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Rating: 4/5 (51 votes)
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zxoChicken GrowBart Bonte's entry into the second Casual Gameplay Design Contest (CGDC #2), Chicken Grow, once again showcases the mosaic-like artwork we have come to love from games such as The Bonte Room, Free the Bird (from CGDC #1), and the recently reviewed Loose the Moose. The game centers around one impatient-looking chicken, waiting for you to feed and water it. Doing so requires you to solve two puzzles—one to turn on the water and the other to release chicken feed from a machine.

Given only a month or so to design and submit Chicken Grow, it is understandably shorter and less complex than most of his prior games. Unfortunately, the trickery and originality that we have seen before from Bart did not carry over into Chicken Grow. The puzzle to unlock the feed machine is just a flash implementation of the famous Klotski puzzle, which requires 81 moves to solve—if you know exactly what you're doing. Someone could easily spend half an hour (or more!) moving those maddening little blocks around before finding the solution. The water puzzle shows more creativity, but is rather short and leaves the player hungry for more.

Despite the weak gameplay, there are things to like about Chicken Grow, such as the artwork and the atmosphere. We're always glad to see games from Bart Bonte, and we hope to see another for our third CDGC coming up.

Play Chicken Grow


got the water-- the slider puzzle is hard though...


got the water also, the grain puzzle is impossible.


thats enough time for me on the grain puzzle-- I do enjoy bonte's games though

off to Link dump


I got the water (it was simple) but im stuck on the grain puzzle.

(this is my first time posting on jayisgames, I love your site Jay)


By the way

the wire on the second water tank is a water sensor if it gets too full it wil drain


Beat it! woo!

Only reason I stood a chance is because I happen to have one of those slide puzzles at my desk. I bought it at a Cracker Barrel actually. Happens to be one of the hardest wood puzzles I have ever seen.


Water puzzle too easy, grain puzzle too hard. Still, I managed to find a solution to the grain puzzle online...

it was J.H.Fleming's "Square Root" or "Mintman" puzzle in 1946:

Leonard Banks March 2, 2007 1:58 PM

I agree that 1 puzzle was too easy and 1 was too hard.

I just followed the video to get the grain. A few gaps but was easy to fill in.


thanks otherBill-- in my opinion a 91 step puzzle is too much for a short game like this......


Boo Hoo I have waited all day for the next release, and ends up I already played it last week! ;-(


An insanely tricky little puzzle. I love it.

Brandon March 2, 2007 2:09 PM

Besides the water puzzle, which was fun, this game is a disaster. The sliding block puzzle has been done to death and is really freakin' annoying. And this game has nothing to do with "grow" at all.


i agree with cc and maddogmadsen! this puzzle came out a while ago on LazyLaces and i didn't much like it then. short games like this should be some frustration overcome with a good "AH-HA!" not a long grind like this slide puzzle


yes I beat it thanks for the puzzle help OtherBill.
Yeah I agree what does the game have to do with grow?


whoa! bug alert! don't ask me how i did it, but i managed to slide one of the 1x1 pieces on top of a 1x2 piece. for whatever reason, the 1x2 piece was unmovable prior to the discovery (as in, it wouldn't budge, even though there definitely was room to move). somehow, i accidentally slide the piece on top of it, and it just went there. so now i have three 1x1 holes to work with.

and it's still no easier. :P


can anyone help me?!

i cant even get the water out!!!

please help!


That sliding puzzle was annoying! but i did it!


Grain puzzle has a bug. I managed to get different pieces stuck without being able to move them and other pieces could move over them. So it's not only extremely hard to solve, but can also get you upset when it gets stuck while solving, and there is no other way to reset it than reloading the game. Bad!


Has anyone else noticed Bonte's apparent new fascination with bird games?



notice after the water overflows in the second barrel, there is a remainder in the first barrel....

use that water to fill the other barrel so that it does not overflow, yet has enough water to start the drip system

i have to say i was dissapointed with the

ending animation-- i wanted some giant chicken, or something different

scooby39 March 2, 2007 4:42 PM

I agree with most of the feedback...water puzzle too easy and block puzzle too hard. I've never been a fan of the block puzzle -- maybe it's because I never was able to 'solve' the Rubiks Cube.


The grainagrow keeps glitching up on me!!

FelixBat March 2, 2007 6:53 PM

Where is the grow?


fun, but the block puzzle took too long and there was no reset button to reset it back to start it again.


