Planting a garden is an exercise in resource management. What goes where? How much room will everything take? Which plant needs how much water? It's a constantly evolving puzzle that plays out over long periods of time. Speed things up a bit, and you're starting to have the makings of a really engaging game. Now put the garden on Mars. Good! Now we're getting somewhere.
There does seem to be a running theme with plants lately, doesn't there? My last Gaming App of the Day was Eufloria HD, a game all about the brutal, cold real-time strategy of natural selection. This time around it's Waking Mars, which tells an altogether different story of plant life and growth. Despite its outwardly cold appearance, it's a warm, charming, and smart game, with a surprising amount of depth both to its gameplay and its story.