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!
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Mostly Positive (199 reviews) - 76% of the 199 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 4, 2014

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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
    • Storage: 130 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows
    • Processor: Modern Intel Core series or AMD Athlon processor
    • Memory: 1 MB RAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
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Mostly Positive (199 reviews)
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crystallxo
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 7
I decided to buy this game based on a friend's purchase. I think it's fun, and a bit challenging. It's a little different from other farming type games. I found it enjoyable, and silly.
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Kaecyn
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
This game is neither fun nor educational. Each day you can breed a limited number of plants and the game is 13 days. This discourages you from experimenting with the genetics and forces you to fill orders as efficiently as possible. The punnett square is a joke. You put plants in a machine and select which trait you want to result. All of the traits have one dominant and one recessive gene, so you can keep two heterozygous plants and breed any result needed. The customers have quirky dialogue but there's no sequence to it. I had one character complain I sold plants to another character I hadn't met. By the last day, almost all of the dialogue was repeated.
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Ellencia
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 2
If you liked what you learned in Genetics or Bio I, you'll really enjoy the "strategy" to this game. It's very simple with only one criterion to continue your jourmey: have 10g to pay your rent each day. Other than that, just get heterozygotes for the plant you're working on and upgrade breeding power early. Simple and relaxing, but no replayability if you win first time.
You can tell that the creation was pretty simple.

I recommend it if it's on sale or you have a child that wants to learn about genetics or likes plants or shop games.
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BellPrincess
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
It's fun for a while, although after a certain amount of time I got bored. It's really cute, and does something to teach about how genetics work. Not sure how correct it is, since I didn't do so hot on that topic in high school bio class, but that doesn't change the fact that I think I learned something while playing this game! Highly recommended for kids, people learning basics about genetics, or both!
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^Ginko^
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
It is a fun game that was interesting for the first playthrough. Once you get the hang of genes and breeding, the game is pretty easy as long as you can manage your power. I wish it was longer, more complex, and had more variety. I guess I was looking for an alternative to plant tycoon. Last thought, This game does what it is made to do which is to introduce people (probably 5th graders) to the concept of dominant and recessive genes.

Neither pro nor con
easy and casual
puzzle type game
machines become a way to store more plants because space is limited and you get a few different requests

Pros
cute plants and artwork
learn a little about genes, very basic, but cool

Cons
voice acting is lacking
some upgrades you can buy never came into play for me
you have to accept or decline an order before a new order becomes available
short with no way to continue
not a huge variety of plants making the game become a little stale
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Vicious Beast
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Everything about this game is engineered to waste time. There's a lot of clicking past unnecessary menus, and most of the actual play time consists of watching your guy walk back and forth, and waiting for the plant breeding machine to do its magic. And it is magic; somehow the game is supposed to be about Punnet squares but it doesn't even make use of the hidden information and randomness mechanics those actually entail.

The voices sound suspiciously like high schoolers, I wonder what that could mean.
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centipedia
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
This game is intensely boring as there is only one thing you can do, over and over. It appears to be aimed at young children, but is quite difficult. The plants you breed don't kill zombies or rob banks or anything actually interesting. Instead they make your coin counter increase slightly. If you are very smart and very careful you might actually make a profit today.

It's like Papers Please, but with all of the charm, variety, cleverness, creativity, and story removed. I don't blame the game developers. I blame whatever bland committe of bureaucrats micromanaged the process in the interest of removing all of the fun and joy out of learning.
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Code Nata
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
I love this game. It's a mixture of puzzle and rpg, focusing on creation and sales.
It is very relaxing to me. The game have some instructions on the basics of genetics, which are simple to understand and fun when you achieve the plant you are trying to make.
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ivy
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
short and bad tutorial
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Nuudels
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
Product received for free
-Too easy..
-2 hours to complete
-Achievements doesnt seem to work?
+Easy learning curve (Fun for kids?)
+Relaxing.
+Steam trading cards.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
I decided to buy this game based on a friend's purchase. I think it's fun, and a bit challenging. It's a little different from other farming type games. I found it enjoyable, and silly.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Everything about this game is engineered to waste time. There's a lot of clicking past unnecessary menus, and most of the actual play time consists of watching your guy walk back and forth, and waiting for the plant breeding machine to do its magic. And it is magic; somehow the game is supposed to be about Punnet squares but it doesn't even make use of the hidden information and randomness mechanics those actually entail.

The voices sound suspiciously like high schoolers, I wonder what that could mean.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
72 of 78 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 4, 2014
First: this is an educational game that teaches the basics of genetics and plant breeding (dominant/recessive genes); a novel twist on Gregor Mendel's pea plant experiments (who makes an appearance).

Pros: Unlike most children's games, it's gentle and not flashy; there's no hurry to speed through everything, and you really want to double check everything before it goes through (fortunately, the glossary to check scientific terminology is readily available).

Soft pastel colours and a unique art style remind me of children's books of my parents' childhood. A lot of good memories are evoked in this game: the dress style of the characters is a fantastical blend of classical 18th century stiff frocks to a 1930s flapper style, the music is scratchy like an old record and hovers just at the edge of your perception. And I really appreciate well-written characters, subtle storytelling and good voice work: every character was charming and unique to me, and helping them out advanced their one-sided story a little further.

Cons: The game is unforgiving if you burn all your money buying plants instead of breeding them, accepting orders you don't have the energy or money to fulfill, or buying upgrades too early in the game. The 'tutorial' day feels tedious, but it takes two minutes to speed-click through everything. It's also extremely short: a skilled gamer can chew this up in an hour, but the quick end (and super-low price - I bought this at 4 CAD) prevents the game from feeling tedious and worth the money.

