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Botany Manor

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

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8.8 / 10
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IGN Italy
7.5 / 10
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4.5 / 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 genuine delight, a charming little adventure game with a nice story, a lot of creativity in its plant designs and unique botanical work, and amazing puzzles that feel like a throwback to the classics of yore while having their own beautiful twists based around thorough exploration. It's an absolute gem, so make sure you don't overlook it just because Victoran-era botany doesn't seem all that intriguing at first. As it turns out, it can make for one amazing game.

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It looks like The Witness and it plays a bit like StreetPass Garden, but Botany Manor blooms into something that's not only entirely its own, but also something quite special. Don't let its cosy aesthetics fool you - Botany Manor is packed with nicely challenging, well-designed puzzles, and isn't afraid to tackle heavy subjects, too.

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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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