Goodness me! It's one of those games they had on my old windows 98 computer (It started with a K... I think) The water doesn't take long but is fun, the slidy thing, not so much. :P

Nice help otherBill


Nice graphics and fun to play! Solved the water puzzle quickly, the grains was got me busy for some time, very difficult, but solved it in the end. Overall, nice and fun game.
I don't see why some people think this has nothing to do with 'grow', common it's how to grow a chicken :)

LordMagin March 3, 2007 5:29 PM

if you're stuck on the sliding puzzle...

try to look for a tape on the ground


Oops, I mean the grain puzzle. But I guess you would have figured it out by then.. :]

Chrysanthemum March 4, 2007 6:51 PM

Agreed with a bunch of other people -- the water puzzle is super easy, the grain puzzle ridiculously hard even AFTER

finding the video for it

. I'm giving up in frustration after wasting way too much of my time trying to solve something I'm obviously just incapable of solving.


I have to give this one a big thumbs-down. A flash implementation of a sliding block puzzle from sixty years ago isn't the kind of thing that I'm looking for in this competition. Even the other puzzle wasn't original, I've seen similar things before.


the food is too hard to figure out. it should be easier. they should let you have a farm and have more chickens USE THIS FOR THE FOOD PART


there is a video for the grain o grow solution on the floor under the middle crate where the tv is

Trisha May 5, 2007 4:53 AM

How do I do the water thing? It's driving me nuts!


Someone please tell me how to solve the block puzzle!!!

Anonymous May 30, 2007 8:35 PM

there was a bug with the grain puzzle....


i was dissapointed with the final animation. you take all that time doing the second puzzle just for that. very dissapointing!


i didn't like this game as much as others. you do that puzzle that takes an hour and all that happens is a chicken lays an egg.


Wow! my brain hurts! I think this was the hardest sliding puzzle I've ever done. I took about 40 minutes of pain to find out the solution, and I only found the tape on the floor in my second try. Good puzzle, anyway.


OMG i made it:D but the grain droppep in left side^^ in stead for right side


Clicking the picture to open the window for the game seems to lead me to the game "Orbit".


GAH! Copy and paste typo. Fixed, thanks Red! =)

Master_Bratac July 5, 2007 10:19 AM

I just have to say that I like the chicken.

threebean July 5, 2007 11:29 PM

Hmm… most of this game was the Klotski game. :(


wait, so this only took a month or so to code, but I swear I played this ages ago, and the comments for it date back to march...



I finally finished the dang game, and so what if a majority of the game is KLOTSKI, some of us may never have seen or heard of KLOTSKI, fun game anyway, but man that slide puzzle was something else or what?


both puzzles are impossible
please someone help me



this game was too hard for being so short -.-


wow! i did it!
the end was pretty boring though (N)
anyone who wants to know it click the spoiler

theres an egg that says "well done"..
yeah.. woopdy doo ahhaha

Jack :D July 19, 2007 4:59 PM

:O that was it? all that work on that puzzle and it just lays an egg? :P

Billybobjoe July 28, 2007 7:32 PM

Help. I can't figure out the water puzzle but i got the grain puzzle.


I still can't even get the water!! GRRR!



How to get the water:

Click the red switch (down) thats directly under the first water jug on the left. Under that switch theres another switch. Switch it up. Click the switch thats diagonally located up and to the right of the first water jug, so that is pointed down. Click the red button above the first water jug and then click the switch on the little blue box to transfer all of the water to the second water jug. Repeat this process and the water should drain from the second water jug. Put the switch thats under second water jug, up. Push the button again to transfer the water to the second jug. Refill the first jug, and transfer the water. Put the switch that is directly to the left of the second jug, down. The chicken sould now get the water.


wooooooooooooooooooooow that puzzle is craaaaaaaaaaazy!!


it was a cute game. short but cute. disapointing ending though. wanted something amazing. they could have at least made the egg hatch.


Nice, the water was cool, the grain took a little patience tho. simple and clever, i like


this really works alot !! u can solve the grid easily with this :)


Gosh this games is hard!

how do you do the puzzle...anyone out there who can help me..??

speak sooon x


Pretty hard slider, and disappointing end. Challenging game!!

Anonymous June 14, 2009 6:06 PM

How do I do the puzzle?


this is sooo stupid!!!i got the grain thing over the hole but the grain wouldnt come out!!!any help would be appreciated!!!

Concorde22 October 28, 2009 8:07 AM


With the grain on the slidy puzzle, you have to pull it down when it is over the hole.

Hope this helped!

ANNOYED!!!!! December 19, 2009 6:28 PM

GRRRRRR When I push the red button that fills up the first tank, it fills up. But when I push the white button on the blue box, it just shows the water pouring into the second tank, without the water levels rising.

angry friend!! January 16, 2010 3:28 PM

omg... i just want a full walk through how do you do the game step by step?

NotAnnoyed February 12, 2010 9:34 PM

Water part was easy, but not so good with the slidy puzzle.


to be honest im crap at them slidy puzzles oh and BTW at the end:

all the chicken does is lay an egg tht says "well done" |=|
very dissapointing!

stupid ending!

andr01d April 9, 2017 6:23 AM

Really dull and trumped up sliding puzzle. Skip it.


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