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Botany Manor

Whitethorn Games, Balloon Studios
Apr 9, 2024 - Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

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Game Informer
8.8 / 10
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IGN Italy
7.5 / 10
Windows Central
4 / 5
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Botany Manor Release Date | Nintendo Switch, Xbox, PC | Whitethorn Winter thumbnail

Botany Manor Release Date | Nintendo Switch, Xbox, PC | Whitethorn Winter

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Botany Manor - Release Window Announcement | PC, Xbox, Switch

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Critic Reviews for Botany Manor

Developer Balloon Studios cultivates a beautiful puzzle game with the timeless allure of a summer's day stroll.

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Clever clues entwine with Botany Manor’s charming old English setting to make for a lighthearted first-person puzzler worth tending to.

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Botany Manor is a blissful, smart, and creatively conceived puzzle adventure. It’s just challenging enough to be engaging without veering into stressful territory, and its whimsical elements add fun, fantastical touches. I don’t think it made me better at gardening, but unearthing its appeal was satisfying.

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Despite its brevity, Botany Manor is a wholesome puzzle game that turns academic research into an engaging endeavor. The central theme focuses on finding the conditions to allow a living entity to flourish, a concept that is elegantly reflected in both Arabella’s personal journey as well as in gameplay. The game thematically underscores the overall interconnectedness of nature and highlights the influence that one's environment can have on well-being. Botany Manor left me yearning for more botanical discoveries and I can only hope that the developers sow the seeds of a sequel someday.

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A nice and short first person puzzle game which provides nice puzzles and inspiring visuals while not managing to fulfill the excellent premise of its setting.

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Botany Manor is a lovely little puzzle game that's relaxing, engaging, beautiful, and approachable. It's a great first game from Balloon Studios with a lot of charm, but it's not perfect, and it's even shorter than I expected. Being a day-one addition to Xbox Game Pass, though, makes it stupendously easy to recommend Botany Manor for an afternoon of fun.

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Potter around a stately home as a Victorian botanist, figuring out how to get eccentric plants to grow

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Botany Manor is a colorful exploration game with clever puzzles to solve and an intriguing narrative to back it up. With each problem solved I felt gratified and smart for putting together the right clues and reading between the lines. The environmental storytelling and the relaxing atmosphere made me want to explore every nook and cranny of the manor.

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