Fantastic game. Love the artwork. What really put this over the top for me was the interaction with the environment and the fact that you can go back and forth in the story, so to speak, without having to start over.

Quick note to Amanda: Guess it's a good thing they're not tomatoes then, eh? ;)

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This is my favorite game! It got it all.

* creative idea
* nice game play / puzzles
* good artwork
* knows what its concept is, and does *THIS* really well.

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Beautiful and enjoyable game. Sprout really perfectly fits the grow theme both in a literal and figurative way!

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animejosse March 3, 2007 8:21 AM

This is my favourite so far! Lovely artwork, easy to understand what you're suppose to do, creative, and you're allowed to make mistakes.

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Am I the only one who thought it was a berry busy?

Lovely game by the way!

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le princesssss March 3, 2007 3:51 PM

Great game!
took me a little while, but i got it..darn bird!
haha good game good game!

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This one really is very good. A particularly important feature I haven't seen mentioned in the comments is the ability to pan forward. It's easy to get stuck in the details, I was about ready to give up near the end, but when I saw how close I was, I carried on.

I also like the forward/backward and mutliple-abilities business, that's very cool.

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i am stuck in the middle of the desert and nothing is working, and wheres this dam people are talkin about and the tree you have to knock over?

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Wow, thats a really lovely game. I loved all the soft colours and sketchy graphics.

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Hey, great game! This rocks!

Just wanted to test this :D

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I'm a webmaster and let me say that for me, at this time, we already have a winner...
...This game is very well thinked and design...

A bug

Such a moment in the game, when the fat bird is flying to his nest theres is already a bird is his position (a copy of him)!

A question

Does someone know if theres a way to interact with the catuar or its just there to make it pretty?

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I don't have any spoiler tags to give out but using them (if your not too bright...kinda like me) makes the game more fun and not super frustrating so it will make you take it out on your keyboard. Anyway....this game was awsome (of course I used spoilers!!)

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I have to say I love this game. More than anything else, it's like an interactive storybook. Simple to understand, despite the lack of instructions, and puzzling enough that you are entertained all the way through.

Have to admit I did laugh out loud when the bean sprout 'twanged' the big bird out of the picture...

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Marburg March 6, 2007 8:17 AM

Nice game! Entertaining.

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I don't understand what dam yall are talking about? the dam after the farmers plants the four seeds?

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Oh wow. This game gives me enormous squee. This one is definitely getting my vote. Elegant, simple, hilarious, and cute as hell. And no real way to screw up -- that refreshing little bonus more than balances out the relative lack of replay value (except to see the humorous bits play out again!).

The graphical style caught my interest right away. I love the artistic quality, drawn and layered. It reminds me of the little sticker storybooks that were very popular when I was a kid -- several pages of glossy backgrounds and scenarios, and a page or two of character stickers and accessories to put on the pages. Anyone know what I'm talking about?

And look! The little edamame (soybean) wants to grow up to be a brown bowling ball! *LOL* j/k

The way the bean would converse with other growable things reminds me of the conversational style in Tork. With the precious addition of *boingboing*, of course.

The natural and organic way in which the bean would be recycled made me laugh, and reminded me of a line from the movie "Man in the Iron Mask" ...

Porthos to Aramis, after Porthos tries to hang himself and ends up with his butt on the floor in the barn: "You sawed the beam! Admit it! Admit it!"


which made me laugh some more ...

"You pooped the bean! Admit it! ADMIT IT!"

*LOL*

The dusty-cloud actions (farmer picking fruit -- which look like persimmons to me, dam breaking, coconut falling into waterfall, etc.) make me think of PigPen from the Peanuts comic.

That blue and red bird is quite the pignacious. (No, that's not a real word, but I use it anyway.)

CATAPULT THE PIGNACIOUS!!!

I almost cried, laughing so hard at that one!

I can fault this game for only two things:

1) The end seemed a bit abrupt -- the moral of the story is that it is better to be an oak tree rather than a palm tree? (Or a soybean resting at the base of a palm tree, for that matter.)

2) There should have been more blue and red bird flinging by vine at the end. (: Maybe sending the bird all the way back to the beginning, to rest under the palm tree, to give the impression that a sequel is forthcoming.

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Great game. I absolutly LOVED the graphics.

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Aww... this game was adorable... and really relaxing...

i loved it

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Trang....tomatoes don't grow on trees...

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One of the coolest and most creative games I have ever played. I think I speak for quite a few of us when I say that we needed something like that to bring back our childhood logic. Great illustrations too!

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michael March 7, 2007 2:01 AM

this game is great just some advice

go back to the sheep part where the dam is and keep using coconut to break the dam

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This was the greatest game...i beat it without a walkthrough. Great drawings too!

