Percentile Rank

The Gardens Between is ranked in the 73rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 63 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

78

Top Critic Average

77%

Critics Recommend

Based on 63 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Sep 19, 2018

A childhood bond reimagined as a series of elegant, time-based diorama puzzles, The Gardens Between is short but very sweet.

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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 19, 2018

The Gardens Between is a magical journey that's well worth your time

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Player2.net.au
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 19, 2018

I enjoyed my time with The Gardens Between and appreciated it dealing with a topic that almost everybody can identify with but few games have tackled. Contemplative and moving, The Gardens Between is perfect fodder for a rainy morning in bed spent reminiscing about friends lost and the years separating then and now.

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Scored Reviews

PSX Brasil
96 / 100
96 / 100
Sep 30, 2018

There are no words to describe how incredible my experience with The Gardens Between was. A simple but pleasant story. An unique and innovative gameplay. A magnificent visual that confuses the boundaries between game and art. Like everything good in life, I found myself thinking about every moment I've spent with this game, and I could not help feeling a strong sense of Déjà Vu.

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Nindie Spotlight
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2018

While some may not be fond of the game’s conclusion (I personally thought it was appropriate and touching) the journey in The Gardens Between is absolutely a special one. While mechanically a puzzle game, and one that can be tricky in places, as an overall experience it has a remarkably universal quality that I think anyone can appreciate. In a sea of indie (and even AAA) titles it stands out and is deserving of both praise and your attention.

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GamingTrend
95 / 100
95 / 100
Sep 19, 2018

The Gardens Between is a masterpiece of minimalist storytelling, weaving a wordless tale of friendship and time. By drawing upon a few, nearly-universal childhood events, it allows the player to fill in the story with their own emotions and memories, creating a shockingly moving, personal experience. Featuring a gorgeous, surrealist style and challenging but fair puzzles, this is a must-have title for anyone who enjoys puzzle games.

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Rectify Gaming
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2018

The Gardens Between shouldn’t be overlooked. The near-perfect title combines beautiful imagery with seamless gameplay and challenging puzzles, creating a top-notch gaming experience.

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GamePitt
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2018

The Gardens Between is, in my opinion, one of the most original and emotional puzzle games to hit the PS4 this year. Each of the puzzles has been carefully planned out and crafted into memorable and fun situations, even the ones which don’t seem like puzzles at first until you look around and work out what you have to do. The music can get a little repetitive in-game (it changes as you move through the chapters), but the ambient sounds and the calmness of the tune really help you think about the solutions. It also allows you to immerse yourself as you sink into the world of Arina and Frendt within the spectacular looking dream-like environments.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2018

Knowing that I was walking into an abstract puzzle game, I wasn't quite prepared for what I received. Even at that, I found myself to be pleasantly surprised and challenged by this game. I tend to gobble puzzles for breakfast and some of these islands had me stumped. I love this game and would recommend it to all ages because of its art style, casual nature, and general concept. It does not have any violence, fighting, nor inventory management making it the perfect game for youth and adults to enjoy.

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DualShockers
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2018

As a title that I would consider a bit "under-the-radar" compared to the heavy-hitting games coming this fall, The Gardens Between is a wholly unique experience that you shouldn't let fade away from your memory.

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WellPlayed
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2018

Melbourne studio The Voxel Agents' debut console game proves that they are already masters of the craft. This is a shining example of what indie games can be

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Nintendo Enthusiast
9 / 10.0
Nintendo Enthusiast
Mario Piacquadio

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Sep 30, 2018

The Gardens Between is delightful, its soundtrack is beautiful and calming, its art style is pleasing, its characters are charming and expressive, and its story is touching and melancholic, and I found myself truly amazed by the consistently great level design.