Also, I'd shoot the marketer who said "crazy" was a good descriptor for this game.

* Edited after completing the game.
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37 of 39 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 9, 2014
Crazy Plant Shop actually reminds me a little of Cook Serve Delicious in that "just one more day" sort of addictive way, except it's about efficiency rather than speed. The key is trying to offer your customers the most combinations of plants using the least amount of breeding stock (pedestal space in your store) and mating attempts (energy). It's a fun little casual game that is challenging enough to keep you coming back for more, but not terribly difficult or stressful.

The game uses scientific concepts and terminology, and features the use of Punnett square diagrams to determine the traits of the plants you are breeding to fill customer requests. It would be a great game for kids taking biology classes for the first time, but I think it's still pretty entertaining even for adults who are familiar with the science involved.

The artwork is cute, and the plants are interesting and varied. The music's appropriate, but the voice acting is pretty cheesy and gets repetitive and grating after a while.
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29 of 32 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 4, 2014
Not "crazy" but certainly adorable. The game centers around you being a plant shop owner and you breed plans to have certain traits and it's your basic genetics. It kind of took me back to those times where I had to fill in the squares with what traits would carry on and what not. It was really fun for the few hours I put into it, extremely cute with the nice graphics.

You carry out your day filling orders and breeding plants to make money to buy/unlock more plants and eventually the game ends when you unlock all of the plants and all of the traits. It was cute.

Reccomended for casual gamers or someone just looking for something to do for a few hours.
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33 of 45 people (73%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 24, 2015
This game was reviewed using a code sent by the developer.

Well, damn, I am learning while playing a video game...Crazy Plant Shop is a game based around the idea of breeding and growing plants to tell to your customers in your "Crazy Plant Shop". This game is actually used in school based environments because of the benefits and information it provides for teaching.

Essentially you get a customer who has a request for a certain plant. You then have to either purchase the plant out right from the plant catalog or you can breed the plant with your Super breeding machine "out back". When using the breeding machine you have to take into consideration dominant genes and recessive genes, as well as different genotypes and phenotypes combinations. While doing this you also use the Punnet squares, something which I have not seen since my secondary school days.

I can see why this game is used in schools, because there is so much information, each word that you may not be familiar with comes with an audio definition recording. I actually learnt quite a bit from this game, science wasn't exactly my strongest subject at school, and boy could I tell when playing this. I haven't managed to complete it. The aim is to actually buy all of the plants in the catalog within a 13 day time frame and not go bankrupt through paying rent everyday. I really struggled around day 8 or 9. You have to be really good at your breeding, and try not buy as many plants just to sell outright, at least that's what I figured out would be the best solution.

The graphics are very cute; the game can be played in a browser which I suppose is for the school environments that don't want Steam being installed on all their machines (understandably) , so we are not talking revolutionary graphics - it does its job to a very high standard.

The game actually has amazing voice acting; every character, and there are tons, have an awesome voice actor. It's actually on par with some AAA games if you ask me. It's amazing how good voice acting can have such a positive impact on any game.

Difficulty; like I said, I didn't finish Crazy Plant Shop, I am terrible at science so that didn't help. If you put a lot of hours into this game you will eventually beat it. I have seen people ten plus hours on this so it does have it's own fan base out there. Along with some very handy community made guides in the hub.

There are no technical problems which your regular player will run into really. The only issue I had was that I was not able to take screenshots either using Fraps or Steam, I assume because it doesn't use any DirectX engine behind it so it doesn't recognize it, who knows.

In conclusion, do I recommend Crazy Plant Shop? Well I suppose the best way of putting it is that I "don't Not recommend it". The game does it's job very well, it serves a purpose to teach the younger audience about breeding, genes etc, and it will do that! I will actually be showing this game to my partner who is a teacher to see whether it would be used in a classroom environment. I am not going to down-thumb this game because its not bad, it's just not going to be everyone's cup of tea who will be on Steam.

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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 4, 2014
Worth the price, if you're into light puzzle and/or science-y stuff.

Essentially, you spend a few hours manipulating Punnett squares to get the traits you want based on the requests of your customers. The gamer in me wanted more to do - randomization, mutations, etc, to get more longevity out the game. But again, it was worth the price.

Biggest flaw was the mediocre voice acting. Some of the characters were better than others, but some of the accents were noticeably fake, and one in particular was inconsistent and couldn't decide what it wanted to be.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 31, 2015
You should try this game out before judging it.
At first, I though this game is casual game like dashing game (Taking order and serve the customer quickly to earn points).
But turn out I'm wrong, to play this game you need to know the basic of biology (about breeding plants).
You have 12 days (13 days - 1 day tutorial) to run the store and at the end of each day you have to pay your rent.
You don't need to accept all orders from the customers, sometime it's wise to just reject the order.
By finishing this game you have learn yourself about Dominant - Recessive genes and some economic stuff like how to run a shop.

A game that is more to education and fun to learn deserve an appreciation.
I have finished the game and learn how to make a quality seeds.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 4, 2014
I like this game. It's cute, not crazy or hectic. The customers are patient which I like.
At first it can be a little challenging. I didn't know much about dominant and recessive
traits in plants but this game has a good little dictionary that explains many complicated
words so you'll learn while playing. The game is short but I don't mind. It was fun while it lasted.
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
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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