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  • Summary: Manifold Garden is a first-person exploration game. Rediscover gravity and explore an Escher-esque world of impossible architecture. Witness infinity in first person, and master its rules to solve physics-defying puzzles. Cultivate a garden to open new paths forward, where an eternal expanse awaits.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Oct 26, 2020
    100
    Stunningly beautiful as it can be, Manifold Garden can also be mentally exhausting after long stretches. As much as I never wanted to put the controller down, there were moments I had to take a break whenever I felt it difficult to concentrate on the growing complexity of what I needed to accomplish. Manifold Garden is complex, gorgeous, intelligent, and without any doubt, one of the best puzzle experiences you can have on the PlayStation 4.
  2. Aug 18, 2020
    85
    Manifold Garden is a gorgeous puzzler that is something very different. It will test you and reward you in equal measure for a very unique experience.
  3. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Aug 22, 2020
    80
    Worth playing for the visuals alone, to take in and explore these strange and beautiful environments, which will be timeless. The puzzles are fun, but not as revolutionary. [Issue#179, p.68]
  4. Sep 3, 2020
    80
    Manifold Garden's unique aesthetic and creative puzzles result in a memorable journey that is well worth the price of admission.
  5. Sep 16, 2020
    75
    While some of the early puzzles are pretty easy to solve, the further in you get, the more you need to be able to think in terms of 3D space, since you can shift gravity to get a different perspective on everything. As someone who’s terrible at spatial reasoning puzzles, I’m not going to lie: there were times when I felt like my brain was pushed to the breaking point. Even so, it still felt like there was a pretty sizable discrepancy between what Manifold Garden achieves artistically, and what it achieves as a game. The latter is pretty forgettable, whereas the former occasionally borders on breathtaking. I leave it up to you how much weight you place on those two halves, but for me, it added up to a somewhat uneven whole.
  6. Aug 18, 2020
    70
    The star of the Manifold Garden show is far and away its presentation, and witnessing it in motion is worth the asking price alone. It's just a shame the puzzles themselves can't quite hit those same levels of spectacularity.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 7, 2020
    9
    The best word I can think of to explain this game is "trippy", but "mind-bending" comes to mind as well. There are probably similar games outThe best word I can think of to explain this game is "trippy", but "mind-bending" comes to mind as well. There are probably similar games out there, but personally, I've never played anything quite like this. The best comparison that comes to mind is "The Witness": it's a game that relies on a strong desire to explore, all built around sort-of similar puzzles that get progressively more challenging. To be fair, the puzzles in Manifold Garden have all been of a similar flavor, but oh my god, the way in which you need to solve them will make your brain hurt. Not because they're particularly difficult, but because they exist in a different reality where the direction in which gravity acts is what you tell it to be, and each puzzle exists in a self-contained, but infinitely repeated mini-universe... I don't even know how to explain it, but if you have $20, the experience of Manifold Garden is well worth it. The visuals, the music, the physics: it has all made for a truly memorable experience that has stuck with me long after playing like few games have. This game is definitely not for everyone, but if you're a fan of puzzle games, MC Escher, and head-scratchy concepts, you'll love it. Expand
  2. Sep 5, 2020
    9
    When I first finished the game I thought it was pretty cool... A mix of easier and more challenging puzzles, coupled with this uniqueWhen I first finished the game I thought it was pretty cool... A mix of easier and more challenging puzzles, coupled with this unique loop-mechanic. But now that I went for the Platinum Trophy, I gained a whole new appreciation for the game. Some of the secret passages, and how they were all connected, simply blew me away. Very well thought out paths that were really hard to piece together. Thank god for the guide I found, which helped me through my struggles.

    All in all, a very well crafted puzzler for newbies and veterans of the genre alike. Paired with the unique art design and atmospheric soundtrack, it was a really great experience.
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