In this delightful online game, you create and save flower
hybrids. Cross-breeding flowers with Rare Breeds: Petunia is a
simple way to enjoy gardening without having to delay
gratification. A pleasant piano and birdsong soundtrack adds to the
Select “Create a Garden,” the game presents you with five
blossoms of differents shapes, sizes, and colors. Click and drag
one to the round dish above, and you grow half a dozen
From here, you can cross-breed for the traits you like. Rare
Breeds: Petunia gives you two dishes in which to place two
different flowers. Select any two of them, drag them to the dishes,
and enjoy the results. You can do this as many times as you like.
In one game, I started with two different purple flowers and ended
with a striking pink-streaked gray bloom. In another, I crossed the
same nodding white blossoms until blue came up, then selected for
shape until I had brilliant aqua blooms in a seashell shape.
When you find a pleasing combination, you can drag your cultivar
to the “flower doctor” represented by a crossed shovel and rake.
This saves the flower’s “genetic code” to your clipboard so you can
save it offline. Later, you can start new gardens with your floral
masterpieces. It might be fun to start a new garden with two saved
flowers–not just one–but that’s more of a wishlist item than a
Rare Breeds: Petunia fulfills the need to relax while satisfying
a creative impulse. It doesn’t take long to make something lovely
and unexpected…and it never, ever gets dirt under your
Note: To play this game, you must follow the link and
ad video, you can play the game online. This game was a notable
entry in the Casual Gameplay
Design Competition #8: Sandbox. Read PCWorld‘s reviews of
winning and notable casual games from this contest.