Is there such a thing as a computer game to simulate gardening? Which of
you remember the computer games 'Sim City' and 'Sim World'?
Sim Garden or anything like it would be good , either internet based or PC
based? My wife currently doesn't have access to a garden and she is
getting very twitchy about it!
Please help. Thanks.
I can't remember where but someone used to have a small real garden ( a
couple of metres square ) with a robot arm in the middle. You could make the
arm do the weeding and watering etc. over the internet.
More usefully, I'd look at something indoors - a terrarium/bottle garden or
a few window boxes maybe ...
Martin & Anna Sykes
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Well, The Sims has some gardening in it. Plant flowers, and don't hire a
gardener, or water them yourself, and they die. The Unleashed expansion
pack added vegetables gardens that you need to weed and water, and then
you can harvest them, and save money on your grocery bills.
Compared to how someone who "gardens" views a garden, it's pretty
unrealistic, but it comes close to simulating how non-gardeners view
their landscape, and now vegetable gardens.
Hmmm.... I wonder if a Sim game focusing on gardening would be
commercially viable. Gardening isn't exactly rock 'em, sock 'em action,
but those goofy virtual pets had their day in the sun a couple of years
My daughter is always sending me new downloads to add to the Sims. One
of them was a clover patch. After making a nice little clover lawn, I
discovered there were leprichans living in it. They will sneak in your
house and steal anything they can carry away.
When your yard is snow covered almost any yard will be fun to play in.
There was Sim Farm, which I found a little off-putting because it
seemed to concentrate on equipment and buildings, and didn't allow
for, say, small plots of designer veg. "Ever Growing Garden" was a
'game' for 3-8yr olds, but mildly amusing.
For a no-garden challange, she might try culinary sprouts (alfalfa,
mung bean, broccoli, etc.). Or windowsill herbs -- instead of digging,
watering & weeding, one could be occupied racing around a house to
capture sunlight. Forced bulbs compact a growing season into a few
weeks. Miniature gardening in fish tanks and the like is a
There was a really cute game from Mediavision (came bundled with sound card
and cd-rom kit) where you could plant and harvest stuff (corn, tomatoes,
flowers, etc). You could also grow topiary bushes and cut them into fun
(preset) shapes. The was also a whack-a-gopher game with it. But unless
your wife is five years old, she probably wouldn't get more than couple
hours of entertainment out of it.
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