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 (215 reviews)
Release Date: May 6, 2013
Popular user-defined tags for this product:

Sign in to add this game to your wishlist or mark as not interested

Buy Reach for the Sun

HOLIDAY SALE! Offer ends January 2

-50%
$4.99
$2.49
 

Recent updates View all (4)

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 :)

3 comments Read more

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
8 of 9 people (89%) 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 13
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
3 of 4 people (75%) 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
3 of 4 people (75%) 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
3 of 4 people (75%) 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
Was this review helpful? Yes No
3 of 4 people (75%) 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 23
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
Was this review helpful? Yes No
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
Was this review helpful? Yes No
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
love it only wish there was multiplayer and more plants from all over the world plus anuals prenials or however you spell it lol but srsly this is a fun game only lacking in content and maybe a very educational story plus more settings need to be added because this game is very buggy with steam notifications. but overall enjoyed it.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
2 of 3 people (67%) 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
53 of 60 people (88%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
 
A developer has responded on Dec 19, 2013 @ 10:58am
(view response)
33 of 36 people (92%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
 
A developer has responded on Dec 19, 2013 @ 10:46am
(view response)
24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
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
Was this review helpful? Yes No
55 of 84 people (65%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
 
A developer has responded on Dec 19, 2013 @ 10:54am
(view response)
29 of 48 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
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
Was this review helpful? Yes No
7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 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!
Was this review helpful? Yes No
5 of 6 people (83%) 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No