Videogame Volumes: Leaf Blower Revolution


Vaughn Perez

In this weekly column, staff reporter Vaughn Perez writes about the gaming and esports community.

Vaughn Perez, Staff Reporter

Leaf Blower Revolution, or LBR, is a simple idle game where you collect leaves, at least, that’s what I first thought. A game made by Humble North, it starts as a simplistic, move the leaf off the screen you collect one leaf. But then you start to upgrade and get deeper into the game, leading you to more powerful blowers, new locations, lore about you, the farmer, and different types of unique looking leaves.

It’s an intricate and fun experience, especially when you first start out, you need to think of how to properly manage resources as some are a little harder to farm and build up supply before it’s needed by a different material. You’re just thrown in on your own and learn as you go, learning what the best upgrades are, more efficient tools, and the best way to collect as many leaves as you can.

This process repeats up until you get to your first prestige, where you reset everything and start from scratch with coins, but these let you get permanent upgrades that will boost your leaf collecting and makes it easier to get farther. This isn’t even when the game really starts, which I believe is when you do your first Big Leaf Crunch, or BLC, which is the 2nd tier of prestige in the game.

Once you get to this point, you unlock areas where you need to do damage to enemies to collect leaves, so you add 2 new things to manage, which is your character health, because these enemies can do damage if you can’t kill fast enough, and how much damage you deal, which needs to be as high as it can be. In these new areas, you unlock uniquely colored leaves that let you upgrade to make your life easier but this is where the worst part of the game comes, the time it takes to get to the next level.

I started this game a good while ago and I’ve only just moved on from the tower and onto a new location of enemies called the pyramid. Now I don’t actively play the whole time, it’s an idle game, so you can just let it run in the background, but even then, it takes a solid amount of hours just to get a new upgrade or new aspect of the game. It’s a fun game where you don’t have to actively play it, but if you do want to play it, understand it will be a commitment and sort of a rabbit hole of trying to get to the next level.