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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: 16 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  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. 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.
  6. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Feb 26, 2019
    75
    I was impressed with the concept. I just craved more of it and was left with a melancholy feeling myself once the memories ceased. [Issue #37 – January/February 2019, p. 19]
  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: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Mar 30, 2019
    10
    This game is beautiful...sound design is amazing; characters are pretty cool. It's cohesive, interesting, wraps up well and makes you feelThis game is beautiful...sound design is amazing; characters are pretty cool. It's cohesive, interesting, wraps up well and makes you feel something. You're best off playing with this game with headphones/earbuds in or with nice speaker.s.. the sound is really that good. The puzzle difficulties range from easy to pretty hard. It's a pretty brief game and you likely won't want to play it again until enough time has passed that you forget how to solve the puzzles. But i wish I could forget and play it again! Look forward to more games by the Voxel Agents Expand
  2. Feb 2, 2022
    10
    Wow this game was excellent. I loved the characters and the way they interacted with the levels considering how little direct control you haveWow this game was excellent. I loved the characters and the way they interacted with the levels considering how little direct control you have over their movements. The puzzles were clever, consistency changing, and occasionally even mind bending where I had to reimagine the rules the level in order to solve them. The story was a nice ode to fleeting childhood friendships and the infinite imagination you have while playing with your friends at that age. The levels themselves showed the player the the silent, melancholy story taking place after each set of levels through the use of larger than life set pieces like giant slides and video game consoles. Can't say I'll play a game just like this ever again. Expand
  3. 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
  4. Aug 30, 2019
    9
    Excellent puzzle game with about 3-4 hours of play (so, on the short side). The two characters work together to solve the puzzle, though theyExcellent puzzle game with about 3-4 hours of play (so, on the short side). The two characters work together to solve the puzzle, though they move in tandem in the sense that the controller moves them forward or back together (though sometimes they move at different paces and over different terrain). The characters move backward and forward in time, and can at times move parts of the environment forward and backward in time, so there are sort of two things to focus on while solving the puzzles. Beautiful game, including the music, and a sweet little background story. The puzzles are reasonably challenging while also being constrained... there's only so many actions you can take. Although I played it through, it's also a game where you could just work on one puzzle and then put it aside for another day. (There's not a lot to remember about how this world works.) Expand
  5. Jun 11, 2022
    8
    Unique, interesting and quite beautiful. A short, but sweet and interesting experience. I in particular enjoyed the atmosphere of the game.
  6. Jan 23, 2020
    8
    A relaxing puzzler with beautiful art and design. While I could predict where the story was going, it was still a touching experience toA relaxing puzzler with beautiful art and design. While I could predict where the story was going, it was still a touching experience to complete the game. Expand
  7. Sep 14, 2020
    7
    Small nice game with a big heart and creative puzzles. Couldn't expect more.

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