When I was a kid I was addicted to any game I could get my hands on, especially if they were puzzle types of games that I could play in our school’s computer lab while the teacher wasn’t looking.
Among the many flash games that I loved such as Stick RPG and Defend Your Castle, I found the wonderful world of GROW and the developers at Eyemaze.
The first version of the GROW enterprise I played was Grow Island. Others include Grow RPG.
Grow Island is a logic puzzle game that requires players to select between 8 different faculties to empower and level up. While there is technically no “correct solution” when playing Grow Island, there are two solutions that will max out all of the faculties provided to players.
If players do not manage to max out all of the faculties they will receive “alternate endings” that provide them with various tableaus that are sometimes as unique as the “best outcomes.”
The following guide will take you through the two “best possible outcomes” players can discover while playing Grow Island. I would still recommend messing around with the various combinations, though I won’t spoil those for you!
THE FACULTIES ON GROW ISLAND
As mentioned there are 8 faculties on Grow Island which include:
Electrical Engineering (Battery)
The study of electricity, how to produce it cheaply and efficiently. Also the study of magnetism, electrical current, voltage and signal.
Computer Science (Computer Chip)
The study of computer hardware and programming language software. Studying a new computer calculation system and encryption.
Civil Engineering (Pickaxe)
Building mass structures of society like roads, bridges, railways, embankments, dams, water, sewerage.
Various studies in this stream require further research for structural design, building materials, construction methods and natural disaster prevention such as landslides, floods, and earthquakes.
This field also focusses on water conservation, economic efficiency and environmental protection.
Applied Chemistry (Bunsen Burner)
The design of new molecules, developing chemical synthetics and chemical reactions.
The study of human and earth-friendly developments like dissolvable plastics and fuel cells, batteries that use a chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen.
Aeronautics, Marine, Automotive Engineering (Wheel)
Vehicle design such as aviation, rockets, ships and cars.
The study of how air and water currents affect vehicles and motion controls and materials required to build said vehicles.
The study of safe, comfortable and economic structures. Planning on how to build structurally sound houses and buildings.
Research into materials, plumbing and air conditioning equipment as well as the methods required to build the equipment.
Environmental Engineering (Chimney)
The study of protecting the global environment while still advancing technologically.
The goal is to create an urban environment with less carbon dioxide with the technology of garbage and water disposal.
A focus is also put on energy conservation, recycling methods, urban renewal, transportation systems, and water and sewage planning.
Mechanical Engineering (Bolt)
The study of machines and devices at all levels.
Topics that this faculty study are very diverse, from things like heat and air, water and oil, design and production of machines, and controls of electricity and computers.
THE ENDING WITH ALL FACULTIES AT MAXIMUM
If players are interested in completing GROW Island with all of their faculties maxed out they will have to follow the following build order:
Select the Bolt, which will place the Bolt on the ground.
Select the Pickaxe, which will cause the main character to chisel the ground and create a dirt road.
Select the Logs, which will level up the Bolt and allow the character to pave out the road.
Aeronautics, Marine, Automotive Engineering
Select the Wheel, which will place a landing pad and continue to level up the character’s technology.
The character will then chisel out an area for a boat to dock and a house will appear with a special someone.
Select the Chimney, which will place a garbage disposal unit and continue to level up the vehicle, though the main character will change his gaze on that special someone.
The character will then put his focus towards the special someone, carving a river and providing her with flowers, ultimately levelling up their home together and providing the players with a car.
Select the Battery, which will place the battery in the center of the field and will continue to level up the field.
The main character will head back down and begin tunnelling into the island and the island will spawn a boat and will continue levelling up the character’s home.
At this time players will receive their first “potion” and the volcano will begin to rumble.
Select the Chip, which will spawn in a computer and continue to upgrade the island.
The character will build a train track, will upgrade their home, will spawn a rocket ship and various other great upgrades.
Select the Bunsen Burner to complete the map.
THE ALIEN ALTERNATE ENDING
As a hidden easter egg, players may notice an alien while completing Grow Island “correctly.” Make no mistake, this alien was placed there to let you know that there’s a hidden alternate ending that you can strive to discover.
Upon inputting your selection with another order, players will no longer max out all of their faculties, however, will obtain a secret “UFO level.”
The following is how you unlock the Alien Alternate Ending
Aeronautics, Marine, Automotive Engineering
Begin by selecting the Wheel which will place a landing pad on your island.
Select the Pickaxe which will cause your character to pickaxe a road for your island.
Select the Logs which will place a pyramid of logs on the ground.
Select the Chip which will cause a house to appear and a special someone to emerge.
Select the Battery, which places a battery on the ground.
At this point, the main character will run to the special someone and surprise her with flowers.
Select the Bolt, which will cause their home to grow and the island will continue to level up.
The characters will be joined by a child once the main character exits the home to throw out his trash and will place the trash by the river.
The character will then chop down the nearby forest and a few more elements will level up on the map.
Select the Bunsen Burner, which will continue to cause the island to grow.
At this point, an alien will come abduct the main character until he is turned into an alien, heading home and upgrading it into a super galaxy home. The spaceship will stop the volcano from erupting.
Select the Chimney, which will place a smokestack and cause the aliens to come out of their home.
The aliens will dance as the world continues to place extraterrestrial versions of some of the elements that are placed in the original ending of the game.