I liked how the big red bird came back at the end.

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Well done Jeff! You have connected my like of flinging animals into the distance to rock and roll music.

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Astroxslurg March 8, 2007 11:34 AM

Very nice game, but i didn't like the dust cloud which came at certain times, like when (see spoiler for the rest)

the man picks up the berries.

because it looks much MUCH bether when you can actually see what happens not only cloud ;)
Keep up.

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geomaggamer March 8, 2007 12:41 PM

Wow
Out of all the games ive played lately that was definitely one of the best. I never knew that such a simple idea would make such a good game.
Top Bannana, and i want more!

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Ok, great game and stuff. But to the people who thought that was an apple tree or tomato plant... seriously, when was the last time you saw a bird eat an entire stinking apple? Seriously, wake up your senses or something. It is some kind of berry bush - raspberry or something like that. Birds decimate those things.

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BubbaMan March 8, 2007 10:01 PM

Great game!!! Easy but it still takes some thought. It was a brilliant idea.

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forevercands March 8, 2007 11:15 PM

I win! I win! I never win... That was goregeous and I got through a game for once! Yea, me! It was a great end to my crappy day. I felt like I was visiting a far away land, like I could see myself there and the cool thing is, if you win, I'll be able to share it with my twenty month old later on in his life! Thank you! (curtsy)

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Cary Richmond March 9, 2007 12:08 AM

Good game!! I finally figured it out. It was nicely done

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how you get past desert

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heeelp !
i cant get to open the game.
i want to play! : p

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Marie - try this alternate link

I set that up just for you (and for anyone else having trouble accessing the game for any reason.) =)

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Best game ever you should make more games like these!!!!

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great game

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BESTEVAGAME! March 9, 2007 12:44 PM

BEST EVA GAME!!

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aiks~ it's a nice game~ mm~

To pass the desert...

go back to the sheep place.. before the farmer and use the coconut to break it.. you need a few times~ ^^

enjoy!!

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Andrew B March 9, 2007 1:36 PM

The plant is a pomegranate. Lovely game, very cool visuals.

P.S. do you have pomegranates over in America?

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spencer March 9, 2007 1:56 PM

how to cross the river?

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So cool!!! I want a sequel with more plants, longer board, and maybe more than one seed so that they can interact?

Oh and Andrew...I can't believe nobody thought of pomegranates!! Yes we have them in the USA, but I don't think they grow here!! ...which explains why nobody knows what that bush looks like ;)

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cornie gibson March 9, 2007 5:02 PM

stellar game

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Spencer March 9, 2007 5:14 PM

I got it

make a coconut when you are under the log sticking out then go back up and jump the river.

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I knew it was a pomegranante the first time I saw it. I live in Oregon

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Beautiful to look at, addictive to play and leaves you feeling like you've been of great benefit to an ecosystem... What more could we ask of a Grow game? Lovely.

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Can anyone help me.. I don't know what to do in the desert..Please help:S

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I loved playing this game, and I even enjoyed replaying it just to show my husband how neat it was. We both really liked the fact that it's somewhat educational too, in that it shows you how plants use wind, water, and animals to move around and grow. Just a great little game

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this was one of if not the best game in the contest
it was deserving of first place
though I was hopeing gateway 2 would get the prize

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John Smith March 10, 2007 10:36 PM

I don't know how to get past the first sheep.

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This game is gorgeous! good good

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What an incredibly original little game!
Love the graphics!
Congratulations to the creator =)

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  • Coconut across the ocean.

  • Learn Dandelion.

  • Dandelion to the hill.

  • Coconut down the hill.

  • Learn Berry Bush.

  • Dandelion up the hill.

  • Berry Bush to move sheep.

  • Dandelion to sheep.

  • Dandelion to bridge.

  • Coconut bridge.

  • Dandelion to bridge.

  • Coconut bridge.

  • Dandelion to bridge.

  • Coconut bridge.

  • Dandelion to bridge.

  • Coconut bridge.

    Berry Bush for robin.

  • Coconut to waterfall.

  • Learn Vine.

  • Vine up cliff.

  • Berry Bush to robin.

  • Vine robin.

  • Dandelion to blue bird.

  • Berry Bush for blue bird.

  • Coconut down hill.

  • Coconut ledge.

  • Vine up ledge.

  • Coconut down hill.

  • Learn Acorn.

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Beautiful game! Congratulations! Now the inevitable-

I want MORE! :)

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This was GREAT game! I loved the graphics and the choices. Plus the little seed thing was cool! Good Job!

break the dam, avoid the desert

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Thank you all for your comments! As the little sprout would say; *boing* *boing*! Making this game was a ton of fun, and I'm glad so many people enjoyed playing it.

