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I’ve never gone in for the “limited energy” style of game design - it usually stilts gameplay so severely that I eventually give up - but somehow Gardenscapes has become my absolute favorite mobile game in spite of what I would normally consider to be an insurmountable disadvantage. It’s so much better balanced than other games of its ilk. For the first time, I don’t feel like the game WANTS me to lose; I feel like Gardenscapes wants me to *play,* which is all I really want to be able to do. And it feels genuinely pleased with me when I succeed! Tonally, this game hits every happy note for me. It’s so good-natured - like, downright wholesome. Everyone is friends! My gardens are beautiful! The music is literally the best - I listen to it while I’m at work, too! The events are legit exciting and they really *feel* special. And the graphics/visual elements of the game are a perfect, perfect complement to everything else. I feel like the team behind Gardenscapes loves what they’re making, and I love them for it. One of these days, I’m going to make *so much fanart* to show my appreciation. In the meantime, at the very least, I would say Gardenscapes is worth your time. It has a lot of heart. If it’s not for you, that’s totally okay - but I would never consider giving it a try to be a wasted effort. In the end, I hope you like it as much as I do!
I'd actually give 4 1/2 but whatever.. so let me start by saying the game is great. At least to me it is and I never really liked these kind of matching things in a row type games. It's challenging, fun and visually quite nice. I agree with some of the reviews that state you gotta do a lot for a little in return. Sometimes there will be a task that requires you to hire some help and one task will be to find someone to call for help and the next task will be to actually make the phone call. That's a little annoying to look forward to if you want to continue playing. A lot of people complain about it being expensive but these must be people that A. Have no self control. B. Probably are playing way more than they should be. Okay, I get that games can be addicting and I myself have sat for hours playing games I've thoroughly enjoyed but if you find yourself spending money on this daily or to a point that you're complaining about it, you probably don't have the financial comfort to be spending money on phone games and I suggest taking a break and going for a walk. Or download another game to play while you wait for more lives. Overall fun game and my only suggestion is to give out some goodies(bombs, shovel, rainbow thing) a tiny bit more often or at least make that daily wheel spin thing have better prizes.
This is by far my favorite game and has been for a very long time (I’m legit addicted). It is exciting to build such amazing gardens when in real life I am unwittingly the grim reaper of foliage, unable to keep a simple house plant alive despite my best efforts. I also have a proclivity towards cleanliness and being in control (plants aren’t the only things running away from me screaming). Cleaning up the garden and decorating it the way I want helps quell my OCD (free and sometimes $9.99 therapy) and makes me feel productive while I am escaping life (being super lazy) for a bit (usually hours) to play this game. I think the levels are a good mix of difficulty (except when I can’t beat one and am yelling at my IPad) and the game makers appear to listen (not to me yelling at my IPad) and make positive changes when something is not favorable. The daily prize wheel is nice, but for as much as I play I have only hit the jackpot two times and I find these odds a little suspect (omg I need to get a life). The only other complaint I have are the number of stars sometimes needed to complete a task (if only I ran the world...). But let’s be real, these are silly frustrations in the grand scheme of life. This game will continue to be my guilty pleasure (relaxing anti-social personality skill strengthening module) for a long time.
This game is definitely addicting and can be fun, but also very frustrating at times. As others have mentioned the levels get progressively harder as you go on. You can end up wasting lots of power ups and coins trying to beat a level and still lose. Also the rewards stay pretty much the same so you’re basically always getting diminishing returns as you play. But by far the most annoying thing for me is the multi-step process needed to restart a level when you lose or decide to quit. Whenever there is any kind of challenge active where you have to collect things or earn rewards, there is always a pop up where Austin asks if you are ABSOLUTELY SURE you want to lose your rewards/collected items from that level, trying to get you to use your coins and continue. Yes Austin, I am 100% sure I would rather give up these 15 apples I matched than waste my coins on 5 more useless moves that will bring me no where close to winning the level. Of course there is no option to disable these popups, probably because they are just a poorly disguised attempt to get people to spend money on coins. This used to be less of a problem because there weren’t always challenges going on so usually there would be no popup. Now the challenges are constant, and I have to mash the end level button multiple times to blow through Austin’s unhelpful advice every single time I lose or quit.
First of all, I want to say that I love absolutely love this game! It is very well advertised, and it is such good quality. I really enjoy the storyline and the beautiful garden. However, I do have a couple of problems with this game. During the first couple of days I easily went through and played the levels. However, when I hit the 60’s it got hard. Now, I’m not complaining about the difficulty level, but there is a frustrating cycle when you just can’t complete a level. If you don’t have enough coins to buy more moves, then you don’t have enough coins to buy a power up. You can spin the wheel every day to win prizes, but you rarely get something you can use to win that level. Also, if you can’t when the levels and you don’t get any stars, and if you don’t get any stores and you can’t complete any of the challenges and win coins! You see where I’m going with this?It’s almost like the game is forcing you to purchase coins if you need an extra boost I a level.😕 Even after all this, I still love this game and gave it four stars for its originality and fun! I do ask that there be an easier way to get coins, though, like on Homescapes when you check in consecutively, you get coin rewards. I think that would be a great addition to Gardenscapes! Thank you to all the creators of this game, you guys are awesome!
Welcome to Gardenscapes! Rake your way through a storyline full of unexpected twists to restore a wonderful garden to its former glory!
Embark on an adventurous journey: beat match-3 levels, restore
and decorate different areas in the garden, get to the bottom of the secrets it holds, and enjoy the company of amusing in-game characters, including Austin, your butler! What are you waiting for? Build your dream garden!
The game features:
● Unique gameplay: swap and match, restore and decorate the garden, and enjoy a novel storyline—all in one place!
● Hundreds of unique match-3 levels
● Dozens of in-game characters you can make friends with
● A lovely pet that is always there to cheer you up
● An in-game social network you can use to keep up on all the latest
● Different areas in the garden with unique structures: broken fountains, mysterious mazes, and many more
● A community that comes first—become neighbors with your Facebook friends!
Gardenscapes is free to play, though some in-game items can also be purchased for real money. If you don't want to use this option, simply turn it off in your device's "Restrictions" menu.
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