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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Mixed (107 reviews) - 68% of the 107 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
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Mixed (107 reviews)
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misterneopia
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
I loved this game. Not too difficult to achieve all of the endings like some visual novels. Beautiful storyline and lovely, colorful characters. I definitely have a few favourites. The music soundtrack was nice, though it got a bit repetitive after playing for several hours. Overall very very well done though. I've been sitting on this game and Winter in Fairbrook for a while - haven't had any time to try them out. Definitely going to play Winter in Fairbrook ASAP.
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Helena
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
Another meh VN. What’s the point on having a farm simulator together with a dating simulator if when you earn over $1,000 you’re basically stuck in Fairbrook and cannot date the girls? It simply RUINED the concept of the game!

The art style was okay, nothing fantastic and nothing terrible. BGs were ok too, BGM was a bit annoying sometimes. The story was meh and its characters were also meh. This game is really short and all about status raising, and you barely have time to talk to the girls. And when you do talk to them, it all happens way too fast. I only recommend this game if you’re already used to Winter Wolves VNs and/or it’s on a good sale.

3/10.
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Errapel
( 24.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 30
I really enjoyed this game.

It's farmville meets dating sim, and I love it. You play as Steve, a lazy college kid shipped off to his uncle's farm in order to build some character.
Which he does, by growing crops and getting to know the locals. As is usual for these games, there are four potential, quirky love interests.
Unlike many such games, in order to get close to any individual love interest, you have to get to know everyone, and level up several stats.
Getting the specific ending you wanted can prove tricky, as the stat you level up by spending time with a woman, is not the one that is vital to her romance path.
This means you may be trying to romance one woman, only to wind up with a different one.
And they're all quirky, there's your bossy ex, the neurotic poet librarian, the relatively normal girl attempting to escape from country life, and Susanna.
Susanna appears in a LOT of WinterWOlves games (she's Myrth in 'Loren the Amazon Princess', and Sally in 'Roommates'), either because she's a neat archtype to write around, or someone on the team knows her in real life.
She's vegan, into nature and natural healing. You mention in passing you'll take an asprin for your headache, and get treated to a lecture on chemicals and how natural remedies are so much better.

But the game is gentle and fun, it is quite entertaining to see Steve learn, mature and grow up. The characters are not particularly deep, but they don't really need to be.
You manage stats and get to know people, what more is there to say?
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Zaorrish
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 20
Good game.
I dont usually write reviews, especially on big titles. But this small game kinda warmed my heart.
Story was decent enough, nothing overwhelming or far stretched, and allowed to easely get into
character of the Main protagonist.
The light novel parts were fun as well, and coupled with the "farming" part of the game which,
to my surprise I did actuallyt enjoy, meshed well toather.

The only downside that I personally found, was the fact that it ended way to soon. The game could
use a bit more in the terms of the character development and farming, to stretch it a notch, an hour
or two would be nice.
Had this game another installment I would be happy to get my hands on it. (I avoided the Winter
version of this game, as it has a female MC, and somehow, trying to date guys did not click with me
being a dude as well.)

Overall enjoyable little experience. Sometimes it appears in Humble Bundles, or gets discounted here
on Steam. The original price is a bit steep, but if you get the option to nab it for 50% or so, I would
recommend it.
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WE DID IT
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 29
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Bratty-O WAHH GIVE ME FREE STUFF
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: December 30, 2015
OH, I SEE IT'S A VISUAL NOVEL HERE.

This sums it up:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znUS2KqPYCw
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tqwert14
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: December 19, 2015
This is an embarrassment to the human species
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minet
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: December 19, 2015
You’ll be a young man who argued with his girlfriend. Your dad, a businessman, forces you to work on summer in Fairbrook, a double change to work + in a boring village.

You’ll help farming of an old man’s garden for some income. You buy seeds, grow them and sell vegetables.
You manage a timetable at the start of each week: running, farming, reading, having a nap.

You could romance either your girlfriend to set things right or get a new one among a jogger, a librarian slightly older than you or a blond vegetarian florist who’s brother is watching you!
It’s all sweet flirting and daily tasks but the kiss scenes are worthy to see!
It’s a relaxing game.
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miinnii9
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: November 29, 2015
Don't let the reviews fool you, while this game is very short and not one of Winterwolves' greatest it is still a great way to pass a few hours. The protaganist is a pain in the beginning, but by the end of the game he at least has a few redeemable qualities and the cast of females is amazing, specifically Susana.

I do, however, wish that the farming 'mini game' had more impact on the story and more depth. It was this VN's single draw that set it apart from others and yet it ended up being a bit of a disappointment.

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╚►Hintswen
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: November 25, 2015
This game has a farming minigame built into it where you grow and sell things in your garden. I found this to be quite unique and enjoyable. The visual novel side has a lot of content and you can find yourself playing for hours on end completing just one of the.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
215 of 273 people (79%) found this review helpful
151 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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48 of 52 people (92%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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73 of 91 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2014
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."
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27 of 27 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2014
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.
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28 of 32 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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51 of 73 people (70%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2014
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.
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26 of 32 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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75 of 123 people (61%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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31 of 47 people (66%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2014
I really wanted to give this a good review but I couldn’t. The iPhone version is better but it stopped working after the iOS 4 update. I was very glad to see this show up on steam however I must say that the new mechanics almost ruined the entire game. The farming mechanic is useless and the rearranging of the way you spend your time broke the story in to parts where it just doesn’t feel as well made as the one made for the iPhone. The one advantage this one has over other dating Sims is that it doesn’t feel like it takes place in some kind of modified version of Japan and feels like an American story. It’s really sad how this came out on steam as the IOS version is in my opinion one of the best dating Sims I have played. My advice to the dev is if he still can restore the game to make it identical to the iOS version. This is also the 1st and only review I have ever done and plan on doing I felt this all had to be said.
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