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.
User reviews: Mixed (41 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 28, 2010
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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

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX or OpenGL compatible card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
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    • OS: Mac OS 10.4
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
Helpful customer reviews
15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
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!
Posted: October 7
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 7
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 7
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
21.0 hrs on record
Best Waifu dating sim of the year, 8/10 without a doubt. Only reason it does not score higher is for the fact that there is no bewbs, something I'm sure everyone can agree is kinda important.

Just remember that crying in the corner and using your own tears as lube after playing this game because you know you will never have a perfect qt 3.14 waifu in real life is completly normal and nothing to be ashamed of!
Posted: October 11
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 11
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 29
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5.4 hrs on record
Grabbed this game from Indie Humble Bundle for 1.87$ and you will not regret it. A beautiful visual novel game that requires you to score with 4 different chicks or live a lonely life without love (this game made this sound so bad).

The cons would be that this game ends too quick and only need 3.3 hours to get all the different endings.

Personal Opinion : 8/10, Grab this when there is a sale.
Posted: October 8
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8.2 hrs on record
Short but very fun! (That's what she said).

So what do we have here? 4 Endings followed by a linear and basic story nothing too extravagant or new but hell this game it's really cute and relaxing (I wont suggest buying it at 14,99 though that price tag is unreasonable)
Posted: October 8
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2.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 10
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3.1 hrs on record
I wasn't expecting much walking into this game, but I ended up being pleasently surprised. It's not the most lengthy or exciting thing in the universe, but it's a fairly interesting and relatable story about a University slacker with a poor relationship with his father getting packed off to his relatives in the country. What he does from there is mostly in your hands. It's a fairly standard 'Time management Visual Novel' style game, but with good art, decent characters and fair writing.

It won't win any game of the year awards, but it's well worth the time spent playing. If you like this style of game, it's a fairly easy recommend.
Posted: October 10
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12.0 hrs on record
Nice dating visual novel with simulation elements.
The writing is good, even better than average I'd say.
The art is nice but nothing out of the ordinary. If any, expressions are sometimes a bit exagerated.
There is also an intelligent farming minigame based on time (and money) management which could have made use of steam leaderboards,
Overall, it is enjoyable.
Posted: October 11
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4.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 11
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2.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 11
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2.1 hrs on record
Before I start, I'd mention that I am not used to playing these type of games. I did like playing Flower Shop: Summer In Fairbook. It's like a storybook of some sort, short one, but still.

Plusses:
+ Decent story
+ Nice looking images/pictures/scenes
+ Requires some planning to get the achievements
+ Keeps you interested

Minuses:
- re-playability is kind of low
- gardening is actually quite useless
- game of this price should have more content. Currently I played the game through the first time with 1 hours 20 minutes (I actually read all the texts).
Posted: October 15
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3.2 hrs on record
Visual novel games are not everyones cup of tea, which you do in fact drink in this game. I liked this game as I do with most of the "Winter Wolves" titles and as I would with Hanako. These games are targetted for a certain market which falls inbetween a myriad of gamers, for arguement sake I would say it is casual gaming and not facebook casual gaming.

I liked this game, I thought the gameplay was straight forward where you maintain a farm as required by the storyline which helps pass time. When you are finished with your days work you have the option of courting one of four other women who have genuinely different personalities. The characters were not totally hollow and they did interconnect with one another and the supporting cast that shadowed them.

It is not a title for everyone and I cant say I payed full price either, none the less for the price of admission for the bundle I got it from I am completely content with my purchase.

The only thing I can say against the game is that it is abruptly short and does not use the farming segment at all within the actual game to further the story, money has no purpose.
Posted: October 13
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2.3 hrs on record
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
Posted: October 20
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67 of 84 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Grade: D

The story is generic and forgettable even if it has its moments. The art is decent but uninspiring. The farming feels tacked on and is largely pointless (as you can only spend money on, gasp, more seeds). For genre of "dating sim" it does nothing new and features an un-relatable protagonist. I'm not sure how any girl or guy would find this story or its male lead compelling.

I can't say I hate this game but it is a solid, "Meh."
Posted: May 16
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84 of 115 people (73%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
I met four cute, different girls and got friendzoned by all of them. More realistic than I would've thought. 10/10
Posted: September 1
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22 of 22 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
IF only there was a thumb recommendation that shows the thumb aiming sideways in the only means to justify that me saying this game is fairly decent.

It's not groundbreaking, it's not revolutionary, it's not bringing anything new to the 'visual novel'/'dating sim' genre (aside from the 'Harvest Moon' mechanics) but the game overall, is not BAD, per se. Far from it, it is a decent experience.

You take control of a character (or need to say pervert) named Steve, as he recently broke up with his ex 'Jill' and you get sent to farm slavery by your dad throughout the course of the summer, while trying to score with new chicks around the block. And that's pretty much it. Fairly simple, not hard to follow and you will get to learn more about the new characters you interact with, depending on how much time you spend with a particular female to increase your many stats.

Incresing your stats helps you to unlock this game's 9 endings...which I have spent 7 hours unlocking (if there are MORE endings then 9, please let me know). These endings are not anything special besides the fact of helping yourself to unlock an achievement and to see how that ending alters the original ending of the game. Phew, I managed not to give away spoilers.

The art is decent, the soundtrack is decent, the story, in itself, is decent, the whole game is decent. While it may not be a worthwhile game to spend your money on, it's one of those dating sims that is only enjoyable first time through and a chore the other 9 playthroughs after that.

Funny enough, there is a voice volume slider, and yet, there's no voice acting in this game.
Posted: May 26
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48 of 70 people (69%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
I personally wouldn't recommend paying $15.00 dollars for this game. It's not that bad it's just short, not to mention the gardening gameplay isn't all that fun/ or even nessasary. Unless you can get it on sale for less than 5 dollars I wouldn't even bother.
Posted: May 16
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