I still have fond memories of playing Plant Tycoon and Fish Tycoon on my Treo 650, as they were pretty perfect light simulation timer-based games that just seemed to work really well on the tiny touchscreen of ancient smartphones. Well, the Grow Brothers are revisiting that similar gameplay with Weed Farmer Homegrown [$2.99]. However, if like me, you assumed that Weed Farmer would be a super-simple game designed to prey on the same type of people who buy trucker hats at Spencer's, you'd be way off. As my first play session revealed, Weed Farmer seems to be surprisingly complex.

Cultivating your, err, crop, involves going through all the different stages of raising plants starting from germinating your seeds all the way up to ensuring maximum yield across 30 different plant varieties. You need to worry about bugs, fungus, hydration, and even nutrient deficiencies in your plants while you deal with your lighting, ventilation, and so much more- It's actually sort of intimidating.

Better yet, there's even a full online component which tracks multiple leaderboards for growers and even constantly backs up all of your data. Weed Farmer also has a shockingly active online community of players in their own forum to supplement the extensive guides and FAQs on how to play the game.

It'd be super-easy to dismiss Weed Farmer as just some dumb drug game, but it's totally not. Sure, the goal is to cultivate and sell marijuana, but I guess I never had reason to realize just how involved it all is. If you're in to simulation games, and don't mind the admittedly fairly strange subject matter, give Weed Farmer Homegrown a look.

  • randy gash smasher

    At least u don't get a stinky house with this grow. But fuck me I wana real crop not no cyber smoke that ain't going to contain thc.

  • toxiccheese

    It might be a good game, but its juvenile in concept. Is this made by potheads for potheads? Count me out.

    • http://twitter.com/SquaredApe Robert Cummings

      Potheads must be pretty smart to make a game.

      • MidianGTX

        They can run billion-dollar businesses... and governments. I think they can handle an iPhone app.

    • ImJPaul

      This was made by a bunch of genius for people who will see weed on anything and buy it. Surprised to hear this takes any amount of actual brain activity. I would say maybe this is a game that only makes sense when your high but then I remembered that I'm not a stoner.

      • Chester_Copperpot

        If you're so smart, why do you write so poorly?

      • ianlogsdon

        Drugwar style games aren't built for gang bangers, they are just another skin for the "space trader" style games that were so popular in the early 90's. Similarly this is a management game where you juggle the mechanics of running a growing op, and it appears to be extremely detail based. Its exclusively for stoners only as much as game dev story is just for game developers.

    • http://twitter.com/TouchedWieners Tyler Piderit

      I'm guessing you need a game about toxic cheese for toxic cheeseheads then.

      • toxiccheese

        Did you write this comment while you were high? LOL! Honestly, I guess there's a market for everything. This "game" just doesn't seem like an appealing subject matter to me.

  • DannyTheElite

    I still can't believe this got past apple.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Why? The GTA games that have been on the App Store for years now feature tons of drug references along with all the other, well, GTA things.

    • KenGriffeyIII

      This actually depicts semi-legal behavior in my state of Washington.

  • Josh Dombro

    Funny idea, how does the gameplay compare to the Tycoon games mentioned if you're not in it (only) for the weed references?

  • http://www.facebook.com/steven.reed.980 Steven Reed

    This APP is legal in Washington and Colorado!!!

  • KenGriffeyIII

    I'm down for a good simulation game, and in all honestly I'm no stranger to the sticky-icky, but this isn't a game I would want people to notice is on my phone lol. Doesn't exactly give the classiest impression. I'll probably still check it out though if there's actual gameplay to it.

    • monoclespectacle

      So Bar Oasis would be more acceptable or classy then? If the measurement of acceptability correlates to legality then I suppose I see your point.

      I ask this in the spirit of honesty. Not trying to pick a fight. There should be no shame for enjoying a naturally occurring substance and the culture that comes along with it. The same could probably be said of poppy but its embroiled in even more controversy due to it being a opiate.

      • monoclespectacle

        Also I do acknowledge your point that currently it is still viewed as unsavory to some. But that viewpoint has lost a lot of ground in my opinion.

      • KenGriffeyIII

        I live in a state where recreational marijuana use is now legal (WA). I take advantage of said law on a regular basis and I'm telling you most people still think "stupid stoner" when they find that out about me. It's a stupid thing for them to make a snap judgement like that but they do. That's what I'm saying.

  • witedahlia

    I bought this right away and I agree with this review. It's a very intensive management type game (and it is almost intimidating, there's so much to do). I'm personally not a weed smoker - depressants don't work for me - but the mechanics of this game really appeal to me. Very involving to say the least.

  • danny31004

    I need itunes giftcards... Already spent all =/
    But I'm afraid to buy it since my kids play on my phone... Lol

    • http://twitter.com/pdSlooper pdSlooper

      Why? You can use it as a springboard for talking to them about drugs. God help you if you let their peers or D.A.R.E. get to them first.

      • turakm

        TouchArcade: Come for the games, Stay for the parenting tips.

  • echo_pdx

    Sounds about right. ;)

  • Tatiana

    I think its a funny concept and sounds like a fun game. Apple said that it wouldn't allow games that were controversial or touched social issues on the App Store anymore (right a book or a song instead). Incredibly condescending towards games, but this game would probably fall in that category. Wonder if it'll end up getting banned? Seriously hope not.

  • Chris Morrison

    Interesting that this got through while Pot Farm from Eastside Games (it's big on Facebook) did not. Pot Farm is more humorous and less detailed, while this sounds almost like a primer for becoming a grower.

    Apple's approval process is truly scattershot when it comes to edge cases.

  • http://twitter.com/pdSlooper pdSlooper

    I'm kind of surprised/disappointed that so much of the response to this is "Must be terrible cuz potheads lol!"

  • MidianGTX

    I think it could actually be a fairly good simulation game, but I'm not digging the aesthetics at all. If it came across as a bit more professional and polished I'd snap it up.

  • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

    Hey cool, a weed game! That seems like fun! I've got to try it...
    (5 min later)
    Uh, what was I gonna do? I forget... :D

  • knowledge3754

    Looks good but I hate that it's iPhone only!

    • http://www.facebook.com/WlZLA Sam Wizla

      The makers of this game originally made it for Andriod, there are other versions of it too such as 'Overgrown'

  • Benegesserit

    That app icon is hideous

  • rabidnz

    This is a shitty timer game, been around for years. This is just a desperate cash grab port to Ios like 80% of the games are

  • Endscrypt

    No worries you'll make your money back ten-fold! It's a very accurate sim.