Plant Tycoon Review

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Graphics: 5.5
Sound : 8.0
Gameplay : 6.5
Multiplayer : N/A
Overall : 7.0
Review by Chris Liu
An adrenaline fueled thrill ride that’s sure to leave you shaking in your seat.

None of these are words that I will use in the description of Plant Tycoon. Ha ha, yes, comically misleading statements. Welcome to my style.

Plant Tycoon comes from Last Day of Work® (LDW), an independent game studio specializing in sophisticated casual games for the mainstream player. (That’s straight off their press release, by the way, I generally don’t run to that sort of promotional gibberish.) What can I say about this game? It is exactly what it sounds like: you are a tycoon of plants. Before you get any ideas about becoming a captain of industry, let me make it clear that we’re not talking about auto plants or power plants or, I don’t know… toy plants, we’re talking about flowering plants. The basic goal is to grow up flowering plants, harvest their seeds, sell said plants in your nursery, and use the seeds to grow more plants.

I know, with this level of excitement you’re already rooted in your seat. HA, “rooted”!

Along the way you can spend your hard earned cash to upgrade various aspects of your hothouse and nursery to make both growing and selling plants easier and more profitable. Cross breeding plants also leads to more profitable species, with the ultimate goal of breeding the rare “magical species.” If you have an itch to express your fast twitch skills, you can use the hand net to catch the insects that flutter and crawl about your hot house; they too can be sold for money.

Once you’ve got something to sell, you can toss it out into your nursery for sale. People are attracted to your nursery by the attractive upgrades which you bought, of course, and if plants are on their mind they’ll buy. They’re strange people, by the way, one guy came into my nursery and judging by his thought bubble he wanted a Honda Prius. He left with the guy who came to a nursery looking to buy a cup of coffee. Those with an urge for designer landscaping plants will mill around and do this weird dance where they look like they need to go to the bathroom. Hopefully the “Number Two Dance” will result in the purchase of one of your lovely plants.

Would I recommend this game to you? Not unless you have a fascination with horticulture. If you’re a big fan of plants you’ll probably get some enjoyment out of the turtle-like progress of watching plants grow. While the plants generally take hours to grow to maturity and hours more to produce viable seeds, the game has a strange mechanic in which the plants will continue to progress even when the program isn’t running. Don’t ask me how this is done. I suspect voodoo witchcraft. Plant Tycoon is the ultimate niche game in some ways. If you have a green thumb in real life and an endless supply of patience you’ll enjoy this game; I suspect both are required. If you’re the type who is willing to play a game for five minutes and then forget about it for eight hours, you may also enjoy this game. I imagine the person who will get the most out of this game is the type who keeps a notebook by the computer to track progress and was fascinated by the tale of Gregor Mendel. If you don’t know who Gregor Mendel was, don’t worry, it means you don’t need to own this game.