Plant Tycoon is a gardening sim game where you nurture plants and experiment with increasingly rare and valuable species. The object is to breed and cross breed plants until you find the 6 Magic Plants of Isola and solve the genetic puzzle. You start with a couple of dollars, a handful of seeds, some soil and water.
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Positive (31 reviews) - 96% of the 31 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 27, 2007

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Plant Tycoon is a gardening sim game where you nurture plants and experiment with increasingly rare and valuable species. The object is to breed and cross breed plants until you find the 6 Magic Plants of Isola and solve the genetic puzzle. You start with a couple of dollars, a handful of seeds, some soil and water. Grow plants, organize and harvest seeds, monitor your plants' health, age and maturity and protect your plants from dehydration and infestations. Sell some of your creations to fund your research, buy better supplies to use in your Nursery and purchase ornaments to customize your virtual garden.

  • Real-Time gameplay: new surprises every time you turn the game on.
  • Over 500 different species of plants to discover.
  • A wide variety of collectible insects to retrieve.
  • Dozens of different seeds to experiment with.
  • Prune and customize the look of your creations
  • Genetic Puzzle: discover which combinations will create the Magic Plants.

System Requirements

    • Supported OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista
    • Processor: Pentium III 500
    • Memory: 96 MB
    • Graphics: 16MB of VRAM
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 7.0 or later
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB
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40 of 41 people (98%) found this review helpful
27.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
This is such a charming simple little game. It's a waiting game, but a game of this type that you just buy, and have, and there's no microtransactions maybe contributes to how peaceful and simple and charming it is. It's essentially a little garden that you tend, and check back in on periodically. You can grow plants, and sell them to buy fertiizer and seeds and other such simple additions, or improve your shop to get more customers.

But the cornerstone of this game is the cross-breeding. You can cross-pollinate plants with each other to make new species, and those species are created according to specific rules. The game within a game is figuring out what those rules are, so you can eventually create any plant you want. You end up really feeling in control of your virtual garden. It's a beautiful game and I love it to bits.
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
44.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2013
Very simple yet fun game to kill time for whatever reason if you are bored or waiting for something. The plants also grow when you're not playing but you can at anytime on the menu screen make time faster, slower, or pause it if you happen to be too busy to play or free, whice is a plus for me. If you are not into relaxing or simple games, then I wouldn't recommend it.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
65.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2013
This game never ends . LOVE it . love making new plants.
IF your not patient then do not get. If you like Flower then GET! LOL
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18 of 26 people (69%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
73.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 21, 2015
This game is simple to understand and easy to fall in love with. Its a time management game so, even if your not playing it the game will still continue to run and continue with the game. But dont worry about that, in the menu you can pause time, make it go slower, or make it go faster. Its a bit hard to make money in the beginning but after a while it speeds up. The graphic's for the customers are a bit old school but that why I love the game. Its an old school time management game and in my opinion its was worth the money. The pictures make the game look more complicated then it really is. Also as a bonus feature in the game you can collect bugs that will appear randomly on your plants every now and then. So you can try and collect all the bugs as a little bonus feature to the game. This game won't take up much of your time and it's a bit addicting so be warned!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
40.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2013
I love this game because i can play while i am working or do some other things :D
Just put the seed in the pot, water it and leave it to grow then sell it in nursery.
If you saw me play it for a long time, that might be i'm AFK LOL

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ถ้าเห็นเวลาเล่นฉันเยอะไม่ต้องแปลกใจ เล่นแล้วไม่อยู่นะแจ้ อิอิกำ
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14 of 23 people (61%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 9, 2014
I always wondered what it would be like to grow pot. Thanks to Plant Tycoon, I was able to realize the financial possibilities and explore myself during a time of identity crisis. Thank you, Plant Tycoon. I would definitely recommend this simulator to anybody considering producing illicit products as a living.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
92.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
A very light-weight game that brings you back to a time where micro-transactions were nonexistant and you could happily farm, plant, whatever without having to hand over your credit card, watch ads or praticipate in a shady promotion...

A little history lesson: Before tablet games saturated the video game market with free titles you could download and turning out to be micro-transaction riddled hooplahs, we had games like this. Games like Plant Tycoon would often be found on gaming websites or the game sections of popular social networking sites where you could play the game on the website as a limited demo version or download a free full version for a limited time before a timer ran out and asked you if you liked the full game and if you wanted to buy it from their service.

Keep this history lesson in mind!

