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Release: Dec 2011
Reviewed on: PC

The Flower Shop: Winter In Fairbrook

Site Score
8.5
Good: Great pacing – Multiple endings – Strong story
Bad: Taking care of plants feels disconnected from the game
User Score
9.6
(15 votes)
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The Flower Shop: Winter In Fairbrook is the second game in a series of visual novels developed by Winter Wolves. It has a free demo available from the official game website and was released in 2011.

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While the game ties in with the original game (The Flower Shop: Summer In Fairbrook) you do not need to play the original game. It definitely adds an extra layer of enjoyment though and if you plan to play both then it is better to start with Summer in Fairbrook.

The Flower Shop: Winter In Fairbrook builds on the gameplay of the original game with a focus on dialogue, story and player choice. Farming is no longer an aspect of the game with players instead growing flowers in the flower shop. Just like the first game in the series there are 9 unique endings that you can attempt to achieve with the ability to replay them again once they have been unlocked.

Players take control of Natalie after her first semester of college. Natalie’s parents decide that it is important for her to pursue a job while on her winter break and her roommate is able to set her up with a job in the flower shop.

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In The Flower Shop: Winter In Fairbrook you’ll take control of Natalie and plan her weekly schedule while also pursuing romances with one of four boys. Uniquely, Steve (the character that players control in the original game) is one of the possible romances.

The Flower Shop: Winter In Fairbrook manages to offer good game pacing which is often one of the weakest points in other visual novels. Characters also feel like they have their own personality giving the game world great realism.

Summary:

  • Plan your week, from working in the flower shop to romantic dates.
  • Try to unlock all of the different endings (9 in total).
  • Playable demo available.
  • Romance your character (Steve) from the first game.
  • Good pacing for a visual novel.

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The Flower Shop: Winter In Fairbrook, 9.6 out of 10 based on 15 ratings
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