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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: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. 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 focuses 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.
  2. 85
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. 75
    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.
  5. Sep 24, 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.
  6. Sep 24, 2018
    The Gardens Between is beautiful and feels fresh, but it’s also very short and quite easy. If you like puzzles games, though, you’ll probably enjoy it.
  7. Oct 3, 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Oct 1, 2018
    The Gardens Between is truly a work of art. Two friends exploring fond memories of the times they shared through masterfully crafted islandThe Gardens Between is truly a work of art. Two friends exploring fond memories of the times they shared through masterfully crafted island levels all wrapped in a time bending puzzle mechanic. This game will challenge you with clever surprises around every corner and has an incredible atmosphere thanks to some amazing sound design. Expand
  2. Sep 20, 2018
    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
  3. Sep 23, 2018
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I enjoyed a peaceful Sunday with this one, I just wish it was a bit longer.
    The puzzles are clever and there's always a logical solution -no lucky guesses- and the learning curve is just perfect.
    A unique puzzler, nicely designed that with some extra content (length, maybe some more story in between levels) would be a classic. Sequel?

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