flowerWhen Noel Llopis of SnappyTouch first emailed us a preview of his upcoming iPhone application Flower Garden [App Store], my response to him was "it doesn't quite look like a game."

What that was technically accurate, the app does fall into the same sim/virtual pet type experiences that have boosted "toy" apps such as Koi Pond and Pocket God to the heights of popularity in the App Store. We finally met Noel at GDC 2009 and thought his app was something special and so we decided to highlight it here.

Noel's Flower Garden app is just that -- a virtual flower garden in your iPhone. You can plant different types of seeds, water them and watch them bloom. Some flowers bloom immediately, while others may take some care over time. Once you have a collection of flowers, you can even cut them and send them to your friends in an electronic bouquet.

There's no real goal to Flower Garden, though there are various seeds you can unlock as you grow more flowers. The video shows the impressive level of detail offered in the app (though the music is not included):

Future updates include the possibility of cross-pollination to create your own flower hybrids.

App Store Link: Flower Garden, $2.99

  • Jim

    Ahh, ha ha. Secret locked flowers. That just made my day. :)

  • Jim

    Ahh, ha ha. Secret locked flowers. That just made my day. :)

  • mrbass

    iBonsai it reminds me of but I couldn't get into that app either. Still think cutting the flowers should be squeezing with your fingers on stem of flower instead of tapping flower and choosing scissors.

  • mrbass

    iBonsai it reminds me of but I couldn't get into that app either. Still think cutting the flowers should be squeezing with your fingers on stem of flower instead of tapping flower and choosing scissors.

  • Xyba

    Would be a nice tool for sending a message with flowers. Too bad im running low on budget so i hope there will be a sale soon =D

  • Xyba

    Would be a nice tool for sending a message with flowers. Too bad im running low on budget so i hope there will be a sale soon =D

  • DieseliPhone

    I like these kind of apps, but missed the introductory sale of $1.99. I had no idea this was even available. It would probably be an impulse buy at .99, but $2.99 would get me WildWest Pinball; so . . . AppSniped for the moment.

  • DieseliPhone

    I like these kind of apps, but missed the introductory sale of $1.99. I had no idea this was even available. It would probably be an impulse buy at .99, but $2.99 would get me WildWest Pinball; so . . . AppSniped for the moment.

  • http://www.imangistudios.com Kshep

    I was fortunate enough to beta test FlowerGarden. I'm totally addicted to it and I still check on my flowers on a regular basis to water them. It's definitely soothing and fun. My wife loves it when I send her virtual flowers, always makes her smile. Definitely worth it!

  • http://www.imangistudios.com Kshep

    I was fortunate enough to beta test FlowerGarden. I'm totally addicted to it and I still check on my flowers on a regular basis to water them. It's definitely soothing and fun. My wife loves it when I send her virtual flowers, always makes her smile. Definitely worth it!

  • Gee!

    They should incorporate the "hologram" trick that the "Ballerina" app uses. That's a very cool, yet under-used trick.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8fZcLFwBPg

  • Gee!

    They should incorporate the "hologram" trick that the "Ballerina" app uses. That's a very cool, yet under-used trick.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8fZcLFwBPg

  • ringring

    hey, who needs carjackstreets?!

  • ringring

    hey, who needs carjackstreets?!

  • Jeremy

    The music was one of the best parts of the video! Does anyone know the title of the music?

  • Jeremy

    The music was one of the best parts of the video! Does anyone know the title of the music?

  • http://snappytouch.com Noel

    Hey everybody, this is Noel, the author of Flower Garden. Thanks for the comments!

    @Gee: The Ballerina video is awesome! I hadn't seen it before. I was thinking of adding something a bit like Word Fu that changes the camera slightly with the iPhone position. Right now the flowers react to gravity if you tilt it or shake it.

    @Jeremy: The music was composed and played by my fiancee when she was with an earlier band. You can see her latest stuff in her myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/amyshamansky

    I originally didn't include a music soundtrack because I thought the nature noises would be better since you use Flower Garden just a couple of minutes at the time. Would there be some interest in including that track as optional music in a future upgrade? Also, Flower Garden will detect that you're playing your own music and only play sound effects while your music continues to play.

    Feel free to post any more comments here or in the Facebook Flower Garden group. Thanks.

    --Noel

    • Spek

      I would buy this game if it was a little more interactive. Gesture based controls like pinching the scissor as someone suggested would give the game a more interactive simulation feel. I think you could take that even further to zooming and digging holes, planting each seed, and covering them in dirt again. Great graphics and good start though. It does look soothing.

    • Jeremy

      I certainly think the option of the soundtrack would be a welcome option. The music added a wonderful backdrop to the video.

  • http://snappytouch.com Noel

    Hey everybody, this is Noel, the author of Flower Garden. Thanks for the comments!

    @Gee: The Ballerina video is awesome! I hadn't seen it before. I was thinking of adding something a bit like Word Fu that changes the camera slightly with the iPhone position. Right now the flowers react to gravity if you tilt it or shake it.

    @Jeremy: The music was composed and played by my fiancee when she was with an earlier band. You can see her latest stuff in her myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/amyshamansky

    I originally didn't include a music soundtrack because I thought the nature noises would be better since you use Flower Garden just a couple of minutes at the time. Would there be some interest in including that track as optional music in a future upgrade? Also, Flower Garden will detect that you're playing your own music and only play sound effects while your music continues to play.