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The Game is a Lie
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2018

Childhood is maybe the most important stage of our lives. Still, it's the stage we face with the most tranquility. The simplicity with which The Gardens Between talks about friendships and childhood touched me, making me remember and reflect. Playing this game is like reliving these memories, even if for a short period of time. Despite being far from a perfect game, it's an experience I think everyone should have.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 19, 2018

The Gardens Between is a short and simple adventure that holds a lot of charm. It plays upon the nostalgia we all have for childhood and focusses on experiences we've left behind in adulthood. It's also distinctly bittersweet in how it deals with the nature of change within relationships. While it's not the longest game, it's perfectly put together, and though the puzzles aren't too difficult, the way they're crafted should be praised as should the whole package.

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TechRaptor
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2018

While it may seem like nothing more than a Braid clone, The Gardens Between is anything but. Creative and evocative, other than the length, there's little to dislike here.

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Game News Plus
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2018

I enjoyed every bits and pieces of The Gardens Between and I admired every garden of it. My only regret is that the game is kind of short.

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NintendoWorldReport
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2018

The only error I can see here is that The Gardens Between ends on a weird note. This is something that could've been expanded upon, but the developers left us guessing. The complaint is rather minor in the grand scheme of it all as the experience is one that shouldn't be missed.

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Daily Nintendo
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2018

The Gardens Between is an amazing game, with an amazing story and style. The puzzles make the game challenging and add to the time you need to complete te game, but are never to cruel.

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Worth Playing
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2018

As an experience, The Gardens Between is a journey that's well worth embarking on. Its puzzles are gratifying, and its world is gorgeous and filled with personality. Its price may be too step for those looking for a meatier experience, and veteran fans of the genre might wish for tougher puzzles, but those hankering for a small game with a big heart will find plenty to love in The Gardens Between.

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SA Gamer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2018

Journey through a world that can only exist in your dreams. A dreamlike world seen through the eyes of two young children reminiscing about their time spent together. Their struggles, their joys, their adventures. This is The Gardens Between.

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Explosion Network
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 19, 2018

Even if the nostalgia of the objects littered throughout the islands is before your time the emotional resonance of The Gardens Between should work for everyone in some regard. Memories from being younger, simpler times. The ending is bittersweet, but the journey there is every bit rewarding through interesting mechanics and subtle story-telling.

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Just Push Start
4.25 / 5.0
4.25 / 5.0
Sep 18, 2018

Full of wonderful dream like miniature island locations and some slightly head scratching puzzles, The Gardens Between is exactly what I wanted from the title. It offers a laid back approach to puzzle games, which doesn't artificially slap on time based goals. Given the time manipulation theme it is almost awkward to say that time can slip away from you when playing, trying to complete just that one more island. Overall, this is a stunning little puzzle title that deserves some love!

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2018

Beyond those couple of snags, and really, those snags just remind us designing puzzles is a human effort, The Gardens Between stands out among its physics/puzzle/metaphor-driven peers. It's beautiful to look at and listen to, gratifying to solve (most of the time), and in the the end tells a simple story that's just bittersweet enough to sting your brain into thinking about your life a little.

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PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 20, 2018

The Gardens Between feels right at home on the Nintendo Switch, allowing you to play in short bursts or in one go at home or on the go. The game looks great on the TV and on the Nintendo Switch, and the way the game is presented and how you interact with each small island you explore means that there is no slowdown or weird graphical artifact that would get in the way of enjoying this charming and short puzzle adventure. I highly recommend that you download The Gardens Between so that you can dive into its colorful and enticing world.

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NoesPaisparaFrikis
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2018

Time flows inexorable, but this work allows us to play with it, to mold it to our liking, but it always takes us to the end of the narrative. Although the reality is that there is no end to it: memory and friendship, memories and shared experiences move in a circle, like the islands of this work. A wheel that has no beginning or end, in which looking back also implies look ahead. A wheel.

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Electric Bento
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Oct 1, 2018

I personally appreciate that The Gardens Between never came close to overstaying its welcome. Minimalist images between the islands help the player piece together the story, and the game ends with a subtle-yet-powerful scene that made me think about my childhood and the time I spent with friends in the moment.

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PowerUp!
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2018

The Gardens Between is a stunningly beautiful look at friendships through the lens of video games, once again showing that video games are an artform.

