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Garden Story

Rose City Games, Picogram
Aug 11, 2021 - Nintendo Switch, PC
Fair

OpenCritic Rating

73

Top Critic Average

59%

Critics Recommend

IGN Italy
7 / 10
God is a Geek
7 / 10
Gaming Nexus
7.4 / 10
Nintendo Life
7 / 10
Digital Chumps
8 / 10
RPG Fan
80%
TechRaptor
7.5 / 10
CGMagazine
9 / 10
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Garden Story - Launch Trailer

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Garden Story - Trailer (Coming Summer 2021)


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Critic Reviews for Garden Story

Garden Story offers an enjoyable, light and relaxing experience, although not perfect, between action adventure and life simulator.

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God is a Geek

Lyle Carr
7 / 10.0
God is a Geek

Garden Story is a beautiful game with a laid back attitude, but the slow paced gameplay won't be to everyone's taste.

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Garden Story is not the apple of my eye, nor is it rotten. I enjoyed my time helping Concord clear the rot, especially with the boss fights, but by the third town (out of four) I felt I had picked more apples than I could eat in a week. Dungeons were exciting, but the other mechanics left a sour taste as they were introduced too late to matter and became another mechanic I could easily ignore. Garden Story simply was not my jam.

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As one of the surprise drops of the Nintendo Indie World showcase, we couldn't wait to get our hands on Garden Story, one of the most hyped "wholesome" games of the past few months. What we were expecting was perhaps not what we received - and it certainly has its flaws - but nevertheless, we couldn't help being won over by Garden Story's charm as well as its systems.

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Taking cues from Zelda and Stardew Valley, Garden Story is a charming adventure packed with action and crafting that can often be oddly paced, dampening the fun of an otherwise delightful time.

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As an inexpensive and relatively short title by a one-person team, it is hard for me to lend much weight to the game’s misses. Garden Story’s characters and world have a magnetism; it’s hard to stop spending time with them once you’ve begun, and once you’ve finished the game, it’s effortless to stop back in. If you are happy to delve into an experience where everything but the gameplay shines, then Garden Story is definitely worth checking out.

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Garden Story is a ripe take on Zelda-like ARPGs, but falls short in a couple of aspects.

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Garden Story is a wonderful and unique take on the sim-adventure genre, and it’s definitely worth a look.

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