The Flower Shop is a dating and farming simulation game. Steve's life has just taken a downward turn. His grades from his first semester in college are dismal, his relationship with his girlfriend is rocky at best, and now his dad is shipping him off to some farm for the summer so that he can "build character.
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Release Date: Jan 28, 2010
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About This Game

The Flower Shop is a dating and farming simulation game.

Steve's life has just taken a downward turn. His grades from his first semester in college are dismal, his relationship with his girlfriend is rocky at best, and now his dad is shipping him off to some farm for the summer so that he can "build character."

What's a poor, lazy, college kid to do?

Take control of Steve as he spends a summer in Fairbook, working on the farm, making new friends, and maintaining old relationships.

You can raise and sell your own crops, but you'll have to work hard to keep your land well watered and free of weeds and insects, or your crops will fail. Stop by the flower shop to buy more seeds, but choose wisely. Some plants take longer to mature, and some crops will get you a better return at the market.

There are four girls who you can spend time with. Maintain a good relationship with them by spending time with them and learning about their hopes and dreams. You can impress them by improving your skills, but if you only focus on one thing, they won't be interested. Build a strong enough friendship, and it might even bloom into romance.

You can plan your weeks and who you spend time with using the weekly scheduler. Customize each week, spend time with who you like, or ignore everyone and work all day. Don't forget to take a break once in a while, or your health will suffer.

The game features nine different endings that change based on your decisions throughout the game. Will Steve finally learn to be responsible? A good farmer, even? Will he make up with his girlfriend, find a new romance, or end up alone?

It's all in your hands.

FEATURES

  • Mix between dating sim with farming sim gameplay
  • Raise your crops and sell them at the market
  • Plan how you spend your time with the weekly scheduler
  • Relationship system: each character has a relationship value that affects gameplay
  • High replayability: normal and special ending for a total of 9 different endings!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX or OpenGL compatible card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS 10.4
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
Helpful customer reviews
95 of 127 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
I met four cute, different girls and got friendzoned by all of them. More realistic than I would've thought. 10/10
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58 of 85 people (68%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
You can see the Black Bra of an Adult Woman while its raining. I will never come this close to a Bra anymore!

12/10 Thanks to the Boob factor!
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
First of all I must mention that i've played Always Remember Me which was also made by Winter Wolves and left a negative review. It's not that they are bad games, it's because they have some pointless aspects, they will force you to grind to get the different endings and they have a very short duration for $15+ games.

Flower Shop is a visual novel with a vegetable patch that you can manage in uncle Sam's farm. The story is good in my opinion, but to get the different endings, there is some grinding to be done. The art is fine i'd say and the music is good despite being repetitive.

On the good side, your choices affects the story and you have 5 possible different endings. As I said it's not a bad game, but there are too many things that makes no sense for me to recommend this game!

First of all, the farming part of the game: You have a plot of land that you can weed out, plant seeds and water them, then sell the product to make money... The catch? It's pointless! I've planted 5 plants at the start of the game and during the rest of the game I just choosed the option "Done working" and every single character told me that I was working hard and improving! I was also able to complete all 5 different endings without farming.

Also the price... $15? It took me 2 hours to get the 5 different endings (yes i've let the game opened for 1-1.5 hour to get cards) and after that, there is 0 replay value. I just can't understand why Winter Wolves sets their prices so high. It would be more logical to sell their games at a $5-8 price tag.

So overall, I believe the story was good and I enjoyed playing the game (alot more than Always Remember Me). But it's way too short and as I mentioned before, the farming part is useless. Feel free to get this game around $5 if you're into visual novels, as you might regret spending $15 for such a short game. I really wish in their future games they will fix those issues as their stories are quite good.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Apparently I suck at this game, since I had three playthroughs were I ended up alone and a fouth were I got a girl I didn't aim for. The farming gameplay is utterly useless, since you earn money just go buy more seeds and your work at the garden doesn't seem to influence anything for the characters. But well, since it forces you to work at the garden every morning, you might as well keep growing and cleaning.

The game is very short, which means that neither the story nor the characters are deep in any way, but it's still enjoyable. Everyone who loves dating sims may have some hour or two fun playing the game and going for the best girl. Don't pay too much though and hope for better and bigger games of this genre in the future.

edit:
Apparently I am just too bad with farming, since the money indeed has influence on the kind of ending.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Flower Shop: Summer in Fairbrook feels like an early effort by the developer. The central charater is a boy named Steve who is shipped off to his uncle's farm by his father for making all D's in school and for being a selfish child with no ambitions and an attitude problem.

On the farm, Steve protests royally against having to do actual labor, but in order to try to have good relationships, you have to choose options that seem contrary to Steve's nature which takes some of the believability out of the situation. Steve is a jerk, but in order to make progress in the story, you need to not let Steve be a jerk.

