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 (72 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

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
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196 of 245 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 1, 2014
I met four cute girls and got friendzoned by all of them. More realistic than I would've thought. 10/10
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46 of 47 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Twee anime virtual choose-your-own-adventure where slacker college boy-seeks-girls in quaint little town. With flowers.

Probably a little better than that sounds (unless that sounds awesome to you, and then here's your game). The characters are all a little two-dimensional (also literally) but kind of engaging. The story's somewhat predictable but not terrible, and achievements are pretty easy to pick up in a few hours. Also the emoticons are pretty. Picked it up in a bundle and I have no regrets.
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
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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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
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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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
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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73 of 116 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
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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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
spent all my time in the garden so i ended up dieing alone.
well my flowers were pretty anyway.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Don't play it, there's better games out there.

Biggest problem is that there's no relationship bar outside of the one you see when making important dialogue decisions. This means that you can spend 80% of your Summer with one girl and still end up with the forever alone ending. Just for an example, Clara the Tomboy is interested in the big city. She's only interested in you once you tell her your from LA. Okay, whatever. But then despite being a tomboy you have to figure out that she wants to be kept up to date on LA Styles and whatnot, despite being a tomboy.

To keep up to date on LA, you have to keep in touch with your Ex whose still living there. So to get a new GF, you have to keep in touch with your ex, that's quite intuitive.

I don't know how many different "events" there are, but a lot of time seems to be spent getting the same filler text.

Farming is pointless, there's nothing to spend the money on and it's ridiculously easy to get a ton of money.

The same music loops about 90% of the time, to the point that you'll probably be startled whenever it changes.

You can literally just play the game until the final 3 weeks, save, and then just constantly reload that save and get the different endings.

Playing this blind, I had no idea that I was doing anything wrong until I hit the ending. Plus the fact that I saw almost no events or choices.

There's better virtual novels out there.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
I like this game. Steve is a typical air-head teenager, and i feel bad for Jill when i was getting her achievement, by end up back dating a guy like him.
But the farm system... I loved it! loved became rich with the farm, I loved the Steve relationship with his grandfather, the way his personality evolves throughout the game... So, yeah, for me it worth playing.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
tl;dr -> Play as a spoiled brat who gets sent to work on a farm, meeting 4 girls who might only be interested due to the proximity principle - you are really the only eligible bachelor there. You can be the sweetest friend, but make just one wrong move, and you will be friendzoned by your potential lover. 11/10 real life simulator.

I got this game in a bundle, and was very happy I did not spend that much money to buy just this game. I normally try not to mention price if I feel a game's mechanics outshine any monetary value, but $16.99 CAD for this is horrendous. Honestly, you can pick up almost ANY book (or even several if you go to a thrift store) for that price, and the writing will be leagues better. Do not waste your money on this. Read a book instead.

The aesthetics are okay, the detail in the characters and backgrounds are average. There are not many extra scenes, so you will have to get used to seeing the same character positions over and over and over again. The music is bland, and there is no voice acting or sounds - which is odd because there is a voice toggle in the options. There appears to be some optimization issues, as I have been unable to run the game in fullscreen - it zooms in and cannot be altered even after I tried experimenting with the settings. The story is very, very basic, predictable, and quite boring. I will highlight my potential bias here, as I have been an avid reader of many different genres all my life, but even then, there are other cheaper/free alternatives if you insist on having a visual novel experience.

I really try to stress whether or not a game is worthy of your time and resources, and this one isn't. Seriously, try out Katawa Shoujo for much better game, and there are countless other visual novels with a far better script.

The controls are basic of a typical visual novel, and there is no tutorial needed. The learning curve is non-existent, however, you will have to plan your weeks (similar to the style seen in the Princess Maker games) out. Each activity you do provides different increases to your stats (ex: working on the farm increases your determination) and gives you more chances to interact with the 4 girls in town.

There is a rudimentary farming system that surprised me - it added a very slight change to the constant reading. You can plant seeds, water your crops, remove weeds, and kill pests. When your vegetables are ready, you can harvest them to sell at the shop to buy more crops. This feature irritated me greatly, as I had a lot of money by the end of the game, but never saw an option to use it (except for buying more seeds). There is really no point of planting/harvesting your crop.

The character interaction system is very, very boring - you will have MANY days of reading the same script over and over again. I tried going on runs (to interact with one girl) 4 days a week, and every day was just a repeat in the script. Also, if you get one interaction incorrect (ex: say the wrong thing during one of the few dialogue trees), you will completely blow any chance you had to get an ending with the girl you wanted.

Overall, I strongly suggest you avoid this game and seek out any alternatives - there are many visual novels available on steam that are free. Even if you got this game for $1, I think it would be better spent elsewhere.

Do not recommend.

Cheers,
DJSF @DJSF's Rogue Reviews
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
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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