The game places players in the role of a barber who must groom and style the foliage of their plant, fruit and vegetable customers in similar manner to the art of bonsai pruning. Using the Wii Remote, the player uses tools such as scissors, hair clippers, combs and hairspray to work on the requests of up to five customers per day and try to achieve a professional five star rated cut for each.
Three prototypes of the game were developed on and off by a team of two people before the game moved into full development. In total, development for Bonsai Barber stretched over a period of two and a quarter years.
IGN commended the tight, responsive controls and the quirky nature of the game, but also called it a pricey one trick pony. Official Nintendo Magazine loved the concept and the humor and called it "an enjoyable, idiosyncratic experience".
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