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Updated: 2015-09-16T20:16:14.461+03:00


Plantasia - Magical Micromanagement


Combining click-fest puzzle games with lighthearted business micromanagement must be the new craze between independent game developers ever since Diner Dash established it's profitable restaurant, and all those variant games were expected to follow suit quickly. This time you won't be selling coffe or booze, nor fetching steaming-hot pizzas, but will root you into the shoes of a gardener of a magical garden. Plantasia, developed by by Diner Dash creators GameLab and published by Playfirst, tells the story of Holly, GameLab's favourite fairy that is featured in many of their games. She is pretty, smart but most of all willing to fulfill her destiny as a wish-granting fairy. Arriving at a magical garden where she can finally make her dream reality, Holly end up up offering her services to Jake, a depressed, moody, arrogant writer who can't even take care for himself, not to mention the huge mansion and it's rundown jungle-like garden. When she makes her wondrous offer to him, it is met with a snappy "go fix the garden and leave me alone!". Desperate not to wreck her first wish-assignment, Holly grabs a shovel, a watering can and a handful of seeds and promises to save the magical flowers and win the affection of the sombre fellow.The gameplay is fairly simple, extremely repetitive and the more the player advances into the level, the more tedious and frustrating it becomes because it challenges your abilities to multitask. Each level presents a rough garden patch, covered with rocks which you can remove with your shovel, then dig a hole into the hard land. You can drop a seed into the dug hole if you have any - you are granted only a handful and have to purchase more additionally. Plants take about half a minute to bloom and offer magical mana - one click on them and the mana will be added to your resource pool. Plant seeds also have colors - up to six colors at later levels - and if you group several flowers together by color, you can win extra points by gathering their magical mana at once. Each five minutes each plant needs to be watered otherwise it will not provide blossom, and with time will wither and die. On later levels, larvae and bugs will pester your garden so use thoso "Odeour De'Bug" sprays on them to make sure they are gone for good. Once you gather a sizable amount of mana, you can use it for three purposes - buy extra seeds so your garden grows, upgrades of the various tool you have (more shovels, watering pots, anti-bug sprays, etc.) or save and accumulate them to reach the goals of each level. There are two types of goals on each level - basic and expert. Basic goals let you progress in the game, while expert goals unlock special features in the "Challenge" mode, where you basically grow your garden against the clock and pay for extra time with constantly increasing costs until the price-inflation simply crushes your once-profitable gardening business. A good rule of thumb is to not overspend your points on tool upgrades but concentrate on flowers instead - the first levels do not require an extreme expansions but latter levels become very challenging within the time constrains and you need as many flowers, interconnected by color and squeezing maximum profit in your glowing mana pot.Plantasia is one of those games that look at first exciting, rich in variety and with complicated gameplay for a casual game, but as you progress through a couple levels, you quickly discover that the garden management gets out of hand too easily. Taking care of a dozen blossoming flowers flashing on the screen for mere seconds, another dozen crying desperately for water while your limited watering pots can cater for only a small fraction of them at a time, and a couple of worms chewing their distant neigbors is a good way to get either a headache or polish those multitasking skills that are so important in stressing situations. And if that's not enough, the level of difficulty hikes up too early giving you no more than an hour or two of pleasure before it's time to start sweating. Yet even if you find the challenge to be too[...]

Howdies, Casual Folks...


Hello there,

You have discovered yet another blog about gaming, and PC-oriented gaming in particular. But unlike the vast majority of weblogs that concentrate on the hardcore gamer in us, who spends hundreds of hours monthly over the latest and greated of digital entertainment, this blog is for the weird creature that is the "casual gamer". The casual gamer is a breed of gamer who take their games lightly, who has little time to spend in front of monitor and seeks to spend them with pleasure rather than challenge and dedication. Those are people who are more likely to be attracted to simple gameplay and new and original concepts rather than the latest marketing hype, complicated gameplay and thousands of hours worth of online grinds. Althought tastes differ, their favourite games seem to range from classic puzzle games to weird sandbox titles, and they are the type of gamer who would never discriminate a title for offering less-tha'-stellar graphics for the high-end machines, and would pay attention to even a miniscule Flash game. But no matter how much is written about the growing wave of casual gamers, few websites manage to capture that audience. They try to push the latest and greatest, unaware that they often overwhelm the casual gamer. In order to right what's wrong and fill that void, I've decided to start a small blog where I will discuss, provide links to and generally write about casual games, gaming and gamer lifestyle where appropriate. I might occasionally dive into hardcore gaming but you'll have to excuse me, for it is one of the professional distortions of a game reviewer. More of that, below.

Starting a blog is like initiating a conversation - always a good thing is to introduce yourself, although I will do this as boastful as possible. My name is Apostol Apostolov, a 27 years old professional proudly wearing a "casual gamer" badge. I have seven years of experience as a game magazine reviewer for two Bulgarian gaming magazines - Gamers' Workshop and currently working for GamePlay. I also work as a makreting consultant and a translator for the leading Bulgarian comic book publisher and toys distributor Artline Studios Ltd, publishers of Todd McFarlane, Dark Horse, Cartoon Network and soon many others. Last year I have graduated from Veliko Turnovo University with a Law diploma and am making my first steps towards a Law career. Into the realm of hobbies, I am one of the first advocates of the roleplaying hobby in Bulgaria, having started back in 1999 the first two Bulgarian RPG websites that spread the word of the hobby in the country, as well have worked for the establishment of the Bulgarian roleplaying community. Other than that I have interests in game design, especially tabletop and card games, writing, drawing (although you better not see what I actually draw), and spending countless hours in front of the computer swimming into the vast sea of information - a rather unhealthy lifestyle, but a satisfying one.

With this introduction I will let you continue reading the rest of my blog. As time passes, more material will gather that you might find interesting so if you have the time, dive into the archives of my blog. And if you find something interesting, don't hesitate to leave a comment as I read them all and answer were appropriate. Or, well... click on those black advertising links that happen to be all the rage these days. You know you won't regret it... much.