The uncle seems to be an important character, but then he vanishes for 75% of the game. The girls Steve meets are all ends of what-the-hell. There is another boy named Jacob who is innocently attracted to one of the girls in the game, and you can watch his anxiety and care for her in every frame get ignored.

The farming mechanic is absolutely pointless. You can earn currency which is spent on more seeds to get more currency to do absolutely nothing more than buy more seeds. By the end of the game, I had saved more than $1000 and thought something neat would happen. Nope. No option to buy anything. No acknowledgement of my small fortune. You can earn lots of money FOR NO REASON, and this infuriated me.

So the game ends, and the one girl you were after never ended up liking you enough, and you don't really know what you could have done, but Gee Whiz, play through it all again and try harder, sport.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
The Flower Shop: Summer In Fairbrook is the first game in The Flower Shop series of visual novels produced by Winter Wolves. A large part of the gameplay also has players managing a farm while creating relationships with characters in the game.The game revolves around Steve who is on break from college. Steve has just recently split from his girlfriend and his dad decides to send him off to his uncle’s farm for the summer rather than having him at home. Needless to say Steve doesn’t start out the game in a very happy mood but after discovering four girls that have the potential of a romantic relationship he turns around by the end of the game.Summer In Fairbrook is all about deciding how to spend your time as Steve. While much of your time is spent on the farm raising crops to sell for profit he still has plenty of free time to spend romancing the four available girls and doing all the normal things a college student loves to do on his college break. Many of these activities can increase your skills in particular areas to help you in the game or be used to impress girls.Raising crops has multiple game mechanics to it including the purchasing of seeds, planting, watering and clearing the land of weeds. If you can successfully grow your crops then you’ll be able to visit the market to sell them for better seeds and some pocket money.On the romancing side of gameplay players will engage in a number of activities with each of the girls which in turns increases how much of a relationship they have with Steve. Just like in real life building a relationship takes time, skills and lots of talking.Depending on the relationships you pursue you can experience one of nine different endings which are saved in the archives to be viewed later which encourages you to try and collect them all.All in all, if you’re a fan of visual novel games, want a short one, and want to pay the proper price for a short game – pick up The Flower Shop: Summer in Fairbrook on Steam. There are achievements, Steam cards, and everything you could want.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
4 love interests, 9 endings, steam achievements and trading cards!

I enjoyed and highly recommend this Visual Novel and its little farming twist.

The plot revolves around Steve, a guy who’s barely getting by at college with a D average, just got dumped, and has an appalling relationship with his father. His father sends Steve to live with his uncle for a “Summer in Fairbrook” as punishment for his low grades, where Steve is destined to become a farmhand. This trip changes him. His character developing based upon choices you make.

The best aspect of this game is its character development. For instance, Steve’s character changes dependent upon whom you decide Steve should romance in Fairbrook. Other characters also change as events occur within the story.

It takes a little while to work through all the endings, and also very enjoyable to do so, as you learn more about each of Steve’s love interests. Definitely recommend for people who enjoy VNs and dating sims.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
It's not totally bad per se, but since there's only two options here I must go with a NO.

The game is very short, with easily forgettable characters and for the dating sim genre it's overly simplistic. The only thing that stands out a bit from the typical games in the genre is the farming part, but since you can just skip that portion without doing a single thing and have no effect to the overall game I just can't see the point of it.

I've played worse, but even for under $5 I can't just go and recommend this game to anyone.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Flower Shop: Summer In Fairbrook is more of a dating game rather than a farming game. It gave you many different choices to select, It not just a run-over story, you got to actually choose which storyline you want to go or which girl you want to date. It has four different girls to date with, all four of them are really cute so it up to your taste of girls to decide which one you love the most. This game have total of 5 endings, one sad and four happy ending. The Intro is quite boring and doesn't really make sense but then when you are in climax, that where you will have the fun of this game. The Gameplay is quite simple, you would have to manage your own about how you going to spend your weeks in the game if you don’t know how to manage it well then there are some guides out there to help you.

Total Raiting Flower Shop:Summer in Fairbrook 9.5/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
As I believe someone else said, I wish there was a thumb going sideways.. a more neutral response.


