Return to your grandfather’s mansion and use your skills to return its garden to its once flourishing state.
Play through fast paced hidden object scenes where you’ll have to beat the clock to succeed.
Complete bonus tasks to earn extra currency that you can utilize for your garden.
While it might seem at first glance that a gardening games and hidden object games are two kinds of games that simply cannot mesh with each other due to how different they are in terms of gameplay and other aspects, that isn’t the case in Gardenscapes as it perfectly combines the very best elements of both these games to create an incredible experience that is both unique and extremely enjoyable.
There’s fairly lighthearted plot that fits in nicely with the game. When you start Gardenscapes off for the first time, you’ll be greeted with a cut-scene that gives you some necessary insight into the plot which basically revolves around you being tired of the city life and reminiscing of your old days when nature was all around you and then all of a sudden you receive a letter saying that your grandfather recently passed away and has left you his enormous mansion that consists of an even bigger garden. You hastily rush to this mansion to build a new life for yourself.
There’s no doubting that since Gardenscapes brings together elements from two different kinds of games, the game might feel a bit too complex for new players but this is remedied through the brilliant tutorial of the game. Although you may start the game off rather overwhelmed by the enormous variety of tasks that lie ahead of you, the tutorial is so in-depth and so well implemented that you’ll be breezing through these tasks within minutes because of how well you will be taught about the core mechanics of the game.
The gameplay of Gardenscapes, as mentioned before, is a blend of hidden object and gardening gameplay. While outside the mansion you’ll have the task of redecorating and redesigning your garden to bring it back to its former glorious self and when you head into the mansion you’ll encounter the hidden object scenes.
The hidden object gameplay is generally quite standard but has one change made to it which is the addition of a timer. Basically, every hidden object scenario will have a timer running which is displayed on the top left of your screen. If this timer hits zero and you still haven’t located all the objects, you will receive a lot less points (or money in this case) than you normally would have. It’s worth keeping in mind that this option is disabled if you select the ‘casual’ difficulty option so players can go right ahead and play without it if they’d like a more laid back experience.
Despite its amazing gameplay, the visuals of Gardenscapes are pretty much a hit or miss. The game looks brilliant when you’re decorating your garden under the bright daylight but on the other hand, the hidden object scenes leave much to be desired and at times feel rather dull. Overall the game has satisfactory visuals at best.
When you download Gardenscapes for the first time you’ll be able to play it for 60 minutes on a trial basis. After this trial has expired you’ll have the option of purchasing the game which will lift all time restrictions hence allowing you to play as long as you want
Gardenscapes is a sensational and near perfectly executed game that brings together the best of both hidden object and gardening games.