Parents' Guide to

Crazy Plant Shop

By Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Plant-shop sim slyly gets kids to learn and apply genetics.

Game Linux, Mac, Windows 2013
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This game tackles a fun and interesting topic: genetics. The lessons to be learned are completely integrated with gameplay. Kids are exposed to real science -- including Punnett squares -- but don't feel like they're studying. Instead, they're managing a shop along with collecting and breeding plants. With the cute graphics and educational play, kids can discover new varieties of plants and all the genetic combinations available.

Punnett squares are grids that are filled in with the genetic information from two crossbred organisms, which can be used to predict genetic outcomes for offspring. Kids can experiment with these, choosing specific or random outcomes, to end up with the desired types of plants to sell in their shop. The fictional plants add a fun element as well, with species such as Bunnyon, Catcus, and Fauxgloves, which are shaped like bunnies, cats, and gloves, respectively. This energetic game will keep kids engaged until the end.

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