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!
User reviews: Mixed (208 reviews)
Release Date: May 6, 2013
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August 4

Crazy Plant Shop now available on Steam!

We've heard a number of people asking for another one of our games to come to Steam, and we're happy to announce that Crazy Plant Shop is now available!

In Crazy Plant Shop, players learn about genes and inheritance by breeding zany plants! Special requests from mysterious customers require players to understand dominant and recessive traits and how genetic traits get passed through generations. Use profits to acquire new breeds, purchase shop upgrades, and acquire new customers!

Go check it out! Thanks for all the support you've given us :)

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“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

About This Game

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

System Requirements

    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
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
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.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
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.
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10.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
because its fun to make and grow your own plant
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
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.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
I am a gardener so of course I love this game. Nice and easy going with pretty graphics and you learn something! It has the rts element for regular game mode and then the added turn based strategy mode which is a nice change up. Not a super long game, but pretty and fun for the time being. Definitely recommended, and they lowered the price, heck wait for a sale and it will be even cheaper and then definitely try it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Well Im torn on whether to recommend this game or not. It only takes 2 hours or so to complete the main game and unlock all the acheviements. So I would not recommend spending much on the game.

It is however, fairly interesting to play. There are two modes. "Cliassic" mode which I didnt like as its a simple clickfest as you franticly click to gather resources to continue building your plant. Then there is a "strategy" mode, which is esentially a turn based game. I enjoyed this mode much more. In this mode you plan each turn and spend your available resources all while trying to grow your plant enough to produce seeds to gain points to spend on new plants and upgrades.

Overall I do recommend this game, just know it will only take a couple hours to complete and try to grab it at a discount like I did.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
"Learning Games That Shine". That is what the developers say about themselves. And with this game they put forward an excellent example of how this would look. This small game is a little gem where every step seems to be well thought. Even the music is completely in sync with what you try to achieve.

The object is simple enough, grow a plant from seedling to full grown, flower-bearing beauty as soon as possible. This can be done through two modes, classic and strategy.

If classic mode you'll need to 'collect' nutrients and water through the plants roots and starch through its leaves. With these building stones you can grow more roots, leaves, stems and eventually the flowers. Watch out for bugs! They will kill your plant. After you've grown the flower it is time to attract the bees so they can pollinate your flowers and grow seeds.

The seeds are used to get more plants and upgrades.

In Strategy mode you have all the time in the world to finish the plant, but a limited source of nutrients.

The only downside to this game is it's length. You can 'finish' the game in about two hours and then there is not much to go back too. So in conclusion I wholeheartedly recommend this game especially if this game is on sale.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
It is a short game, but with nice mechanics - there is a 'strategy' mode and an 'action' mode, the first is turned based, the last one is rts like and requires quite some timed cliking to collect the resources. It is fresh and smooth, nice to play. Obvioulsy, it is not going to allow for long hours of gameplay like heavy strategy games - but if you have a couple of hours and are interested in picking a quick to play nice little 'strat' game, it is well worth the time.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
It's a great game, I was very excited to play it when I received as a gift from a special person. I didn't get disappointed, the game is really nice and beautiful, good graphics and soundtrack. In a biological view I really liked it, even in a botanical lab some people can't imagine a plant as a live being, I mean, they are immobile to our eyes! By playing "Reach for the Sun" I felt I can like plants even more now than I already liked before. Totally recommended if you are interested in plants <3
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
Just yes.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
33.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
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.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Stimulating atleast to me, calmed me down and is a pretty good game over all. Very educational, just imagine if there was a gamemode where you had to survive against GMO's, haha.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
This game is so short, it's not even worth 5 bucks.
You can beat the whole game in less than an hour.
The game is repetitive and has very little replay value.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
As pretty as this "game" is. I feel but compelled to warn people. This is not a game so much as it is a clicking simulator.

There is no strategy. There is no game play. The only thing that makes this game difficult is the poor controls and poor game response.

The pictures are pretty but in the end you do little more than click on roots, click on leaves, click on bugs and for variety, click and hold sometimes.

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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
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
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Like others said, don't buy this unless you are into gardening and education of plants. I would not recommend it unless it's on super sale and you actually think you might be interested in gardening/plants which is why I got it.

Pros:
Learn about plants and if you like gardening you'll probably have a bit of fun
Strategy mode is fun and relieves the stress of clicking like crazy to harvest everything

Cons:
Very short: I unlocked and beat everything in less than 2 hours, needs more content... There's no reason why there should not have been more plants added... Fruits, veggies, more flowers, more everything should have been added from the start.
Very repetetive. Every level feels identical.

Overall I give it about a 5 out of 10.
gameplay: 5
sound: 8, the music is actually decent
content: 2: needs a lot more content
controls: 5: Classic mode is a clickfest, but strategy mode allows more time for thinking things through. The UI is ok, nothing special
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
Very boring, unchallenging game, without any real educational merit for children learning how plants grow. Gameplay is limited to clicking leaves when they fill up with sun, clicking roots when they need water... just clicking. There's very little planning, or ability to grow your plant in any creative way... absolutely a waste of money, which I wouldn't even recomend for kids. Get them a packet of seeds and some dirt instead.
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
Be a plant, and grow. wery similar to a kongregrate game. 3/10
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8.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
The game is very good. I recomanded it. But I want more from this game.
Maybe carrots to grow it in two years or every day bonus or every day "mini" growing apple etc.
I have 200 seeds and all plants, all upgrades.
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