Huge thanks to Jay for creating this site, and bringing together such a great community of people. The links and reviews that jay and co. provide on a daily basis are really quite amazing. With so much stuff out there, this site's consistent quality and thoroughness is fantastic.

This contest was a great experience. I've always had lots of opinions about what makes games fun or not-so-fun, and this contest was the kick in the pants to finally "put up or shut up." The community on jayisgames is so open-minded, honest, and constructive that I knew if I put in the energy to do my best, it would be kindly received. So thank you all for being my inspiration, and giving me the confidence to do something a bit different.

I don't have any plans for a "Sprout II" just yet, but I'm sure one day the little green guy will tire of the crowded forest and dream of new exotic destinations. There's a whole world of adventures waiting out there!

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Amazing game, but bug:

The second time I played, when I tried to scare the bird off, it...just kind of sat there.

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The crowded forest to exotic destinations... it feels like as if one of those seeds want to go backwards in the storyline...

Quite addicting to see how the seedling and its plants interact with the environment, and it does have that imaginative flair thanks to the drawing styles. Good game to pass the time :).

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cute game! good job, Jeff Nusz.

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Amazing game, very addictive!

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Congratulations Jeff =D

I'm glad that so many people (including the jury) knew better than me and valued this game as the best. After reading the people's comments I must say that I was blind for number of things that made 'Happy Seed' to distinguish from other games. Now that I consider this game, I noticed that there are a lot of unique problem solving and learning.

P.S. I just noticed that I can scroll the view horizontally if I hold the mouse near the edge. That is nice :)

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Okay, clumsy me :(

I meant of course to say 'Sprout'. I scrolled up the page to check what was the name of the Jeff's game and as it happen there was 'Happy Seed' on Replay section.

Well, that would have been a good name for Jeff's game too if only it were not used already. That seed just must be happy :)

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I need help! How do you get passed the desert? Anyone?

[If you'd just take a look through some of the past comments, this question has been asked (and answered) several times already. - SiteAdmin]

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Evilwumpus March 16, 2007 6:15 AM

Bug: When I turned into a berry bush near the sheep, before I climbed over the hill, I wouldn't turn back. My guy just sat there with his fruit and I couldn't do anything.

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hi again. i posted a comment earlier. just wanted to thank jeff for a great game! by the way....

dont go into the desert, and be PERSISTENT

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hi. great game jeff.

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I GOT IT! Wow, an actual 'logic' puzzle that seemed logical to me.

What a fun and beautiful little game.

Absolutely my favorite from this batch of great entries.

Thanks Jeff for making a game that teased my brain without making me feel dumb :)

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Hi

Really great game, like the sounds, graphics and puzzles. I like the fact you have to be persistent and that you can go quite happily down the wrong path!

I found it really helped scrolling ahead to look at the terrain and then stopping and thinking about what I needed to do.

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postdog April 1, 2007 5:42 PM

what a beautiful game, I absolutly loved it! so cute! and I made it through the whole game by my self! jizez! hope more comes! love the idea of the little seed that doesn't know what it wants to be! adorable, and so cute ending when (read spoiler for rest)

it becomes the tree and the nuts fall off and all the different plants it had been grew up from them, just adorable.

by the way, what you people have been calling tomato plant, apple tree, berry bush, whatever is actually a pomegranate, it has big seeds inside mixed with the red fruit inside, tastes actually very good!

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What plant am i meant to be when i get to the desert? If i am a palm, the seed just stays there, if i am a flower, the seed blows back to the sheep and if i am a apple tree it burns, so what am i meant to do??? its a funny game but it frustrating when you have to backwards.
Please help me

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Excellent game! Ecological and educative… it would have to be placed for all the people in schools. Congratulations!

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The Tree/bush is a pomegranate bush/tree

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That was an amazing game!! The thing took me a few to figure it out but it was awesome!!


To break the dam... If you loook there was the stone bridge?? That is actually the dam... Keep becoming a Palm tree until it breaks...Hope this helps a lot!

This game was SO COOL!

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Ummm it wasnt bad...... could use a little more beef.but overall it was pretty good

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is there anything to be added to this?im kinda curious so somebody please post the answer.the game was fun.

to get through the desert roll over the dam at the farm with the coconut many times if you dont know....meh.

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maxmelee4 April 7, 2007 5:35 PM

hey are there any other games by this guy?the game calming,challenging,and best of all...fun!if so post it im interested

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Here is the complete walkthrough (Sorry Jay I forgot my typKey account info)

After the intro, click on the coconut to float across the sea.

