It’s Spring Again review for PS Vita

Platform: PS Vita
Publisher: Sometimes You
Developer: Sometimes You
Medium: Digital
Players: 1
Online: No

I’m almost certainly the wrong audience for It’s Spring Again. After all, it’s an educational game designed for very young children learning about the seasons; I’m a childfree 37-year-old. I don’t intend on ever being in a position where I need to teach a young’un about the seasons, and if I haven’t figured those out for myself by now, the education system failed me significantly somewhere along the line.

Having said all that, I can still imagine that if you were a parent teaching a child about the seasons — or if you, yourself, are 2 years old and learning them (in which case: congrats on being at such an advanced reading level!) — you could do a lot worse than It’s Spring Again. It’s a gentle game full of bright colours, playful music, and a narrator with a soothing voice who, against all odds, never sounds that patronizing. Sure, it’s a little repetitive, but there’s a lot to be said for rote learning, and It’s Spring Again clearly shares that attitude.

If you aren’t a part of that coveted 2-year-old demographic (or at least know someone that age), you probably won’t get too much out of this game, though it’s interesting to consider how similar It’s Spring Again is to artsy games like Hohokum, Eufloria, or Flower. Obviously they all have more content, but if you were to stretch It’s Spring Again out for a longer period of time and take out the narrator, it’d be tough to tell the difference.

And, if nothing else, if you want to see a 100% in your trophy list and want to achieve that with only a few dollars and a couple of minutes spent on it, then at approximately $2 and 10-15 minutes, respectively, It’s Spring Again will absolutely do the trick.

Really, though, this game is meant to played by — or at least with — young kids. I don’t know what the other options are (or if they even exist on the Vita), but it feels like you could do a lot worse than It’s Spring Again.

Grade: B+