Gardens Inc.: From Rakes to Riches
Sunnydale Gardens (no vampires!)
Review based upon completion of the game with all levels in Gold time, a fully renovated villa and 39 of 44 Gold trophies.
This game is brought to you by the Torque Game Builder tool that also was used for the Kate series in which you have to build a car empire. Apparently this is a standard tool for TM games. But the developers of this game made a lot more out of it, with more diverse graphics, different tasks all the time, and a game that has you think, but when you are capable to grasp the basis of strategy you will always know how to improve. I blew some levels the first time, but always got Gold on the second try.
The Story? The local unlikable tycoon wants to evict your grandparents and flatten the family villa, and will succeed unless you win the town's gardening contest.
+ diverse tasks
+ great graphics for a TM game
+ lots of achievements, some are tough
+ chaining actions...
+ ...and facilitations that make sense (run faster, build faster etc.)
+ there's a little twist in the story...
o ...but not all of it makes sense (right before the contest the story called the villa fully fixed when it was not)
o to get some achievements you will have to replay a lot of levels
- some clues for the bonus ribbon (flower patterns) are VERY obscure
Bottom Line: While chaining is available you still will have to click a lot of things, so if that is not your cup of tea then sadly you will be lost. If you manage to complete the My Kingdom for the Princess games you will also manage this one. So, if you are into gardening and TM / Strategy games by all means, play this one!
May 8, 2013
Hardest game of this type I've played.
Despite my hatred of Time Management, I love this type with the running around. I usually mess around with the game's scripts to allow for infinite time to play in sandbox mode, but I couldn't figure out how to do it here.
This game is severely more challenging for me than other games of this type, with the overly tight time restrictions & the amount of micromanagement piled on at each level.
While I'm too much of a laid-back person to enjoy being challenged, I know that's exactly what someone out there is looking for. I enjoyed it regardless.
March 26, 2013
Another Solid Pathway Game
Another solid "pathway" game - follows along the lines of MKfortheP - clear rocks and debris, build sawmills, etc. In addition to other tasks (i.e. collect 50 units of wood), each level requires you to plant flower beds in a specific arrangement (i.e create a striped pattern, etc.). The gardening aspect is a cute little twist, though i wish this aspect was more relevant - Gardens Inc. isn't really a "farming" game.
Overall, this is a good game, but not without some tedium - similar to other games, ghosts and other menacing creatures come out of the woodwork randomly causing your workers to return to homebase and not resume work until the creature is gone. Personally, I find this more annoying than challenging. Reminds me of the menacing pirate that would randomly appear in Island Tribe 2.
March 23, 2013
Fast pace and fun time management game
The demo was a blast, cant wait to buy. similar game to kingdom chronicles, and not as fun, but well worth the time. The story line is a different twist from many of the time management games i've played.
March 20, 2013
I really enjoy this game but would like the option to go back and redo levels. Other games I have played have this option. When I get frustrated I have to start over and dont like that.
March 30, 2013
Finally a TM game of excellent quality!!! Come on BF more, more, more!!! I loved the gardening plot! Okay here's an idea for developers, their used to be a super Nintendo game called Theme Park this should give you some ideas!
March 26, 2013
Good but twitchy
The game was fine but a bit intrusive during the tutorial. Premise was fun and game was certainly playable. Game got twitchy when I hit F1 by accident and it never recovered. It made the game hard to deal with since it had to be force quit to get it to stop flashing.
March 18, 2013
Almost too tough
Some were very difficult and it resulted in not being able to complete the "landscaping". Really disappointing not to be able to advance.
March 29, 2013
at times, you would need to play the level once in order to set your strategy. You can click ahead.
March 26, 2013
Fun Game! Ready for the Next One!
I love the quirky characters. It is very user friendly in the instructions at the beginning levels. It becomes increasingly challenging as you go. The only thing I don't like about this game is that any "money" not spent at the end of a level is not saved to be used towards future upgrades. It's strictly use it or lose it - that is the real challenge in this game. Deciding what to buy at which level, because certain upgrades cannot be "unlocked" until specific areas have been upgraded.
September 9, 2014