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  • Summary: The Gardens Between is a surreal puzzle adventure that follows best friends, Arina and Frendt, as they fall into a mysterious world of beautiful garden islands. Manipulate time to solve puzzles and discover the secrets of each island.

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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Oct 15, 2018
    90
    No good thing can last forever though, and as pretty and pleasant as the islands are, I couldn’t stay. After finishing a section, I often made Arina and Frendt run back and forth just to look at the details and to enjoy the complete, endearing picture, but that’s not how progress is made. I had to make them move on. Reminiscing on and remembering the past is sweet and often important, but we can’t spend too much time on it — The Gardens Between serves as a gentle reminder to anyone who may have forgotten that.
  2. Sep 19, 2018
    90
    A wholly unique experience that you shouldn’t let fade away from your memory.
  3. Oct 1, 2018
    89
    The Gardens Between is a beautiful game and combined with the relaxing atmosphere set by the wonderful soundtrack and simple controls make it one worth checking out. The story of the two friends’ adventures is told without the use of any dialogue and although it is a little on the short side, it did leave me wanting more - which is always a good sign. The puzzles are not overly difficult, and the lovely story of friendship told within the environments where their adventures occur, make The Gardens Between a game for all ages, but will be especially nostalgic for those gamers who grew up in the 80's.
  4. Sep 23, 2018
    80
    The Gardens Between is a lovely time with a neat puzzle mechanic that takes place in a breathtaking world, packing an impressive amount of effort, creativity, and TLC into an experience that sadly won’t last more than a couple of hours.
  5. Sep 24, 2018
    80
    The diversity and creative ingenuity of these little four-dimensional riddles is truly impressive. I was sad to finish the game after four or so hours, but enriched by the journey.
  6. Sep 23, 2018
    80
    Often simple and straightforward but also brilliant and profound, The Gardens Between is a visually wonderful adventure puzzle in which the clever time-bending mechanics are intertwined with a delicate story of an extremely strong friendship. A great little game.
  7. Dec 2, 2018
    70
    The Gardens Between wins you over with immediacy and candor rather than original concept or atmosphere. Don’t expect metaphysical references, hidden postmodernist rhetoric, or a multi-layered narrative — there is none of that. Moreover, it is devoid of conflict, story and text. This is a journey through a child’s imagination made out of clever puzzles.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Oct 5, 2018
    9
    A infância é talvez a fase mais determinante da vida de todos nós. Ainda assim, é a fase que encaramos com mais tranquilidade. A simplicidadeA infância é talvez a fase mais determinante da vida de todos nós. Ainda assim, é a fase que encaramos com mais tranquilidade. A simplicidade com que The Gardens Between fala sobre amizades e infância emociona, relembra e faz refletir. Jogar esse jogo é como reviver essas memórias, mesmo que por um curto período de tempo. Apesar de estar longe de ser um jogo perfeito, é uma experiência que eu acho que todos deveriam ter. Expand
  2. 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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  3. 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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