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Alice Greenfingers 2

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Farmer extraordinaire Alice Greenfingers is back, applying TLC to her lazy Uncle Berry's neglected farm. In this sequel to the popular agriculture-and-market simulation game, Alice grows new crops and sells them at the farmer's market. Visually updated, with slightly different gameplay, Alice Greenfingers 2 will appeal to fans of the first game without confusing new players.

As in the first game, you can't really lose. The worst you can do is earn trophies slowly. The basics of the game are the same: Plant crops, harvest crops, sell crops. However, Uncle Berry sets specific tasks (such as sales goals and dandelion weeding) for Alice, making it feel more like a story and making the gameplay a little more linear. One innovation is that at the end of each day, you choose between various power-up rewards: a cash bonus, increased farm space, a free ad in the local newspaper, unlocking items in the store, and so forth.

Another big change is in the farmer's market. You can still click patrons' heads to see the fruits and veggies of their dreams, and you can slowly increase the number of different crops your booth will hold. However, the prices stay the same unless you use a power-up to increase them. This is a big change from the market fluctuations in the first game. Now you can just dump off your crops and head back to check on your chili peppers and your bee hive. It's like the Harvest Moon console games, but without all the stressful relationship issues.

All in all, Alice Greenfingers 2 is a pleasant diversion. It's easy to learn and, with patience, easy to win. The fun comes not just from winning, but from customizing your farm with efficient planting patterns and pretty decorations. If you liked the first game, Alice Greenfingers 2 is similar enough to please while being different enough to be worth the money.

--Laura Blackwell

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At a Glance
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