The Flower Shop: Summer In Fairbrook

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Good
  • Multiple endings (9) allows for some replay value while also giving your decisions a sense of purpose
  • Fantastic character development underpins the unique mix of farming and dating sim
Bad
  • Farm aspect lacks depth compared to other systems and can often be tedious
  • General storyline and setting comes across as generic and rushed in parts
9

The Flower Shop: Summer In Fairbrook is the first game in The Flower Shop series of visual novels produced by Winter Wolves which aim to bring together the simulation genres of farming and dating into a single adventure. With the balancing act of farm and relationship management tied into your interactions with the game characters The Flower Shop: Summer In Fairbrook delivers something for which there are few alternatives.

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The Flower Shop: Summer In Fairbrook focuses the story around Steve who has recently split from his girlfriend and on a break from college after some poor grades.  Rather than staying in the local area players visit their uncle’s farm for the summer at the strong suggestion of their dad. While not Steve’s ideal plans for the summer his mood around the farm visit quickly turn around when he discovers there are four girls that present the opportunity for a romantic relationship.

With only a single summer to spend at the farm before needing to return home Steve’s time is your limitation and the primary mechanic of The Flower Shop: Summer In Fairbrook is how to effectively use it. With commitments to your uncle on the farm some of this is already locked away to players although does open up other avenues in gameplay by providing a source of income through crop sales.

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This farming simulation has all the usual mechanics one would expect with players in charge of purchasing of seeds, planting, watering and clearing the land of weeds although in comparison to the relationship simulation doesn’t quite offer the same level of depth or variety.

In addition players can also engage with a number of other college age appropriate activities that can boost your skills to help you in your romantic pursuits. These activities and others are also utilised as date opportunities with the potential girls allowing you to increase your relationship statistics while learning more about them through conversation. Depending on the relationships you pursue you can experience one of nine different endings which are saved in the archives to be viewed later which encourages you to try and collect them allflower-shop-summer-fairbrook-gameplay-market

If you find the overall concept appealing but wish to swap the gender roles then a sequel called Winter in Fairbrook is available which reverses the gender roles.

Summary:

  • Mixture of visual novel and farming game in a single college break adventure.
  • Produced by Winter Wolves who produce a number of visual novel and romance simulation titles.
  • Plenty of activities and dates to go on which boost your skills or increase your relationship status.
  • Multiple endings available with 9 possibilities to unlock and collect.
  • Available on a large number of platforms including free demos.

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Review Platform: PC

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Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 amassing over 3 million views on YouTube and 10 million article views on HubPages.

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