
On the top left corner the colored wheel represents the game time. Each color is a season (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter). The small white triangle on the top indicates when in the time the game is at every given moment.
On the top right side, the Chest icon allows a quick access to your chest (see section 3 below). You can also press F2 to access the chest via the keyboard.
On the top center there is a minimap, which allows you to quickly have a glance of the world landscape. You can also click on it to jump to a specific place.
The mouse cursor is the spirit itself. The amount of Prana you have is represented by the size and strength of the light being emanated.
To the right(scrolling might be necessary) you’ll see a white-foggy area. That represents the border of your territory. From there on, everything is unknown.. to discover what trees, items or puzzles might be in the game world you’ll have to expand.
Brown signposts will show up once in a while. Click on them to read more useful gameplay tips.
The Chest stores all trees, items and spiritual materials that you acquire as you play Autumn. It is persistent from game to game, so whatever you acquire in one game, will be available for you in the next game. You can also access the chest to read the materials from the main menu, without requiring to start a new game.
Use the Chest when you want to plant a tree, place an item and read or acquire new spiritual material. Spiritual materials come in the form of quotes, inspirations (stories, poems, …) and teachings. Quotes are the less expensive and teachings are the most. You can also get spiritual materials for free by completing the in-game puzzles or helping hermits.
When you start, the Chest will be almost empty. To acquire new Trees and Items, you’ll have to find them in the game and then use your Prana to get to “Know” them (a small gauge will tell you how much more you need)
There are 3 different kinds of puzzles that you can find spread out in the worlds of Autumn. They are represented by a rock which you can click on to open the puzzle.
All puzzles have 3 different difficulty levels, which will be randomly selected. The 1st level will be easier, and upon completion will reward you with a Quote. The 2nd level is slightly harder and will reward you with an Inspiration. The 3rd and harder level results in a Teaching.
By hovering with the mouse on the puzzle’s rock, you can know which is it’s difficulty level and reward.
When you win a puzzle, a scroll will appear with your reward. Click it to add it to the Chest. After winning a puzzle, you can open it again and click the reshuffle button to play a new game with the same difficulty level.
Tree Guild Puzzle
In the tree guild Puzzle you are presented with a guild(circle of trees). By clicking on a tree, it will advance to next stage. The three stages are: Young (light green) -> Mature (dark green) -> Old (orange). When clicking on an Old tree, it will go back to the beginning of the cycle (Young tree), and will also push forward all the tree that it is connected with.
The goal of this puzzle is to make the colors of the Trees in the guild, to match the colors of the inner circle.
This very well-known puzzle has 16 different scenarios(images), which will be broken down in less or more pieces, depending on the difficulty of the puzzle.
The goal is to rearrange the pieces so that the final image can be seen.
Zen Stones Puzzle
The purpose of the puzzle is to create a Zen Stones statue, where all the stones are in just one pile. You can only place a stone on top of a bigger one, and you have 3 slots to help you move stones around.
On the 3rd level of difficulty, a glowing light will also point to which of the slots the final statue must be in.
You might have the chance to find an Hermit in the game world. Hermits are 100% dedicated to their spiritual progress.
As a spirit, you can aid them by giving them more Prana. You may receive a gift back if you manage to inspire them…