Version 1.2 Out Now! Strategy mode is now available on the plant selection screen This mode uses a set number of turns with no time limit. Plants will automatically collect resources between turns. Keep your plant balanced and try to maximize your resources on every turn to fruit each flower before winter comes!
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Julkaisupäivä: 6. touko, 2013
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Osta Reach for the Sun

 

Kuraattoreiden suosittelema

"Help a flower grow and reproduce before winter comes in this casual simulation game."

Arvostelut

“Concealed beneath a smooth interface, a beautiful art style, and a really fun set of core-mechanics, Reach for the Sun, while certainly a successful game for the classroom, excels even beyond through the total consideration given to its design.”
Games for Change

“GameDesk saw great value in Reach for the Sun. Its ability to demonstrate systems of plant growth and the relationship between the root structures, leaf structures, flowering structures, and pollination is remarkable.”
Lucien Vattel (Game Desk, Executive Director)

“[In an interview with VentureBeat, Mark DeLoura (White House Senior Advisor for Digital Media) picked Reach for the Sun as one of his Top 3 educational games.]”
VentureBeat

Tietoja pelistä

Version 1.2 Out Now!



  • Strategy mode is now available on the plant selection screen
    This mode uses a set number of turns with no time limit. Plants will automatically collect resources between turns. Keep your plant balanced and try to maximize your resources on every turn to fruit each flower before winter comes!

  • Players can now grow the prickly pear cactus
    Cacti like the prickly pear have no leaves. Photosynthesis takes place in enlarged stems, requiring a slightly different approach to growing.

  • Bees!
    We’ve added bees to replace the current pollen system. Creating nectar will now spawn a bee. Players must click and drag the bee onto a female flower to pollinate.

Description

Behind all those leaves, roots, and petals is an intelligent bio-machine of starch, nutrients, and water. Take over a flower's seedling to help it grow and reproduce before winter approaches. Carefully gather and manage three key resources needed to create flowers and fruits. You'll never look at these organisms the same way again!

Key Features

  • Learn about plant anatomy and function by controlling a plant’s lifecycle for a year
  • Make strategic choices from limited resources and evaluate how it affects your plant
  • Maintain your plant’s health against external influences such as winter weather
  • Create up to four different types of plants, each with unique attributes and challenges
  • Earn upgrades to enhance your garden, such as preying mantids to control pests

Järjestelmävaatimukset

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows
    • Processor: Modern Intel Core series or AMD Athlon processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows
    • Processor: Modern Intel Core series or AMD Athlon processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
Hyödylliset arvostelut
42/47 (89%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
1 käyttäjän mielestä tämä arvostelu oli hauska
2.1 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 13. joulukuu, 2014.
As a botanist and a gamer, Reach for the Sun makes me feel both sad and embarassed. It is not a fun game, it is not a good learning tool, and the lessons that it does teach are often inaccurate. Yet, somehow, the game has won several awards, and this really does make me sad. To give this game an award is to suggest that this is the best we can do. That suggestion is disrespectful to the potential fun within the subject matter, and disrespectful to gamers' proven ability to create great games.

In brief, the gameplay is all about clicking. Even in strategy mode, it's all about the clicking. However, that's just a minor flaw, a flaw that pales in comparision to the big-picture gameplay flaws and botanical lies that are told by this game.

Firstly, as a player, you don't have much agency. You can't grow your plant whatever way you like. Instead, each plant has a preset fully-grown shape, a shape that was fixed by the developers at compile time. When you add new parts to a plant, you're really just unlocking bits of that preset shape. Thus, success requires learning the shape of the fully-grown plant, and then discovering the series of choices that allows you to most quickly unlock all the parts.

As a botanist, I teach that plants cannot choose their environment, as each seed must grow where it falls. However, plants can *adapt* to their environment by choosing how they grow. A bush on a rocky cliff may grow short and squat so as to protect itself from \damage by cold and wind, while a bush in a shady glade may grow tall and slim so as to try and stretch above the other plants, and grab a share of sunlight. Thus, the idea that each species of plant has a fixed shape (an idea implicitly taught by this game) is false and misleading.

The biggest flaw in the game is the lack of differentiation among plants. While there are several different types of plants in the game, from a gameplay standpoint, they're pretty much the same. From a gameplay perspective, this makes things kinda boring. From a botanical perspective, this is just plain untrue. The joy and beauty in life and biology come from from the huge variety of natural forms and behaviors. To teach otherwise, as this game does, is a terrible lie.

