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 (200 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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Reviews

“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
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 20
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: March 31
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: April 8
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 4
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 11
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53 of 60 people (88%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: November 8, 2013
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