My personal history with this game: I was a lonely shut-in middle schooler... I had stopped going to normal school and spent nearly all of my time inside the house because i wasn't allowed to go outside. So i often played games on the internet on my old Windows XP computer. One of them was Plant Tycoon. I played it on a website called Shockwave . com which as described above - was one of those sites where you could play the game on the site as a demo version or download a full version for free that would ask you if you wanted to purchase the title from their server after a timer ran out. I always played the demo version, but i always found myself loving this game. It was perfect when i needed to get homework done or needed to practice my typing skills because it ran on real time. No needing to worry about pausing the game and coming back to it - it's a game you run in the background while you do your actual work. So when i saw the game on Steam all these years later on a Windows 7 laptop with wifi my nostalgia kicked in and i played the demo again, waiting for a sale on the actual title to happen...

But it never did...

For some reason this game never seems to go one sale, which was upsetting... But ultimately after arguing with myself, i spent a full 10 bucks on the title. But that proved to be 10 bucks well spent as if you're the type to justify a game's price with the hours you get out of it - you may find yourself sinking HOURS into Plant Tycoon... And don't let my current amount of gameplay hours fool you. I played the crap out of this game online in my middle school days.

And that brings us back to the history lesson from before:

Compare Plant Tycoon to any similar tablet game you'll find on your iPad or Kindle today... They may be free to download - yes - but then they'll ask you to either pay for some in-game currency with real money, subcribe to a service or you try to play for 'free', but then you end up paying with time - watching ads, doing fishy promotions, ect.

So when you compare the option of a pay-to-wait game on your tablet and Plant Tycoon on Steam - you're probably better off with Plant Tycoon.

The game has no micro-transactions that cost real money - everything you can buy you can buy with in-game currency. It runs on real time - yes - but there are options to decide how fast or slow that in-game time moves and there's even an option to stop the clock entirely - a good option for if you're going to bed or know you won't be touching your computer for a while. The price may seem high but when compared to similar tablet games you end up with a better deal in the long run... This is really a 'mom' game. This is the kind of game that requires patience, so feel free to run it in the background while you work, cook or do any other time consuming activity you can't normally do while playing games.

10 dollars is still a bit much for such a light-weight and somewhat dated game, but it doesn't ever seem to go on sale... It might be one of those rare titles that only goes on sale very few times a year? If you can snag it on sale - by all means do it. But if you or your kids are sick of tablet games that are constantly begging you for money or bombaring you with ads and you need a pay once - play forever alternative: Planty Tycoon is your game.

Plant Tycoon gets 5 out of 5 from me both with and without nostalgia goggles.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
169.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 10, 2015
Personally, I find it to be a very enjoyable game. You could approach it systematically (perfect for people who like ticking boxes!) or just have fun breeding random plants and catching bugs. Has lots of additional features, such as time adjustment, hunt for magical plants (with special properties) and mutagenic chemicals ;) One of these games where it's fun to discover things without a guide. There's not too much place for seeds, so plan carefully!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
44.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2015
This game is very relaxing and fun. You breed+sell plants, catch bugs, and upgrade your equipment. I had it a few years ago and put countless hours into it; now that it's on steam, I expect to put many, many more.

If you like games that you can run in the background and check in on every once in a while, you'll like this game. If you want to sit there and be doing things constantly, than it might not be for you. It takes real time for your plants to grow and finding all the magic plants takes a lot of patience.
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23.9 hrs
Posted: September 2
Played this game since I was still a kid, this brings back memories and is still a wonderful game to this day, would recommend it to anyone who is willing to invest some time in growing virtual plants and to relax, destress after a long day at school/work or after raging at a FPS game like Counter Strike or Team Fortress 2.
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291.6 hrs
Posted: July 27
Great little game for the Gamer Green Thumb hahaha
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jazzman rivers
38.8 hrs
Posted: July 10
Awesome game, I love gardening irl and seeing all of the plants grow is so rewarding to me. This game is addicting! ;)
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Randall "stop being hot" Boggs
73.7 hrs
Posted: June 27
This is possibly one of my fave little time-wasters I use to chill out when I need it. The graphics aren't necessarily the slickest or most HD these days, but the premise and mechanics of growing various plants while you're away keeps me coming back after all this time. Additionally the options to change how fast in-game time passes, and the ability to pause it when you're away for an extended period is one of my fave features of the game.
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4.5 hrs
Posted: February 1
pretty good
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62.4 hrs
Posted: January 1
I love this game!
Requires a lot of patience but it is very entertaining :)
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286.6 hrs
Posted: December 26, 2015
Nice plant simulator with puzzle. Have to stop myself from losing myself in it. Hope to retry a new level again soon.
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29.8 hrs
Posted: October 27, 2015
This game is my childhood.I've played it when it was an online games (for free). It was fun and I haven't played it for like ages. This game bring back so much memories. If you are looking for game that peacful (except when your plants dead) and calming you. this is the one !!!!!
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