If you're looking for a bit of variety in your procrastination, something to give you a break from Peggle or Candy Crush, then you may find a bit of enjoyment in this game. If you're looking for something with replay value or educational value, you should look elsewhere.
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
14/17 (82%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
5.6 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 1. lokakuu, 2014.
I enjoy plant games but there isn't a lot of replayability with this one. The game is short, there's a LOT of clicking involved, there's no storyline or anything. Even the achievements only took a couple hours to get.

I wouldn't buy it unless you have some sort of need to have every plant game available on Steam.
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
5/8 (63%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
2.9 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 23. joulukuu, 2014.
Enjoyable little time killer and easy 100%. Very relaxing, especially in strategy mode. I think I got it for US$2 and played almost 3 hours, so beats my $1/h threshold.

Did I learn anything about biology? It's a game, not a science book, but you do get the things needed for plat growth at a very basic level so play it with a younger grade schooler perhaps, or just have fun with it as a game. 6/10
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
4/7 (57%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
1.8 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 19. lokakuu, 2014.
a Nice and fun little game.
took less than 2 hours to completed the game with all achiments done.,
tho worth the money spent as I had alot of fun playing this.
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
2/4 (50%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
1.4 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 15. tammikuu.
A simple yet delightful little game. It's pretty a basic and minimalistic style racer that surprisingly delivers instant fun. Race the sun is a very satisfying game.

Game: 7.0/10
Graphic: 7.5/10

100% Achievement : Easy | Medium | Hard | Very Hard
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
2/4 (50%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
1.6 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 29. syyskuu, 2014.
NO!!! do not get this game! Its not educational on plants as its advertised, the game play is not fun. Waist of money, waist of time. 5/100
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
54/63 (86%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
3.2 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 8. marraskuu, 2013.
A cute little simulation game. I wouldn't pay the full price ($10), but I believe I made an okay deal when I got it for $5 on sale. The game doesn't offer too much gameplay time (aka replay value is pretty low, at least until they release more type of plants and maybe more extra stuff, if they ever do), but again - for $5 it's pretty much a fair deal. It's definitely not worth any more than that, though.
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Kehittäjä on vastannut 19. joulu, 2013 10.58
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33/37 (89%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
2.1 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 28. marraskuu, 2013.
The recent update including the strategy mode cuts down on the "clickiness" by a lot; which leaves this game as a 4/5 for somehow being fun and educational. The update also had the unseen benefeit of cutting down a graphical issues, since it can go as a turn-based, not real-time.
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Kehittäjä on vastannut 19. joulu, 2013 10.46
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24/29 (83%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
1.9 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 4. tammikuu, 2014.
A small educational game about plants that sadly lacks depth and becomes a manic click-fest just to gather your resources in time. Not quite sure how I would improve the game but its gameplay could need a fair bit of tweaking. The dev do seem fairly active so the game can still be very much improved.

Very simplistic achievements that mostly are tied to upgrades and growing each plant in an optimal way.

Time to 100%: 2-3 hours
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
56/85 (66%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
1.2 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 25. marraskuu, 2013.
Interesting game. The concept is what got me interested but at the end of the day, it felt like a click fest with no discernable goal or end game to achieve.

Why am I trying to grow individual flowers? Is it for the seeds? So that next season I can plant one more flower?

If they added some scale to this game, like, every year you have a few more flowers to take care of simultaneously, and then eventually you're tending a garden or something, it might have held my interest.

Beyond that, all I did was click click click click click click click click click to get a flower grown and harvest my seeds. Kind of one dimensional I guess...

Cool concept, needs more end game. Thanks for teaching me about plants.
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Kehittäjä on vastannut 19. joulu, 2013 10.54
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30/49 (61%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
0.9 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 27. marraskuu, 2013.
On surface level the concept seems very interesting. For once, instead of killing monsters and shooting people, you get to grow a flower and spread new life! With multiple different flowers and an upgrade system you're bound to have many hours of fun here, right?

Well, sadly no. There doesn't seem to be any way to really strategize the growing of your flowers, since there's actually only one right way to grow all the flowers, which there are four visually different ones, but which play identically. Reach for the Sun really feels like a simple flash game made as a proof-of-concept or something similar. Play time is somewhere under an hour after which you have gained everything and done everything.

