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  • Summary: Best friends Arina and Frendt delve into a series of vibrant, dreamlike island gardens peppered with everyday objects from their childhood. Together they embark on an emotional journey that examines the significance of their friendship: the memories they’ve built, what must be let go, andBest friends Arina and Frendt delve into a series of vibrant, dreamlike island gardens peppered with everyday objects from their childhood. Together they embark on an emotional journey that examines the significance of their friendship: the memories they’ve built, what must be let go, and what should never be left behind. Lost in a mysterious realm where cause and effect are malleable, the friends find that time flows in all directions. Manipulate time to solve puzzles and reach the apex of each isle. Follow the duo as they unpack and explore their significant moments spent together, lighting up constellations and illuminating threads of a bittersweet narrative. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Sep 19, 2018
    95
    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.
  2. 90
    The Gardens Between is one of the bigger surprises I've played on Nintendo Switch. The title proved to be a smartly designed puzzler that anyone quickly can understand. Solutions are found by using logic in tandem with the rules of the world. The flow of time plays a major role in all of this and a keen eye can help you all the way through. 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.
  3. Sep 27, 2018
    85
    A beautiful narrative-driven puzzle game which pays tribute to friendship in childhood and the importance of shared memories.
  4. Sep 19, 2018
    80
    It may only take two to three hours to see everything The Gardens Between has to offer, but the warm and fuzzy feelings from start to finish ensure that your memories of playing it will live on.
  5. 80
    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.
  6. Sep 19, 2018
    80
    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.
  7. Sep 19, 2018
    60
    The Garden is a very beautiful and moving game that lacks some fresh ideas after a few minutes of the game. Its mechanics are cool but it's too bad it lacks challenge and never tries to renew its formula during the entire adventure...which is only 3 hours long.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Sep 23, 2018
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Perfect length for me - under 3 hours. Good ramping of difficulty - mostly easy with some more difficult puzzles scattered throughout. Good mood/atmosphere. Wonderfully detailed levels. Great music. For some reason that level towards the end with the jacket and the big drain really messed with my head on an emotional level. Expand
  2. Oct 27, 2018
    10
    Very cleverly constructed gameplay, as is for the story. I was more focused on the graphics and art style, which was beneficial as controlsVery cleverly constructed gameplay, as is for the story. I was more focused on the graphics and art style, which was beneficial as controls were simple to enjoy the rest. The story itself touched my heart as I have been through something similar, something that most people also have. Such a charming game that I can't wait for next game from the developers and I will def. let my friends to try. Expand
  3. Nov 18, 2018
    8
    It's very short. HOWEVER, it's very good. If you do value your money a lot, this might be slightly overpriced, but in general the game isIt's very short. HOWEVER, it's very good. If you do value your money a lot, this might be slightly overpriced, but in general the game is good, and even if it's technically short it's not like it didn't explore most of its gameplay.
    The genre is a puzzle story which has a medium level of difficulty; it will be found hard by beginners but it's very doable by everyone else.
    The puzzles are generally sensical with the exception of one or two only.
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  4. Sep 20, 2018
    7
    The Gardens Between
    A short charming puzzle
    The Gardens Between is a puzzle game where you play as 2 friends spending their final day
    The Gardens Between
    A short charming puzzle
    The Gardens Between is a puzzle game where you play as 2 friends spending their final day together…
    And you control both of them…
    However not separately…
    The gardens Between takes place across 19 levels and is a little less than 2 and a half hours long…
    Here you’ll be doing increasingly challenging puzzles involving a lamp…
    The controls and Idea is simple... you can move forwards or backwards which will rewind time or progress time… and both characters move simultaneously... so there is no back and forth nonsense going on here exactly…
    there is a bit.. but it’s more of lining things up, passing the light onto the little box helpers in levels, or figuring out codes or ways to line up the environment to get past…
    All with the end goal of getting the light to the end…
    getting over the different environmental obstacles in your way trying to stop this from happening
    nothing ever too difficult which I appreciate…
    it’s a quick little charming brain teaser…
    and I felt the gameplay consistently changing things up slightly as the game goes on while keeping the goal the same…
    but slowly new obstacles will be thrown at you which will carry onto the problem solving of levels throughout..
    There are so many unique and memorable puzzles here…
    this is definitely a game puzzle game fans should give a shot…
    There’s not much of a story and things won’t necessarily challenge you…..
    But there is something special and enjoyable here in the Gardens between
    I give the gardens between
    a 7.5/10
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