Sprout is Free. We like it, and we hope you do too.
Sprout is a free game. We think it’s cool, and so we have offered it to the world (including you!) as a free service. It is software as-is.
Sprout does not collect any personal or sensitive information.
Sprout does not collect any personally identifying information. Neither does it collect any sensitive information (phonebook, contacts, camera data, etc.). Nope. Nope. Nope.
Various online stores and platforms do collect and share various types of rough, aggregated info.
We have published Sprout through several digital channels: the Google Play Store, Steam, Itch.io, and the Apple App Store. All of these outlets create aggregated usage-type statistics, and allow us to view those statistics (e.g. number of downloads per month by device/country). None of these aggregated, usage-type statistics include any personally identifying information.
We have occasionally shared some of the aggregated statistics as a point of pride, and as a way to prove to possible collaborators that we can make good stuff. We will likely continue to do this, occasionally and with good taste, in the future.
Steam collects some additional info, but you can control who sees the personal stuff.
If you play Sprout on Steam, you will have access to achievements and leaderboards. Your personal Steam achievements will be as visible as you wish them to be: to nobody, to your friends, or to the world. You can adjust the level of visibility through the privacy settings on your Steam profile.
Additionally, your position on the leaderboard will be visible to your friends. And, if you are among the top 200 players, your score will be publicly visible to the world on the global leaderboard.
Aggregate/global achievement stats are visible to the world (ex: 61% of Sprout players have completed the game and won the Mighty Oak achievement).
If you choose to write a review (and we hope you do) your review will be public. Your review will have your username on it, and be visible to the world.