Volume 15, Number 5
October 21, 2008

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alev dešimSimulation Plants

This week, I would like to talk a little bit about simple virtual reality games. A very successful example in this area is "Plant Tycoon." The developing company, Last Day Of Work, or LDW, has won several awards for this lovely game, such as PDArcade's "Best Simulation Game" and Game Freaks "Golden Award." Of course, for those of you who do not know the game, you may wonder what the fuss is all about. Well, in this game you grow plants and try to find the "Magic Plants" by combining different seeds. It's just like a virtual simulation of famed biologist Mendel's experiments. What's fun is that you actually have to raise money by selling the plants you grow. You also collect different bugs that occasionally pass through your garden. With the money you raise, you can buy proper tools, like soil, water filters, and more, to grow better plants and find the six magical plants.

degim1What I like about this game is that you really have to care of your plants. The game works in real time (you can speed the process up a little, but not too much!), so if you forget to give water to your plants, they die. This game has also gained parents attention and approval because it teaches users about the process of how plants grow and what happens when you don't water them, etc.

degim1I highly recommend this to any one who has an interest in such games. I think its worth trying. You can download a trial version from: www.ldw.com/pt/index.html. If you like it, you can buy it. I think that it's worth the money. So have fun!

Alev Dešim (COMD/IV)

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