Just a little more fertilizer will help this game reach its maximum potential.
The Nintendo DSiWare Store has seen plenty of rehashes and bite-sized versions of retail games, so it is always nice to see something different come along. Virtual Toys have been big supporters of bringing quality new experiences to the service, with games such as VT Tennis and Spaceball: Revolution already released. Their latest game is Hello Flowerz. While it might seem like a boring and uninspired concept at first, those who dig a little deeper will find a great simulation game.
In the game, players do practically everything involved in gardening from watering flowers to decorating a garden. It is a simple concept at heart that plays incredibly well. Whilst in their greenhouse, players can perform what is perhaps the most important task of all, making sure their flowers are growing properly. Statuses, such as whether or not the plants need to be watered, are provided for each flower, and players must try to correct problems by doing simple actions such as watering them.
After your flowers have grown to their maximum potential, they can then be transplanted into the garden. The garden can be decorated to suit your very own requirements, with things such as fences and accessories. Besides managing the garden, players can also make bouquets of flowers to enter in various competitions. By taking a few flowers from the greenhouse, it's possible to make a wonderful arrangement that will hopefully net a reward in the competition.
Hello Flowerz is one of those games such as Animal Crossing that needs to be played every day in order to get the most out of it. The game recommends you play every day to ensure that your players are growing fine and to make sure that they are getting enough water and sunlight. There isn’t a whole lot of variety here though, so for those looking for a game to play for hours on-end, Hello Flowerz is certainly not going to deliver.
There would be little reason to return to Hello Flowerz if there wasn’t any incentive to continue. Thankfully the game offers new flowers and decorations to players who stick with the game, giving players something to look forward to in future days, such as coming back to find out that they won the bouquet competition. Players looking for a great simulation game to play on a day-to-day basis will find Hello Flowerz very rewarding and enjoyable.
Hello Flowerz is a very laid-back game. It’s a game you will want to pick up for a few minutes and then put it away until tomorrow. If only there was a little more incentive to keep players playing for longer amounts of time, Hello Flowerz could have easily been one of the best pick-up-and-play games on the DSiWare service. Still, with the amount of content that is included, Hello Flowerz is a great way to relax and enjoy nature without having to dig flowerbeds and buy fertilizers and seeds.