Planet NoNaMe is a Russian Grow clone, and specifically a Grow Ornament clone as it is a bit dated with its Christmas and New Years holiday theme. Still, for anyone who adores the casual simplicity of this type of game—and judging by the results of the Best of 2005 feature, that's quite a lot of you—then you may enjoy playing this one, too.
Mediocre at best and not nearly as well designed and animated as the Eyezmaze games, Planet NoNaMe does however feature a story that most of the Grow games do not include. Unfortunately, the story that unfolds is unaffected by gameplay except when you max out all items, at which time the story is then complete. This game was created by CHiPi of Moscow.
With the tremendous popularity of the Grow games, it was only a matter of time before we began to see clones of its unique and original gameplay showing up on the Web. To my knowledge, there has been at least one other game inspired by the original Grow, a Windows-only downloadable game called Sandbox of God that was created with Game Maker, a free DIY Windows game development application created by Mark Overmars of The Netherlands. The game itself was created by Mr. Chubigans of VertigoGaming.net.
Sandbox of God comprises seven (7) eras from 1 million BC to 2100 AD. The game opens up to a virtually empty planet and provides many commands with which you can make it rain, drought, add animals, humans, etc., by clicking on icons one at a time. The order with which you choose commands will affect the outcome. The objective is to lead the human race into evolution and attain a high score.
I never did finish the Sandbox game, as it is considerably longer than all of the Grow games put together. However, from what I was able to observe the game appears to be a worthy download for the adventurous and Grow-game fanatic. A strategy guide is even available for those willing to take the plunge.
Does anyone know of others?