Learn how to become a dandelion, then click on the dandelion to float inland.

Click on the Coconut to roll back down into the depression.
Learn how to become a fruit bush.

Choose dandelion to float back up.

Choose fruit bush to attract the sheep.
He'll go back to the top of the hill.

Choose dandelion and you'll get stuck on the back of the sheep.
He'll carry you back home when he gets called in to his pen.
If you turn into a fruit tree to make your way into the desert you will get fried. But you get stuck and have to float back, anyways.

Choose dandelion (Yes you're flying backwards!).

Click on coconut. See how you hit the dam? Repeat this process until the dam breaks. This will cause a river to flow into the desert (If you don't do this, you can't turn into a fruit tree in the desert, you just burn up).

Now you can successfully turn yourself into a fruit tree in the desert.
The bird flies down and eats you and 'drops' you off on the top of the cliff.

Choose coconut to learn how to be a vine.
Choose fruit tree. The bird on the left steals you away and puts you back at the top of the cliff.
Choose vine to fling him away.
Then choose coconut to float back over.

Choose vine to climb up, then choose fruit tree to let the smaller bird to the right eat you.

Choose coconut. You end up rolling back under the branch.

Choose coconut to push the branch up. Then choose vine, then fruit to get back to the top of the hill.

Choose coconut to fly across the water. Then choose acorn to win.

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Anonymous April 13, 2007 5:37 PM

they are pomegranates not tomatoes.

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i really was hoping that the cactus would give the seed something

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i have won it its sooo easy!!! it is cool with the birds and when we won its fun!

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how did the bird come back at the end....oh yea good job on the game

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so cute :)

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Very nice game ^_^;;

I love it how when you get the bean stalk option and you get to fling the bird lol.

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Great game!

Very relaxing.

Who needs spoilers?

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aww sooo cute

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omg lol what a great game!
this game got me through the most boringest adult party ever lol thx

i lovveee when the bird gets twanged out of the way C:

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jig10109ed July 20, 2007 9:56 PM

WALKTHROUGH!!!

Coconut, dandilion, coconut, dandilion, tomato (Whatever it is), dandilion [x2], coconut and dandilion [repeat 2 more times], coconut, tomato, coconut, peas, tomato, peas, coconut, peas, tomato, coconut [x2], peas, tomato, coconut, and acorn!

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loved it, very sweet and clever,if only more games were like that.

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Amazing little game. I hope to Jeff that you make a sequel if there is going to be my Add-ons would be...

More plants to tun into.

And a longer game.

also my regards to Lin for putting the SPOILERS!!!!!!1
But without them i would not have gotten through the game. Thanks. oh and one more thing HI

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Sproutfan July 24, 2007 1:15 PM

I thought the game was really cool because it was not just a little 1,2,3 and your done,but you actually had to think!

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An amazing little game indeed. I love the graphics. The only thing I could think of that would make it better was some music. But then one wouldn't hear the cute sprout-sounds. So perhaps I take that back. Hehe.

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Loved it. Wish I had persevered and not read the spoiler for getting through the desert as I just know I could have worked it out for myself.

would love to see more - same graphics and game style, with different but just as ingenious puzzles

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aww cute game lolsh

Lol i wanted to test it lolsh it works :D

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brilliant game!
and i managed it without using a walkthrough =]

i'm completely lying i'm rubbish at these so i used a walkthrough for most of it =]

oh yeah annddddd a bug

people have already said it but the first time the robin flies to get the berries another copy of him stays there.

and just because i like using them

i love it when the bird gets twanged into the distance =] i laughed out loud xD

great game xx

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Anonymous August 12, 2007 10:28 AM

I like the end tease of 'coconut'

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ab fab great game

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Very nice game, affectionate graphics and gameplay despite of very short story. I enjoyed it.

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this is a spoiler i guess.... just didn't know why the spoiler thingy wouldn't paste onto here

well anyways. i'm not sure if anyone else stated this yet but theres an easier way then taking a hour taking smacks at the dam, you can just turn into an apple tree outside the farmers house and then when he's done "plantin" you, you can turn into a coconut and roll into the desert~

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A very amazing and creative game!!! Lovely paintings and funny gameplay....

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It's not an acorn, it's an oak
It's not peas, it's a beanstalk

Great fun, if not frustrating ^_^

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I love this game it has great graphics and is an original!
;)

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Fantastic game! Beautifully animated. Fun play. Great for kids and adults. I just wish it was longer.

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Wow. This was spectacular. It deserved to win! So simple and yet with clever and satisfying puzzles that are indeed the nature of Grow! Woo!

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