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Video Chums
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2018

Although a lot of The Gardens Between is focused on its narrative, it also has clever brain-teasing puzzles and an engaging world that will hold the interest of gamers looking for an immersive story as well as those who love a challenge.

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Jump Dash Roll
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 10, 2018

A unique and charming puzzle game which doesn't outstay its welcome.

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USgamer
Sep 19, 2018

The Gardens Between is a great example of a puzzle game with the most simple of mechanics, showcasing how much can be stretched out of so little. Its light story of friendship is sweet (if not a bit too saccharine). It complements the core mechanic of controlling the passage of time, and well, the inevitability of how no matter how much you'd like time to stand still sometimes, it'll move along regardless.

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Impulsegamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 26, 2018

The Gardens Between is a short and sweet puzzle game where you control the flow of time.

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VideoTime
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 1, 2018

In The Gardens Between, a new puzzle and adventure game from The Voxel Agents, the central idea is to manipulate time. It is a puzzle game with relatively simple mechanics: you move back and forth in time, following two friends while carrying a flashlight to the top of a small island. Read our review.

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Bazimag
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 9, 2018

If you love indie adventure and puzzle games and more importantly looking for an impressive experience that could remind you of your childhood memories you should definitely play The Gardens Between. this game is a magnificent experience and will bring you one of the best two hours of your life.

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We Got This Covered
Sep 20, 2018

Beautifully designed and painfully creative, The Gardens Between is an absolute delight. It's a shame that the lack of levels and short runtime prevent it from reaching true classic status.

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Fun Factor
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2018

The game design and narrative blend harmoniously, while sustained with a full-fledged soundtrack and colorful world, The Garden's Between stands out thanks to its ingenious puzzles and a simple approach on telling a small adventure full of details.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 30, 2018

A beautiful, relaxing puzzler that demands little more than your attention.

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Guardian
Sep 19, 2018

With only three buttons, this time-bending story is an impeccably crafted minimalist model of video game and puzzle design

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Cultured Vultures
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 9, 2018

The Gardens Between is a charming, engaging, and inventive puzzler with the potential to really draw you into its world of bittersweet nostalgia. While the puzzles may lack some teeth for the brain game veteran, there's plenty of fun to be had here.

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pressakey.com
Sep 21, 2018

The Voxel Agents have managed to knit a clever game concept around time manipulation with only one key plus analog stick and completely without text, which not only becomes a bit more complex from level to level, but also hardly repeats itself. If you don't mind the short playing time, The Gardens Between is a wonderfully playful and pretty puzzle adventure that's perfect for in between.

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PS3Blog.net
80%
PS3Blog.net
ThaRaven403
80%
Oct 2, 2018

Final Thoughts The Voxel Agents have created a nice, simple and truly charming puzzler. Its price tag might be a bit heavy for the given play time, but you shouldn't let that keep you from diving into this game since it'll be totally worth playing as it's a great relaxing puzzler.

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Game Revolution
Oct 7, 2018

There's an elusive elegance to The Gardens Between. It's short, charming, and shows its rewarding puzzle mechanic in just a couple hours without stretching the game to its breaking point. Some people might think it's too short but it's a start contrast to a solid chunk of big budget games that boast nebulous amounts of content over shorter, more authored experiences.

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 19, 2018

Relaxing as it is taxing, The Gardens Between offers a poignant coalescence of charming visuals, a relaxing soundtrack and a bittersweet story.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 19, 2018

With a bittersweet story and a gorgeous, dreamlike world, The Gardens Between is time-bending puzzle game that you won't soon forget.

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Pure Nintendo
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2018

The Gardens Between is a beautiful and charming game that is as clever as it is touching.

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GearNuke
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2018

A bittersweet tale of friendship that is masterfully presented through carefully designed puzzles revolving around time manipulation.

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GameMAG
8 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

8 / 10
Sep 28, 2018

The Gardens Between is an excellent example of a creative puzzle game, where beautiful graphics, pleasant music and original mechanics with time manipulation create a perfect symbiosis.