    Feel free to post any more comments here or in the Facebook Flower Garden group. Thanks.

    --Noel

    • Spek

      I would buy this game if it was a little more interactive. Gesture based controls like pinching the scissor as someone suggested would give the game a more interactive simulation feel. I think you could take that even further to zooming and digging holes, planting each seed, and covering them in dirt again. Great graphics and good start though. It does look soothing.

    • Jeremy

      I certainly think the option of the soundtrack would be a welcome option. The music added a wonderful backdrop to the video.

  • stevearm

    Noel, beautiful music, please include it as an option in a future update, it works perfectly with the app. Assuming I'm not the only one who thinks that'd be a good idea :)

    Great app!

  • stevearm

    Noel, beautiful music, please include it as an option in a future update, it works perfectly with the app. Assuming I'm not the only one who thinks that'd be a good idea :)

    Great app!

  • Michael

    @Noel: Definitely include the music (please!)! :) While watching the video, the music totally set a mood for me, and gave another level of emotion. I think the flowers themselves are emotional (gardening, etc), but the music was beautiful, and I definitely would love to hear it in a future update. Thanks!

  • Michael

    @Noel: Definitely include the music (please!)! :) While watching the video, the music totally set a mood for me, and gave another level of emotion. I think the flowers themselves are emotional (gardening, etc), but the music was beautiful, and I definitely would love to hear it in a future update. Thanks!

  • Xyba

    Yea the music really sets in well and gives a surreal feel! Would definitely buy it if its cheaper and theres more interactivity there!

  • Xyba

    Yea the music really sets in well and gives a surreal feel! Would definitely buy it if its cheaper and theres more interactivity there!

  • Oliath

    This is a beautiful app. I love it.
    Its one of those toys you play with headphones and it really relaxes you.
    It can get quite fiddly too when you have unlocked lots of flowers and have a few on the go.
    My girlfreind loves it that i keep sending her bunches of flowers too as she knows that i have spent time growing them myself :-)
    Very good thing to have on your phone to help wind down to at the end of the day.

  • Oliath

    This is a beautiful app. I love it.
    Its one of those toys you play with headphones and it really relaxes you.
    It can get quite fiddly too when you have unlocked lots of flowers and have a few on the go.
    My girlfreind loves it that i keep sending her bunches of flowers too as she knows that i have spent time growing them myself :-)
    Very good thing to have on your phone to help wind down to at the end of the day.

  • http://snappytouch.com Noel

    The response here and through email has been overwhelming: Everybody wants that song in Flower Garden! :-) So I will definitely include as an optional soundtack in the next update, which should be available in the next couple of weeks.

    In the meanwhile, I've put up the mp3 as a free download on the Flower Garden web site: http://www.snappytouch.com/flowergarden_videos

    Enjoy!

    • Xyba

      Wow thanks for the song download!! Lovely song for a lovely app

  • http://snappytouch.com Noel

    The response here and through email has been overwhelming: Everybody wants that song in Flower Garden! :-) So I will definitely include as an optional soundtack in the next update, which should be available in the next couple of weeks.

    In the meanwhile, I've put up the mp3 as a free download on the Flower Garden web site: http://www.snappytouch.com/flowergarden_videos

    Enjoy!

    • Xyba

      Wow thanks for the song download!! Lovely song for a lovely app

  • stevearm

    Noel, that's great news. Thanks for including that beautiful piece of music in the next update. It'll definitely improve an already excellent app.

  • stevearm

    Noel, that's great news. Thanks for including that beautiful piece of music in the next update. It'll definitely improve an already excellent app.

  • Wendy

    I love this application, as I love flowers, and tending to my own real gardens! I do agree that it would be nice to have some additional features though...I agree that a more interactive feel would be nice, such as the pinching for the scissors, planting the seeds etc...I also think that we should be able to have additional outdoor gardens, when you purchase the full application you are given one, and then you can buy an additional one in the flower shop, but thats it. I think we should be able to have the capacity for several more gardens. It would also be nice to have more flower seed collections, as most of the excitement comes from unlocking new seeds! I think the ability to have hybrid flowers by cross planting our own seeds would be amazing too. I really like the nature backround sound the application comes with, its very realistic and soothing. I think another nice touch would be some butterflies or hummingbirds fluttering around the pots while we are watering them or even just viewing them! There are so many ways to really pump up this already beautiful, soothing and fun application, and I hope that some of these ideas will be considered!!

  • Wendy

    I love this application, as I love flowers, and tending to my own real gardens! I do agree that it would be nice to have some additional features though...I agree that a more interactive feel would be nice, such as the pinching for the scissors, planting the seeds etc...I also think that we should be able to have additional outdoor gardens, when you purchase the full application you are given one, and then you can buy an additional one in the flower shop, but thats it. I think we should be able to have the capacity for several more gardens. It would also be nice to have more flower seed collections, as most of the excitement comes from unlocking new seeds! I think the ability to have hybrid flowers by cross planting our own seeds would be amazing too. I really like the nature backround sound the application comes with, its very realistic and soothing. I think another nice touch would be some butterflies or hummingbirds fluttering around the pots while we are watering them or even just viewing them! There are so many ways to really pump up this already beautiful, soothing and fun application, and I hope that some of these ideas will be considered!!

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