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Cloud Gardens

Noio, Future Friends PR
Sep 1, 2021 - PC, Xbox One

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God is a Geek
6.5 / 10
Gaming Nexus
6.5 / 10
17 / 20
Nintendo Life
7 / 10
Pure Nintendo
8.5 / 10
8 / 10
7.5 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Cloud Gardens

Cloud Gardens is a lovely relaxing game and beautiful to look at, but it gets repetitive rather quickly.

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While I can't fault Cloud Gardens for its cool visuals or interesting themes, those things are ultimately lost to fiddley controls and a somewhat obtuse gameplay loop. Many players will likely enjoy the creative side of this game, but others will be left wondering why they are trashing up perfectly nice scenes.

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17 / 20

Just out of its early access and now also available on Xbox, Cloud Gardens is a great experience. Organic puzzles, that's what had never been made of memory. And the title even has the luxury of doing it well, bringing lightness, calm and a few moments of reflection to meet the challenges required.

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Cloud Gardens is a gentle-looking, gentle-sounding toy in the “chill” genre. It has a pretty good game hung on top, participation in which is largely optional. Noio’s stated aim “to fill you with satisfaction without the frustration” is a motto that’s been observed. Your mileage will vary based on what you find satisfying and what you find frustrating, but the gameplay, the themes, the music, the sound, and the graphics are all of a piece, admirably on-message, and contribute to a unique, bittersweet atmosphere.

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Cloud Garden is a peaceful puzzle game with plenty of levels on offer and a sandbox mode also in tow. It's a simple and joyous experience for everyone.

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Cloud Gardens is a dystopian sandbox puzzle-slash-sim from Noio where you make the most of the apocalypse by making plants grow. It's an ultra-Zen title that forces you to slow down, think about life, and do a little gardening - which is a totally welcome experience for when you need a breath of fresh air in today's suffocating world.

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All in all, Cloud Gardens is definitely a title that leans more towards experience than game, but its classification matters much less than how it feels to play around with its tools or the positive message it espouses. By focusing on creating and elevating green spaces, we can return our world to one where nature is in harmony and a balance is struck between humanity's footprint and mother nature's embrace. Spending a few minutes or even a few hours experimenting with Cloud Gardens feels like a worthwhile endeavor.

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Cloud Gardens is a chill, charming experience to play. The music adds to the relaxing gameplay. Finishing each diorama and moving on to the next brings such a sense of satisfaction. Cloud Gardens isn’t just a game it also encourages its players to be mindful of what is around them. To de-stress, chill out while also being creative and having fun!

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