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COGconnected
78 / 100
78 / 100
Sep 19, 2018

Overall, The Gardens Between is not particularly complex or subtle with the linear-nature of its puzzle-solving and familiar story, but the level of creativity and depth the game reaches with its uncomplicated parts is not to be understated.

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PlayStation Universe
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2018

A beautifully told tale of childhood memories wrapped around an inventive, if overly short puzzler, The Gardens Between nonetheless remains a warm and touching experience that deserves your time.

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3DNews
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2018

The Gardens Between is a great way to spend autumn evening, when the bare branches unfriendly huddle outside the window, and the soul is filled with melancholy. It's time to get into the boat of memories and float in the past.

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BaziCenter
8 / 10
BaziCenter
Mohammad Zamani

Top Critic

8 / 10
Sep 22, 2018

The Gardens Between is a beautiful and innovative journey to the memories; memories of friendship and kindness that will make you wonder. If only the journey was not so short, it could've been one of the best experiences you'll ever have.

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Everyeye.it
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2018

The Gardens Between is a game that's overall pretty fun to play, but also one that won't leave you with very much in the end: a not so insignificant flaw for something that's trying to celebrate the value of remembrance.

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New Game Network
73 / 100
73 / 100
Sep 26, 2018

The Gardens Between is an enjoyable and minimalistic adventure that has you watching two friends ascend abstract memory islands. The puzzle mechanics involving time manipulation are simple, but deliver ample variety over the short journey.

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IND13
72%
72%
Sep 21, 2018

Thanks to its pleasant palette and meditative sound design, The Gardens Between is a calming experience. It may not have too much to say, but at least it doesn't overstay its welcome. A little sadly, I doubt I will be getting all that nostalgic over a game about nostalgia.

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Thumbsticks
Sep 18, 2018

The Garden Between may not be a puzzle game that challenges you, but it is one that makes you think. It’s enchanting, creative, introspective and entertaining, and whilst it’s let down by its simplistic gameplay, it’s got enough nostalgic charm to stay afloat.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 19, 2018

The Gardens Between is almost a truly great puzzle game, but it gets hung up in a couple of small areas.

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FNintendo
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 30, 2019

The Gardens Between does not need a single word to bring the players to its world, this is a fully immersive game that features a gorgeous art style, a self-communicating plot and innovative gameplay mechanics, in an effort that will invite players to a journey that is both physical and emotional.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 23, 2018

The main strength of The Gardens Between is the deeper meaning found within. It utilises a largely voiceless and textless narrative to great effect. Not only is this an impressive feat on its own, it showcases the brilliance of the medium. This game eschews tradition to draw players into a fascinating world. As they witness the memories shared by Arina and Frendt, they may find themselves recalling their own childhood. While those memories aren't always the kind one can look back on with fondness, their significance can't be understated or forgotten. They are what shape us.

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MonsterVine
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Sep 19, 2018

Although short, The Gardens Between is a relaxing puzzle game with unique ideas and a nostalgic, bittersweet snapshot of childhood friendship.

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Screen Rant
Sep 30, 2018

Control time itself in this charming puzzle game from The Voxel Agents.

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Generación Xbox
6.7 / 10.0
6.7 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2018

Even if the game is cute and enjoyable, is a short game that we can finish even in a single game session and that plays against the game.

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Gameblog
6 / 10
6 / 10
Sep 19, 2018

The Garden is a very beautiful and moving game that lacks some fresh ideas after a few minutes of game. Its mechanics are cool but it's too bad it lacks some challenge and never tries to renew its formula during the whole adventure.. that is only 3 hours long.

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VideoGamer
6 / 10
6 / 10
Sep 19, 2018

A seductive art style, hazy synth sounds, and some well-designed puzzles give The Gardens Between a pleasant mood, but it doesn't stay in the mind long after the credits.

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The Digital Fix
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Oct 2, 2018

It's short but not particularly sweet. There are many other games that evoke the same feelings as The Gardens Between, but they do so far more effectively.

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