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: Positive (39 reviews)
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
    • 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
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
The dominant and recessive genes system is really fun to play. Even if it's short, the price is low, so you really should try this game.
Posted: October 10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 23
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
well, takes about 1-2h to complete this game.

maybe more something for smaller kids, since its all the same most of the time.

far too easy since you just make 2 plants of each type which are heterogenous in all traits, so you can make every order of that plant out of that pair. takes about 5 minutes to figure out and then repeat for ~1h to win the game.

too simple for adults, but i think quite good for kids to learn some basics about genetics, would recommend for 6-10 year old kids.
Posted: October 23
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
I'm sorry, but I can't recommend the game in the current state. There just isn't enough content. The single lesson is quickly learned and what follows is just endless repetition of the same principal. The concept is good but needs a lot more expansion so that it can be considered a full game or even educational.
Posted: September 25
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
im gardener ♥♥♥♥♥!
Posted: October 16
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0 of 12 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Just not a good game - waste of money.
Posted: October 3
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2.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 23
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0.6 hrs on record
I'm a plant pimp, what's not to love? :D
Posted: October 24
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59 of 64 people (92%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 4
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31 of 32 people (97%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 9
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27 of 29 people (93%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 4
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 4
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 4
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Cute, small, well made, puzzle like game. Was meant to be educational, but even though I'm not a child I thoroughly enjoyed it. Works both as an educational game about genes and a cute flower shop puzzle game :)
Posted: August 4
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
This game is definitely worth it, especially since it's on sale right now.
I beat the game fairly quickly (it only lasts 13 "days"), but I replayed it about 5 times, so that's gotta say something.

The good:
-The animation is nice
-The music/sound effects are good
-It's definitely worth the $4.99 (even better if it's on sale)
-The characters are fully voiced
-It's very cute
-It's mildly educational, I definitely know more about genetics than I did when I started, and I already new a little going into it.
-The customers are very patient, you can take all day to serve one if you really want.. however, you won't get a new one unless you accept the current one.
-You can check your orders at any time (in case you forgot exactly what plant was needed) and even change which one is your "active" order.
-You can upgrade your shop with a few different improvements
-Steam trading cards, and achievements.

The bad:
-It can be a little confusing at first, especially if you're not familiar with simple genetics
-The voice acting isn't the greatest (but at least it exists)
-The dialogue (I use the term loosely) gets repetative, and I definitely found myself skipping through what people were saying, and just reading the quick tool-tip about what the order was that I needed to fill.
-The tutorial doesn't explain some of the game mechanics, such as switching which order you're currently working on (a minor problem, but it did cause me a few issues)
-The competitions you can enter have the same requirements every play-through, so if you have already won it once you can just do the exact same thing next time, and you know you'll win again.
-There's no endless mode, or survival mode, or whatever you want to call it. So once the 13 days are up, you have to restart from the beginning if you want to keep playing.

All-in-all this game was well worth the money, and the flaws were very minor. If you're a fan of tycoon-style games you'll most likely get some fun out of this, though it's definitely a lot more calm than some of those types of games. It would be very nice if there was an endless mode after you've beaten it, but even playing from the beginning again is fun, especially since it's fairly quick to play through the 13 days.
Posted: August 5
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Learn all about dominant and recessive genes by breeding adorable plants. (Who knew plants could meow or make music!) I admit I had to start the game over quite a few times before I figured out exactly what I needed to do to win. And the game really needs a "skip tutorial" option. Also, once you have a handle on things, it doesn't take that long to beat and grab all the achievements. With that said, I still recommend Crazy Plant Shop. It's cute, it's fun, and it's addictive. Even with all the achievements under my belt, I'm sure I'll still come back and play this again.
Posted: August 12
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
This game is cute and charming. People come in and order plants, and you have to satisfy the orders by breeding plants with certain traits. You have a limited amount of energy and money to spend each day. For some reason all of the characters are either southern or German. Some of the accents are really corny, but overall I liked the game. Would recommend as a light diversion for adults or an educational game for kids.
Posted: August 7
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
The good
  • Soft, relaxing and overall pleasant graphics
  • Good voice acting
  • Simple enough to be enjoyed by kids

The not-so-good
  • The game is very short, it may be dashed trought in less than 1 hour
  • Even taking your time it will hardly last more than 2-3 hours
  • The ability to select the allele outcome of each gene when breeding kinda defies the educational purpose of the game
  • The ability to refuse customer orders, coupled with the infinite customer line, means you can just skip trought them to get the most profitable ones
  • No way to keep a pair of every unlocked plant by the endgame, due to low avaiable space (even with all the upgrades purchased)

The bad
  • No replay value. Even if you go achievement hunting you will likely get everything done in 2 playtrought
  • No manual, many things are left unexplained (IE: the effect of upgrades)
  • No reason to keep playing untill the fatidic day 13 after you unlock everything (and i made it by day 9 in my first playtrought)

Overall
The game is fun, relaxing and can be freely shared with kids as a very barebone introduction to mendelian genetics
The bad points can be condoned considering the very low pricetag.
Posted: August 5
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
The game is what is it advertised about plants. In this game you are a plant shop owner which anyone who is anyone hangs out. The object is to help these needy customers and genetically breeding a plant that is exactly to there specification. Sounds pretty simple? Well, the game keeps getting harder and more complicated to get these little plants the way you need them.

The problems I have with this game is some of the discriptions are ridiculously vague. Which, I feel should not be since the game becomes so complicated. There is never enough space to put all your "breedable" plants which gets annoying.

I think the best thing by far is the fact you are not timed creating your plants. You very lovely customers will literally wait all day for you to make them their plants. You do have a limit of uses per day though, and you can increase it if you want to shell your hard earned gold. After a few plays through you start memorizing things and it gets pretty easy. It's just putting in the time. Overall it's quite enjoyable.
Posted: August 5
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
This is a fun game if you enjoy puzzles and figuring things out. It is challenging to know which plants to keep in stock and which ones will make what you need to complete an order. Even after purchasing extra pillars from the catelog you will only have a certain amount of shop space for plants. I enjoyed playing it and it is a very cheap game for entertainment. :)
Posted: August 9
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