In Crazy Plant Shop, players learn about genes and inheritance by breeding zany plants! Special requests from mysterious customers require players to understand dominant and recessive traits and how genetic traits get passed through generations. Use profits to acquire new breeds, purchase shop upgrades, and acquire new customers!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (74 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 4, 2014
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"Learn about genetics by breeding plants while running your own plant shop."

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“With beautiful graphics, engaging mechanics, and cheeky inside jokes and surprises, kids should be locked in quickly and stick around for the long haul.”
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About This Game

Become the ultimate botanist by running your own plant shop full of wacky and exotic plants. Whimsical clientele place orders for plants in your catalog, but not all plants you can order have the right traits your customer is looking for in a specimen. It’s up to you to use a special machine in your shop to breed the correct plant with the right traits to complete a customer’s order. Earn gold for each completed order and participate in the World Fair by submitting your best plant specimens. Use your gold to earn upgrades for your shop, and unlock all the species in Crazy Plant Shop to win the game!

Key Features

  • Learn about plant genetics and heredity by breeding plants to fulfill customer orders
  • Earn gold for each fulfilled customer order that can be used to upgrade your shop
  • Participate in local competitions to earn prestige and work your way up to the World’s Fair
  • Become the ultimate botanist by unlocking all plant species in the game

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows
    • Processor: Modern Intel Core series or AMD Athlon processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 130 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows
    • Processor: Modern Intel Core series or AMD Athlon processor
    • Memory: 1 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
While I am a little disappointed that this isn't what I expected (a more freestyle game, where you try to come up with the best selling combination of plant genes), once I got into it I had a lot of fun. It can be a little difficult at first to get a handle on managing finances and how the combinations work, but once everything clicks all you'll have to worry about is running out of space. My thanks to the developers for not including time management in with the other challenges. If I had to handle trying to keep customers happy with timely service on top of figuring out how to make the plants they wanted, I think I would have given up before making it to the end. I look forward to trying to get the remaining achievements.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Crazy Plant Shop is a short but well-made game. It's was also very educational. I wish I had this game back in high school since this is a medium of learning that I would've been able to get into.

It takes about 1-2 playthroughs to complete over the span of ~2 hours. The achievements are simple and easy to get provided you familiarize yourself with the game's 'tutorial' during the first day.

I really liked this game. It reminds me of Recettear except you actually learn something. 4/5
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
I love the artwork and the designs of the plants and it's really fun to think of how to get the different combinations. But the game is really really toooooo short.

I wishing for more content like...:
- more plants (♥)
- more tasks. (there are only two: filling the catalog and making the customers happy. It's not that much I think. :'< )
- maybe the option to enlarge, decorate, changing the shop (?) or something like that. (I want to feel like the owner)
- combinations of different plants. (to make bigger and new plants... or monsters. :D hahaha)
- some kind of different outcome in the end of the last day. (depending on fame, money or something)

And/or other things.

I think it's a really good concept and it was fun too but at the moment I doesn't feel like to play it again. Because every time it's the same. :'(
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
This game, while very short, is great fun and unbelievably adorable. It's lightly educational in that it teaches you the basics of genetics and while it's not too difficult it does require a little bit of thought.

I would desperately love to see a more fleshed out game based on this! Things like more upgrades, mixed plant orders, and more genotype versus phenotype requirements would all be awesome additions.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
I really enjoyed this game. As a Biology grad, it was pretty simple once you figure out the controls. It's kinda hard at first to manage the financial but once you figure out what you need to do, it's simple. The game is a fun way to relax. I would recommend this game if you can get it for cheap.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Although this presents as edutainment, with a lot of crazy $10 science words like "allele" and "phenotype," it plays much more like a fairly unforgiving business sim than a biology lesson.

After a few game days I worked out that most of the customer orders are not just hard or impossible to fulfil, but also involve selling special-order custom items at lower than the wholesale prices for standard varieties. So, the economy is strangely (lovingly caressed) against you. You can decline orders with no consequence as far as I could see, they just keep cycling through until you have the maximum number accepted.

Aside from the business model being odd, the real science of plant breeding is glossed over. I got the idea that some plants are "simple" like sunflowers, and you can just choose through selective breeding whether they shoot sunlight or rainbows, whereas a Pitcher Plant is more complex with variables such as whether it holds a hot or cold beverage and if it has a sippy-cup or a lid, but you choose those traits by clicking on a button and it doesn't explain anything about how to actually do that to your Mom's houseplants.

Good points: for one there's no time pressure, just resource juggling. Also I did feel a genuinely heartwarming moment when, after days of fighting foreclosure, no money in the bank, no credit available and no way to fulfil paying customer orders I was able to waste my last 6 Gold Coins on a stock bunch of white daisies to sell for 3 Gold Coins to some scruffy street urchins who needed a break. The smiles made my day and the business turned around from that moment. So the Karma Simulation seems solid.

Upgrades to the store itself are unlocked very early and I strongly recommend getting the Breeding Machine Power Upgrade asap, as that is the only possible source of profit as far as I can see - the machine manufactures new plants at no Gold cost and the number of uses refills each day (starting on the day AFTER you buy it, I think.)

Graphics are excellent, hand-painted stuff in the ballpark of Bastion and nice animated, the sound's fine but the voice acting is patchy and amateurish, it seems like a port of tablet game but runs fine on my Windows 7-64 rig.

Not sure if "terrible fake accents" is a good or a bad thing but it has that too. Also a Catctus... I mean a cactus shaped like a cat, in Spiky or Fluffy varieties. There are rabbit and chicken plants too.