A shame really. With extended gameplay and more interesting mechanics the game could potentially be a unique little flower, but currently it is just over-priced run-of-the-mill flash game you could find on any website.
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
7/8 (88%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
1.7 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 20. maaliskuu, 2014.
A clickfest that has you reveling in satisfaction. The game consist of clicking different sections of your plant to collect resources, using your spare time to grow and increase the rate at which you can collect resources. Budding flowers or fruit and ultimately collecting seeds before winter stops you. The life of a plant is an intense one and I have a new understanding for green life. The gamplay lasts about 3 hours before you complete the main. Replay value imo is low. Don't let that discourage you from the beautiful game that is Reach for the Sun. 8/10
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
7/9 (78%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
2.8 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 31. maaliskuu, 2014.
This is more like an 'educational' game but it is nice.It provides you various plants to grow with their different stages and things to make the game enjoyable,which it does.Actually,I would've been more happy if they didn't provided the knowledge,which OF COURSE everybody knows(like photosynthesis,chlorophyll),but still I skip those things and play it. SO,my experience with this game is good and yes I would recommend it.
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
4/4 (100%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
0.9 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 26. marraskuu, 2013.
My four year old daughter loves this one, not 100% sure what the target demographic is but as far as four year old girls are concerned, nailed it!
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
5/6 (83%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
2.2 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 20. kesäkuu, 2014.
I'm really glad they included Strategy Mode in a recent update, because while I'm not that fond of RTS clickfests, I had a good time with the turn-based mode. Not that long game, got all the achievments in less than 2 hours.
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
6/8 (75%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
4.8 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 8. huhtikuu, 2014.
A fun timekiller. I'd recommend this for anyone intersted in botany or gardening. It's a surprising thinker of a game, cute, and actually teaches you about how a flowering plant grows, if you pay attention.
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
12/20 (60%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
2.1 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 1. joulukuu, 2013.
Cute game that tries to teach you a thing or two about flowers. And it works. But in the end it just feels like a clickfest, though. It doesn't entirely work as a game, but it's an original concept nevertheless.

[Rating: 70/100]
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Kehittäjä on vastannut 19. joulu, 2013 10.39
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3/3 (100%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
2.1 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 7. marraskuu, 2013.
Hrm... I thought when it said 'Strategy' that there would be... um, strategy. There wasn't. It's another one of those how-fast-can-you-click-the-things games. I do not like.
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
4/5 (80%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
33.6 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 12. kesäkuu, 2014.
I've finished this game, so I feel it deserves a review. It has a lot of good points, but overall, I'm afraid I'm not going to recommend it. On the positive, the graphics are lovely and the concept is good. It has a nice sound track and is very relaxing -- it is great to have a game that has a calm, positive, non-destructive theme. Although the gameplay is simple, it is not off putting. The "normal" mode is a bit of a click-fest, but the "strategy" mode solves that and makes it playable. What the game lacks though is depth and challenge. There are only five plants (sunflower, toad lily, lilac, squash and prickly pear) and having more would be better. The upgrades are also somewhat limited. And the "hard" plants are still straighforward to play-and-complete, without requiring too much thought. As a result, it is pretty quick to get through all of it. A few other problems exist (no full-screen mode, difficult to get to the almanac, etc.) and although it talks about plant biology, it does go into much detail with it. If you like a peacful, simple game then maybe, but otherwise the lack of depth lets it down. So, not recommended, but it was a close call.
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
5/7 (71%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
2.4 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 11. elokuu, 2014.
Reach for the sun is a fairly short but fairly relaxing game. It is not the sort you play to get psyched, excited, to feel the rush of blood one would get from winning in PvP or getting a head shot; it is the sort of game you would enjoy at a zen garden, during a short break, or just before going to bed to wind down.

If I have to criticize, I would say that "Reach for the Sun" lacks development. The game have potentials but the developers failed to bring out it's shine; there are five different kinds of plant and that's all there is to it, and the gameplay is the same for all five of them. The game might benefit a bit more interesting and longlasting if there are a dozen or more plant, which is where the developers should spent their time on; but instread, the devlopers spend a sizeable chunck of their time on the in game Almanac and putting a voiceover like it's a audio book. Which is the one feature that I literally never use because the game already have a comprehensive tutorial.

However, for those who enjoys relaxing, light puzzle games, I'd still recommend giving this game a shot. This game could have gone further but for five dollar it's definitely money well spent.

Score: 7/10
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