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The Botanist
Platforms: PC, Mac
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
Feb 13, 2017 @ 10:51am
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Every word is a seed
Every word is a Seed

In The Botanist, your seed collection is the most important part of your botany business. You can order up to 5 seeds a day, with any word that you can think of. You could order one with your name, a place, or whatever you like!

This word is used to define what the seed looks like, so no plant is random. For example, if I grow a seed called 'Botanist', and I tell you that it grows a cool green tree, you could order one in your game. Then when you plant it, you will get a tree that looks very similar.

Of course, not all plants grow in the exact same way, even of the same species. Different plants from the same seed may be taller, or have more branches, or take on different shapes.

This means that not only can you build a collection of plants that is great for you, but that you can share your best finds with friends!

Release date: Mid 2017
The Game

The Botanist is an optimistic game about growing plants, where every word in the world is a seed that grows a unique plant. It aims to bring people together through gardening.

You are let go from your job, with very little compensation and even less in the bank. You choose to see this as an opportunity. To finally take the time to try and reach your dream of becoming a botanist. Work hard and believe in yourself, and you can achieve your goals.

  • Complete customer requests and build your reputation, to try to become a professional Botanist.
  • Curate a seed catalogue all of your own, where every word will grow a unique plant.
  • Choose words that mean something to you. Your loved ones, pets, or favourite places.
  • Collect varied pots and vases to create displays that suit you and your clients.
  • Commemorate your favourite arrangements with your camera, and cherish the memories forever.

The Background

One night, in mid 2016, I (James Biddulph, Developer) couldn't sleep, so I got up and made a little garden simulator. I was stressed out, and living in the city, but nature and open, green spaces, always help to calm me down. I didn't think much of it at the time, but I made the game generate a random plant based upon a random word. It was super rough, and didn't look great, but I was just making it to take my mind off things.

I showed this little game to a few people, and it seemed to connect with them. I noticed that people would always do very similar things the first time that they played. They would type in their own name, their pets name, loved ones etc, to see what kind of plant would grow. It was amazing to see them connect the plant to the person. Maybe the plant was very chaotic and messy, which made them think of their cat, or tall and graceful like their partner.

I saw this happen with enough different people to convince me that I should turn this idea into a full game. I hope that it connects with more people, and maybe even helps you if you are having a hard time, like the original prototype did with me.
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stock.monkey Mar 2, 2017 @ 11:04am 
Greenlight to go with your green fingers!
Jamo Games  [author] Mar 2, 2017 @ 1:49am 
The Botanist is greenlit! A huge thanks to everyone who has supported the project so far. I will post an update with more detail as soon as I can
ThePunisher1028 Mar 1, 2017 @ 3:25pm 
Congrats on the Greenlight :)
Jamo Games  [author] Feb 27, 2017 @ 11:55pm 
Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the kind words! I have no idea if we will get the game onto steam before greenlight closes, but we shall see!
Gertrud_XD Feb 27, 2017 @ 11:15am 
Awwwwwwwwwww my kind of game!
Gertrud_XD Feb 27, 2017 @ 11:15am 
Looks great to me!
`';..;'´ Feb 27, 2017 @ 7:52am 
Looks kinda relaxing to me ^_^ Upvoted!
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SergioPoverony Feb 26, 2017 @ 10:59pm 
Great. !!!
Rurik Feb 26, 2017 @ 10:39pm 
Look strange and interesting!