The Bad:
This game is a lot shorter than any other games of similar genres that I have played. Like, way way too short (especially for the 14.99 price tag)... it only took me 2 hours to play through it the first time, and that's with actually reading everything. It only lasts the Summer (which I think had been a period of 4 months). Most games of this type tend to be at least a year.. So I didn't feel that you had a lot of time to make the choices you need.
You also only get to decide on one thing to do every day. In the morning you work in your little garden patch, and then in the afternoon you do the one thing you decided to do (Eg. Go to the library, or for a run).
Far too often spending time with the girls is nothing more than a filler "It was a lot easier to run with Clara today than usual... and so another day is over". It's a little annoying to find out that you wasted your only choice that day by getting nothing but filler text.
When you do have a "meaningful" interaction with someone, you only get to choose one response through the whole thing (more often than not) and everything else is pre-determined.. so I found that the character did/said far too many things that I wouldn't have done, had I been given the option. More often than not ♥♥♥♥ing off people that you didn't intend to anger.
I also, personally, found that choosing any of the women was quite limiting, as Steve makes it very clear that he still wants to be with his ex-girlfriend Jill... there by making chasing any of the other women just seem weird.... and when I did finally decide I like one of the other girls, I was able to get my relationship to the highest it could be... and we just ended up being friends.. not really sure what happened there.

The good:
The farming is decent, it doesn't make the game, but it doesn't break it either.
The characters are decently interesting, if you ever actually get the time to talk to them in a capacity other than the flavour text added in the game, and the writing is fairly good.
The music isn't bad, I had my volume down, so I didn't pay too much attention to it.
The art is quite nice.

All in all, I would give this game 50%.. it isn't good, but it isn't bad either... however, it's not worth 15 dollars.. so if you can get it on sale, then it's worth it, but you shouldn't buy it at full price.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Story Spoilers:

Let me start this review by just saying that I guess I had different expectations for it. With that said, I think this game could use a lot of work if it were concerned with my thoughts/complaints on it. So to summarize what this game is about; You are a stereotypical slacker with low ambitions and a bit disrespectful. Your dad doesn't exactly get along with you, but figures your attitude needs changing so he drives you up to your older uncle's farm where you're expected to raise vegetables on a small plot of land. You get to drive into town within your first week of being there, where you'll meet 3/4 of the young women whom you can get to know better. Your uncle decides to go back to his normal schedule and lets you do with your week as you will. This leads you to several options for each day of the week; work more, visit the flower shop (Susana is here), visit the Library (Marian the Librarian is here), go for a jog (with Clara), stay at home (and talk to your ex-girlfriend Jillian), and relax. Choosing any of the options with the women will boost the tied "stat" that goes with it. These stats will reflect what you may or may not see when visiting the women.

Your days start with working in the plot of land you're given. You have to clear out squares filled with weeds to actually start planting anything. Plants take a few or several days to grow, depending on if you use fertilizer or not. Once they are grown you can sell it. The choices you have at the plot are; clear out weeds, plant something, using fertilizer, water plants, and clean up a plant. Any of these choices will take up 1 hour of your time, I think you have until noon to get things done in the morning before you go to whatever you chose to do that day. If you go to the flower shop you can choose to buy more seedlings to plant in your garden with the money you've gained from selling your full-grown plants (or not full-grown if you want to sell those early for some reason, I think that is an option, but I never chose to do that).

Okay, so I think I explained the garden part fairly thoroughly, let me just explain what I think was done wrong with it and why it's one of the complaints I have about the game. You grow stuff, you sell stuff, and you buy more seeds to grow and sell more stuff. You get money by doing this, and as far as I know that money had no impact on any other part of the game whatsoever. This gardening plot mechanic seemed like such wasted potential, and was a big disappointment to see. Plus the money you made from selling those vegetables would be less than you'd get working a part time job at minimum wage for the same amount of hours. Fertilizer cost $2, and sped up the growing process by 1 day, but takes away from your end profit and takes time to use.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
What you see is what you get with this game. And what you see is a constricting disappointment. Flower Shop: Summer In Fairbrook is a shallow, uninspired dating sim with a tacked on and unless farming simulator.

Steve is a dull, flat character with no chance to really gain any interesting traits. No matter what you do during your week, Steve stays the same. No new dialogue choices open up, no new events (You can go through each and ever event present in one play through, except for the ending events.)

Each of the romancable options are two-dimensional and boring. You have the standard affair of the tomboy, the delicate, the bookworm, and this games interpretation of friend from your old life. None of these characters stand out on their own or branch out from their preassigned and obvious roles. This game can't even do something interesting with the 4 simple, tried and true roles it uses.

The minigame of farming, which you would assume would be essential, is useless. The only thing you can do with the money you earn from it is buy more plants. There is nothing else that the money can be used for. And while the farming will inform your ending, it has no real measurable effect throughout the game. As the ONLY thing to do outside of simple interactions with the girls, you would hope it would be more interesting or even fun.

For diehard dating sim fans, this game offers nothing new, interesting, or even fun. For people jsut getting into the genre, avoid this game, it is representative of the worst in dating sims. This game is too fast to beat and lacks any real meat.

I would only recommend this game to dating sim enthusiasts looking for ANYTHING to play, regardless of quality.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Story is quite shallow. The farming component not well integrated. You get all these money and don't really have anything to spend it on except for more seeds. Not very imaginative if you ask me.

