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The Gardens Between

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The Gardens Between is a single-player adventure-puzzle game about time, memory and friendship. Best friends Arina and Frendt fall into a series of vibrant, dreamlike island gardens peppered with everyday objects from their childhood. Together they embark on an emotional journey that examines the significance of their friendship. Manipulate time to solve puzzles and reach the apex of each isle. Follow the duo as they unpack and explore their precious moments spent together, lighting up constellations and illuminating threads of a bittersweet narrative. Features Vibrant, storybook-inspired art style Dreamy tale of adventure, friendship and growing-up Gorgeous single player experience with a meaningful personal story Bespoke ingenious puzzles require the manipulation of time to solve Accessible design; simple controls, and no text, speech, time pressure or complex UI Relaxing, ambient soundtrack by feature-artist Tim Shiel Play in full detail on your gorgeous 4k screen
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous

Got it for Nintendo Switch. Enjoyed the level design and general atmosphere.

Gameplay itself is slow-paced, though puzzles are challenging enough and have some fresh ideas, so it doesn't feel like you were solving them already.

A great family-friendly game overall.

Review from Steam

The Gardens Between is a quite short, but lovely time manipulation puzzle game.
During the whole game you just move forward or backward with your 2 characters, simulating the flow of the time that way. During this, you have the option to interact with various objects. These result in a different flow of time, opening new paths and so on.
The game itself is not hard, but you won’t figure out everything in a few seconds either. Overall, you will get a relaxing experience for your money.
Conclusion
Games with nice art and music usually have high price marks, so the full price might be too much for a game with 2-3hours playtime, but The Gardens Between is an awesome choice during sales.
Visuals: 8/10. The game is lovely.
Atmosphere: 8/10. Heartbreaking. You will know at the end…
Amount of crash: None.
Bugs: None.
Hey, I am an achievement hunter!
How to perfect?: Just finish the game and replay levels where you missed achievements. Achievement guide available on steam and each cheevos are very easy to obtain. The guide is also spoiler free, so you can use it without any problem while playing the game.
Perfection Difficulty: 2/10. Nothing really hard, puzzles not too hard either.
100% time: ~2-3h
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Review from Steam



GAME TIME
3-5 hours


DIFFICULTY
Average


GRAPHICS
Nice


MUSIC
Relaxing


REPLAYABILITY
For the achievment


BUGS
None

WORTH BUYING
On sale

The Gardens Between is a puzzle game that focus on manipulating time. You play as a two friends. This game has simple controls, you can either move time forward or backward. You can get a little confused on how to advance, but the puzzles are not very difficult. Definitely a good game to relax for a while with a good soundtrack and beautiful visuals.

Review from Steam

Beautiful and emotional game about the fond memories of two teenager friends whose world gets shaken by the move of the other and the loss of that friendship. Puzzles were easy to grasp, but not too easy to be boring. End credits song was beautiful and made me tear up with the ending of the game. Wholeheartedly recommend this game!

Review from Steam

my brain go brrrr playing this game, this game makes me feel dumb and smart at the same time, not much more i can ask for ghfujidkso, yah all got me in the end ngl, i was like aww a cute hug ;-;, but ohh i was so wrong more ugly crying just some seconds later ;-;, amazing and sad game I'm gonna go and cry in my corner now, thanks <34

Review from Steam

~ DIFFICULTY ~
🔲 My 90 year old grandma could play it
✅ Easy
🔲 Normal
🔲 Hard
~ GRAPHICS ~
🔲 MS Paint
🔲 Bad
🔲 Meh
🔲 Graphics don't matter in this game
🔲 Good
✅Beautiful
🔲 Masterpiece
~ MUSIC ~
🔲 Bad
🔲 Not special
✅ Good
🔲 Beautiful
~ STORY ~
🔲 This game has no story
🔲 Like playing Temple Runners for the story
🔲It's there for the people who want it
🔲 Well written
✅ Epic story
🔲 Imagine Kingdom Hearts but on crack
~ PRICE ~
🔲Free
🔲Underpriced
✅Perfect Price
🔲 Could be cheaper
🔲 Overpriced
🔲 Complete waste of money
~ REQUIREMENTS ~
✅ You can run it on a microwave
🔲 Average
🔲 High end
🔲 NASA computer
~ LENGTH ~
✅ Very Short (0 - 2 hours)
🔲Short (2 - 15 hours)
🔲 Average (15-50 hours)
🔲 Long (50-90 hours)
Extremely long (90-110 hours)
🔲 No ending
~ FUN ~
🔲 I'd rather watch paint dry
🔲Hard to enjoy
🔲 Repetitive
✅ Actually pretty amusing
🔲The kind of fun you'll remember
🔲 Ride of your life
~ REPLAYABILITY~
🔲 It's a one-time experience
🔲 Only for achievements
🔲 If you wait a few months/years
🔲 Definitely
✅ Infinitely replayable
~ WORTH BUYING ~
🔲 No
🔲 Wait for sale
✅ Yes

Review from Steam

a nice casual puzzle game with story to tell about 2 frnds and their adventures in and around the gardens between their houses and the tree house there.

Review from Steam

Visually this game is beautiful but overall game play is a bit repetitive and a touch boring. If the game is on sale, go for it, if not I would pass.

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