Tane wo Maku Tori (WonderSwan) — manual in English

Tane wo Maku Tori (たねをまく鳥, seed-sowing bird), is a puzzle game for the WonderSwan where you help a sad bird grow plants so it has enough food to feed its family.


Tane wo Maku Tori is played with the WonderSwan held in portrait orientation. This means the Y buttons are on the bottom left and the X buttons are on the bottom right. For navigating menus you use the Y buttons like they were a D-pad and use the X3 to select options and X4 to cancel (they’re just like using A and B if you were holding the WonderSwan in landscape).

  • Y2 and Y4 — Move the bars in the selected column up and down, respectively
  • X3 — Will accelerate the water droplets while pressed

Basic rules

Screen layout

  1. スコア (current score)
  2. T (remaining time
  3. Water drops, which you are trying to direct to the seed
  4. Later levels have hazards including these bugs that will try to eat the flowers
  5. The column you’ve currently selected is shaded darker
  6. The seeds that you are trying to grow into huge flowers

Clearing a stage

The connecting “branches” that you move up and down are sometimes branches, sometimes steel girders and all sorts of other things. So from now on I will refer to them as amida. You select a column and move the amida up and down in that column.

Game over

If time reaches zero and you haven’t grown your plant, it’s game over. If your plant is eaten by insects or other creatures, it’s game over. Even if you’re on a level with multiple plants growing, it’s game over if a single one is eaten.

Basic techniques

Water characteristics

Water flows from the top of the screen down to the bottom and moves along any amida they come across. They will only continue to move straight down if they don’t come across amida to cross. If the amida is at an angle, the droplets can only travel down them but not up them.

Combined waterdrops

Water drops always appear as small droplets, but because of how they move around on amida they can come into contact with each other and form larger droplets. A bigger droplet reaching your plant is great for the plant and means you’re only worrying about how to get that single droplet where it needs to be. But if you mess it up then that’s quite a waste! The larger the droplets you use, the higher your score will be.

Insect behaviour

Special techniques


When a pest or water droplet is on an amida branch you can move them up and down. For example, rather than only moving amida to stop pests from moving onto them, you could let them move on to one and then move that one much further away from your plant. You could also transport a water droplet down nearer the plant very quickly.


Serial attack

Pick up


When you start the game you can skip the opening cinematic or gameplay demo (which appears if you wait long enough) with the X3 button (taking the place of the A button if you were in landscape). Move the cursor around with the Y buttons. The modes to select from the main menu appear in the following order:


Story mode. The birds sows seeds at the start of each level and you grow the plant. There are 8 levels.


Continuous mode. First you select a difficultly level. 易 is easy, 並 is regular, and 難 is hard. At first you can only select easy. Once you have bloomed 10 flowers in easy mode, the regular mode is unlocked. Once you’ve bloomed 10 flowers in regular mode, the hard mode is unlocked.


Battle mode. This is the regular game but multiplayer using two WonderSwans connected by an extension cable.


View your high scores for each mode.

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