Science!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Got it in a bundle. Kind of meh. Something that you'd see on flash game sites as a timewaster.

More something for small children to play with a parent and the parent explains stuff.

I does what it says so I'll give a thumbs up.

Remember though. For little kids.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
You mean to tell me I can grow crazy plants and sell them to goofy NPCs AND learn about basic science?! Sign me the ♥♥♥ up. A+
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Recommended for younger players. Seriously.

The game is very quick, and very simple, took me roughly 2 hours to finish including a few breaks.

The save function is limited, there is no undoing mistakes by loading a save, so in a way that encourages the player to be aware of their choices.

As a whole, the game touts itself as an tool for education. The game does have an interactive glossary for the scientific terms, which I found to be a nice touch.

Once the player has a grasp on the concepts the game is teaching, the game quickly becomes a resource management game instead, the genetic breeding becomes a breeze. Instead players have to keep an eye on their remaining power for the breeding machines, and which orders are best to fufill. Possibly a challenge for younger players, but as it was the game became less entertaining as I progressed.

However the game's price was super low for me, I got it with the Humble Bundle on a whim, so I recommend the game in regards to the price. The standard price of $5 isn't that bad either, but you'll either love it or hate it.

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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
It's a cute and fun game. It'll eat up an hour or two, but then there's nothing to do after that. I wish it had an unlimited mode.
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7 of 15 people (47%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Crazy Plant Shop is a game about basic Mendel genetics. Dominant and recessive genes, Punnett squares and the like. The voice acting is okay, and so are the basic mechanics, if a little simple. As a whole, the game isn't too offensive in any given area.

Except for the fact that I ran into a bug that rendered my save file unusable, and for that I have a hard time recommending it. If you ask me, game-breaking bugs are unacceptable in complete and commercial products.

If you're in 4th or 5th grade, have at it, you might have some fun. Otherwise, you probably already know what this game teaches you and won't extract that much value from it.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Although this is supposed to be an educational game, what it tries to teach isn't anything that really can carry a full game. I remember not having much trouble learning about dominant and recessive genes back around elementary school, and never really having a problem with it. A child might also learn something about business, but there's no shortage of games where you run shops or manage a business in a manner that stays fresh and enjoyable much longer than this game does.

Ultimately, this is a game you beat in about 2-3 hours, and the only reason to replay it is to max out achievements. Unless you get it dirt cheap in a sale, I can't say it's really worth the money - there are games, even games for kids, that scores a higher enjoyment time to cash ratio.
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
While i always like to try out new games, and love the idea to teach through a game, I did not last more then 15 minutes.
Maybe I just don't love plants enough to bother, dunno:)

I have to be fair to say that I did not really give it a chance, but I got bored at the first customer allready. I would not recommend it to friends, but might still be interesting to learn kids something about botany.

Anyway, I dont have kids...so not recommended!
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1 of 9 people (11%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
I'm a plant pimp, what's not to love? :D
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1 of 9 people (11%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
This game is REALLY terrible. Unless you have an interest in plant breeding.. like a super big interest to the point where you have to read a whole lot of random facts about it and listen to odd voices telling you that they want to place orders.. and how kids seem to know the difference between the plants I try to give them.. this is NOT recommended. I got it in a bundle for a $1 with two other games.. and this is the worst of the three. Ahhhh! Plus side is. Music is good! It's not.. hard to play.. it's just really really boring and the "tutorial" was pretty vague, too.
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2 of 14 people (14%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
I don't get it. I had no idea what I was supposed to be doing. The tutorial is useless. It looks like a kids game, but I guess you need a degree in biology or something to actually play it.
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1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
I liked this one: It's simplistic, but gives an environment for learning how Dominent and Recessive traits work. I enjoyed the artwork, both the portraits, and the "sprites" that walk across the screen. The plants were funny (I had to laugh as I saw a couple of them) and creatively given character as a few smiled back at you with cat-like faces. The music got me ready to get into an elevator, but also had the retro feel of a gramophone. The voice acting felt unified with the music, but all the text was read aloud, so that was nice. The settings were very simple as well,
The gameplay wasn't challenging, and I ended up having all the upgrades, plus 400 gold. The contests were a nice touch, adding a little extra difficulty to the rest of the game as you had to meet unique requirements to continue on. Since the game advanced the difficulty in well-paced steps, I did not feel too much of tediousness until the end, when there was nothing else to work for. Because the entire game was limited to 13 days, however, it seemed that it was well paced, and not too long.
Overall, great impressions.
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5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
A game without flashy graphics or anything overcomplicated. This is a game I would recommend to children and would be a nice introduction to simple money and inventory management for other more complex games out there.

I was able to 100% this game within three playthroughs which isn’t a bad thing as it is quite obvious it was made more for a younger audience but I wished it had something more challenging for the rest of us.

Got this in a Humble Bundle so it was way worth the money I spent for it.
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4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Adorable, great art, and interesting plants. Is a quick game, that you finish in "13 days" aka a few hours. Wish they expanded it a bit, since I really enjoyed the character stories as well as the plants and hybrids and updates. Was sad to see it just stop at 13 days. Good for a lazy work day ; )
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2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
I liked how simple it was to get used to how the game works. There's a good tutorial at the beginning and with some thinking in your head, you can easily beat this game. However, I disliked how short the game was and I would like to see some kind of expansion in the future to the game's length. Overall, I'd recommend this game if you're into those virtual shopowner games!
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