NIce drawings/art but I didn't find the characters that likeable, especially the main character you control.

On the dating piece, you could be pursuing one girl in mind, but was generally nice to someone else then suddently they've hooked up with you. I didn't like it. Not enough depth to the story.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 7
sugoii/10
genuine waifu experience
lots of dokis to be had
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Even though the story is mostly predictable, I did like the development of the characters. The main character going from a lazy brat to taking responsability and actually appreciating a girl for who she is. That said, there are some big downsides to this game which takes away the natural flow of the novel and instead feels like a huge grind if you want to experience the full game.

I dislike grindy Visual Novels and unfortunately this is one of them. You don't build up your love relationships by interacting with one girl through the story, instead you have to grind for secret points by doing different activites. That makes all the love relationships feel forced rather than naturally taking place. As an example, I thought the character Marian was most interesting, so I spent most of his vacation with her. The game ends without any acknowledgement of them liking each other at all and I get flowers from another girl instead. Reading the guides, if I spend less time with Marian, I can unlock the romantic ending with her. It seems very backwards to spend less time with someone you love to make them truly love you.

The huge downside of this game is the farming. Every single morning you are forced to the farm area. You can skip it if you want to, yet I would have prefered to not see it there at all. There seems to be no reward for actually farming. You can earn money, which you can only spend on to buy more seeds, so you can sell more vegetables. Yay? I would rather have seen that you could gift something to your potential love interest or save up money to take them someplace for a special event.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
If you are a fan of cute and short visual novels (like Go Go Nippon, for example), then I highly recommend this game. It's just SO ADORABLEEEEEEEEEEE

Okay. I'm done.

Really though, the only complaints I have are that the gardening mechanic is kinda useless, and the game loses some of its vibrance when there's no music (such as when farming, or viewing the non-important scenes). As for the rest of the game, I loved it from start to finish! I might not pay $15 for it (and I didn't), so I'd wait for some kind of sale. Oh Susana! :D
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
Firstly, I bought this game with a 50% off coupon. When it first came to Steam I thought it looked promising due to the colorful atmosphere and the dialog seemed good (and at that, there are a few spelling errors here and there but you have to look hard).

The farming really doesn't add too much to the game, just feels like a distracting mini-game in this dating sim. The pests and weeding make it slightly less boring and alright. There's a 5th ending you can actually get if you reach over $1000 from simply harvesting (blackberries and strawberries are the way to go). Would be nice if a fifth achievement was added for this ending.

The story itself seems alright, you get sent to your uncle's house for the summer for having bad grades, breaking up with Jill, and having a generally lazy attitude. Over time, you get better at gardening (or just don't bother at all and watch the wees grow, best thing EVER!), and can try to get with one of the four ladies. Kind of odd you have a Relationship bar with your uncle....

Getting the endings can be a bit stressful since even if you do max out the relationship bar and continue to visit with the ladies, there is a chance they will never date you or have an ending with you which means having to either restart from the earliest checkpoint (save right after getting to Sam's house is recommended) or starting all over again from the start. This is pretty much where my biggest gripe is, maxing out the relatiosnhip bar with any lady does NOT guarantee a date or an ending with that lady no matter how much you continue to visit her (unless you follow a near perfect strategy to level up all stats each week).

The music fits a lot of the places and sadly the music seems to be the only thing I enjoyed about the game in the end.

While the game does have a few good moments if done correctly, it's just a really bad mix of dating sim and tossing in farming for money to buy... well, nothing but more seeds really. You can get one of the ladies flowers much later in the game but that's just Susana being polite towards you.

3/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
With art that looks like it belongs in a 'worst of deviantart' tumblr, and such stunning romance candidates as rabid anti-traditional medicine hippie princess, ex-girlfriend who sounds like a nagging mother, cranky girl who is only interested in you because you're from out of town, and hot older librarian, Summer in Fairbrook is totally worth it if Steam discounts it to under a dollar. Then you can date the one good candidate, if you can stomach the atrocious weekly scheduling and annoying protagonist, that is.

On the bright side, the music is good.

But, seriously. There's already a romance farming sim series: it's called Harvest Moon, and the love options and time control are far, far superior.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
This is one of those cases where a sideways thumb would be useful. I don't recommend this game, but that doesn't mean it's bad at what it does. A middle-of-the-road combination dating and farming simular, though the farming is mostly optional. Five hours to see all four possible outcomes, but zero replayability beyond that. It's worth picking up on the cheap if you like this sort of thing, but probably not if you don't.

Ultimately, I settled on a thumb down because the list price of £10.99 is far more expensive than I feel the game merits.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Interesting plots. But the game is kinda short.
Love the arts, and the BGM is kinda repetetive.

Once you know what to do, your friend in this game will be the CTRL button.

Don't even bother with the farming, it's useless.

Overall I will give it 7/10
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