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The Gardens Between
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Developer: The Voxel Agents
Content Rating: Everyone
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.
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Overall, The Gardens Between is not particularly complex or subtle with the linear-nature of its puzzle-solving and familiar story, but the level of creativity and depth the game reaches with its uncomplicated parts is not to be understated. It is a game to be played after a long day of school or work, when you might need to take a moment to remember simpler times.
Though it may be criminally short, The Gardens Between is a love letter to childhood backed by incredible art design, an emotional story and consistently fresh puzzles. The universal experiences of childhood and childlike wonder translate well. Furthermore, the spirit of imagination from the central pair is on full display in the level design. More levels would have been nice, but what’s on display in The Gardens Between is too good to miss.
Having previewed it earlier this year at PAX East, I’m happy to say that with the final game, The Gardens Between fully delivers on the initial promise that it displayed with its gorgeous visuals and soundtrack, a creative puzzle-solving mechanic, and a heartfelt story that will, by its end, likely relate to many of us.