Review: The Gardens Between (PlayStation 4)

The Gardens Between is a surreal puzzle adventure that follows best friends, Arina and Frendt, as they fall into a mysterious world of beautiful garden islands. Manipulate time to solve puzzles and discover the secrets of each island.

Pros:

  • Beautiful cartoon graphics.
  • 1.59GB Download size.
  • Tutorial pop-ups.
  • Puzzle gameplay.
  • Controls- Sticks and one button.
  • Silent narrative.
  • Decent loading times.
  • The goal is to get your lantern from the start to the end of the level.
  • All levels do a 360-degree spin.
  • Uses a DS4 speaker.
  • Levels look incredible with many layers of detail.
  • Overall map for level selection.
  • Can replay levels.
  • Time- You control time and can fast forward/rewind and pause time.
  • Can use the time mechanic in cutscenes.
  • A charming game full of character.
  • Easy to get into.
  • Full of fun atmosphere.
  • New mechanics get introduced over time. Some are really clever.
  • Blast from the past with classic items of history in the game like VHS tapes and classic consoles.

Cons:

  • Short game, Only a few hours.
  • Little replay value.
  • Little help/hint system.
  • Some time mechanics overlap and confuse each other.

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Accessability - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
9/10

Summary

What a superb little game. The time mechanic is simple but powerful, Watching the world move through your touch is just brilliant. Later on, the time mechanics get a lot more in depth and intricate but it still maintains its charm and wonder. I love how the levels look and feel, Each location and level is an adventure in itself. Yes, it is a short game but it is a such a fun ride and it does puzzling so well that you cannot help but fall for it. Excellent.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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