Conclusion: But for the majority of gamers above the age of twelve, it will probably fail to engage after the first five minutes or so. Though it’s competently made and packs in a good amount of content overall The UnderGarden makes for a fairly dull experience.
Conclusion: I can certainly applaud The Undergarden's developers for trying something different, but the concept here is not nearly strong enough to support the bland and pedestrian gameplay. Even casual games still demand a level of interest from the player, and The Undergarden doesn't have it.
Excerpt: “Where is this, why is this?” these are good questions the game itself brings up as you explore the massive otherworldly caverns of The Undergarden . What I found to be most interesting is the fact that none of these questions are really answered. However, what I do know is that it is not the puzzle game that it advertises itself to be. The Undergarden does not have a story. The whole affair seems to be a discombobulated dream.
Conclusion: Above: We say, we ought to be able to hire our own gardener Also, if you plan on playing The Undergarden with a keyboard, be warned that the key bindings will be incomplete when you set up the game (you’ll have to discover the ‘boost’ feature on your own). If you can get past these problems, The Undergarden is a competent puzzle game with beautiful (if a bit samey) art and music direction, a light hearted concept, and an absolutely adorable protagonist.
Pros: Tranquil, no pressure pace, Beautiful environments, Gentle but consistent learning curve
Cons: Frequent crashes, Incomplete controls and instructions, The headaches you'll get from the later puzzles
Excerpt: . It eases the tension and acts like a full-body massage; only it’s a massage where you’re lying there, enjoying the coaxing fingers while doing a crossword puzzle. Essentially, your body relaxes while your mind works, but the latter doesn’t seem to generate much in the way of stress, or any anxiety that might hamper your oozing tendons and muscles.
Excerpt: The UnderGarden caught my eye a few months back after I got a hold of some screenshots and first read about the concept of the game. It reminded me of Flower, which I loved. As a gamer that thoroughly enjoys digging in to colossal titles like Mass Effect and Borderlands, games like The UnderGarden are a nice break in the action to slow down and appreciate some of the smaller aspects of gaming.
Pros: Fantastic visuals, Accessible for gamers of all ages and skill
Cons: Lack of entertaining objectives, Controls are less than stellar, Co-op is pretty much pointless
Conclusion: The game does feature a co-op mode where a second player can drop in and out at any time. They can then help their teammate pollinate the plants, gather musicians, etc. Unfortunately, it feels a bit tacked on and doesn’t provide that same buddy-buddy feeling that playing other games with friends invokes.