Pennylane339 | Added on: December 16, 2010
I am recovering from major back surgery, so I was looking for a hidden object game that was entertaining and fun to play. Gardenscapes meets my basic requirements and more. I plan on replaying this game many times in the future.
derekthedj | Added on: August 31, 2010
Gardenscapes is a notable exception to the mostly mediocre hidden-object games that are being churned out en masse. What sets Gardenscapes apart from other hidden object games is the unique way of leveling-up as you progress through the game. You start out with a dilapidated garden which needs restoration. To raise the money, you sell off items in your house to customers. The quicker you find items your customers need, the more money you make to use to buy better items for your garden. So not only are you racing against time to find all the items your customers need but you are racing to find items as quickly as possible in order to maximize your reward. The garden environments you are able to create are quite varied with detailed high-resolution graphics and cheerful background music. Both the butler and your dog wander through the garden making use of the various upgrades (strangely, a cat was frequently heard but never seen.) Individual levels contain many items which shift slightly as you move your cursor past and special quests add variety by asking you to find twenty of a certain item such as trophies, golf balls or newspaper clippings. If you get stuck trying to find a particular item, you can request a hint which will show you the general area an item is hidden. You can also hunt for cameras and thermometers in each level to use as additional hints. The camera will flash the screen a bright white with only the items you need showing up ever so briefly. The thermometer allows you to pinpoint an item's location by revealing your proximity by temperature. Finding hidden "question marks" replenishes any hints you may have used and gold pieces are sprinkled throughout each level which add to your total reward. Finally, one of the subtle things I like most about this game is it seemed the objects we are searching for are logically placed with very few tucked away in unreasonable locations. No more scissors hidden in trees, in other words. Taken together, all of the individual flourishes make for a compelling and addicting adventure. It's a great game to play when guests are around as they can help you find things. The game also comes with a built-in screen saver so you can see your garden even when you're not playing. I estimate it took 20-25 hours to collect all of the items I needed to fully restore the garden and end the game. I'll conclude with my only gripes. First, you'll find yourself returning to the same 15 levels many times before you can finish the game. I wish a few were more included as it started to get repetitive toward the end. Secondly, while the ending was about what I expected, I would have loved to have been surprised with something unique and rewarding following completion. These are minor gripes, though. For the low casual-game price, this is a high quality title and it's highly recommended.
Linda1956 | Added on: March 29, 2011
I can't say enough good things about this game!!! I love it as do my grandchildren, who have developed their own game gardens. This is a MUST for everyone, IMO, especially those with children or grandchildren....it really develops an eye for detail, imagination, creativity. things left out of the usual kids games (an added bonus for me is gets the kids off of the recent 'All things vampire' fad) . As a former teacher, I strongly recommend it, but this is not just for kids, it's a lovely and captivating game for everyone.
sportygal2009 | Added on: November 23, 2009
I must say I was hesitant playing this but I just finished the one hour free trial and I will definitely be purchasing this game. Absolutely LOVE it. There are two game modes - relax and timed. I didn't do the relax mode as I love doing the time mode. I did the time mode. It is a little challenging to try to keep up with the customers but nothing overwhelming. A definite five star game here.
14151415vc | Added on: August 18, 2011
Great features, great game to play. Addicting to finish and see the end product. I would have liked the game to continue on redoing other parts of the house. Game was over too quickly for me.....wanted more. But excellent game to play!!!
66mustangsally | Added on: July 19, 2011
This is a fun, relaxing game. I love being able to create my own garden. However, as I saw in another review, I have to redownload it every time I wish to play. Would have given it five stars if I didn't have to do that.
Susan19514 | Added on: February 17, 2012
This game has a nice twist on hidden object games. When I play these games, I usually play them as stress reliever. So the fact that it's easy and not frustrating at all without being ridiculous is nice. Lots of fun. :o)
BreathFreshAir | Added on: November 30, 2009
I really don't usually like hidden object games, but Gardenscapes broke that mindset (at least for one game). It really is quite charming, and the option to play a timed or relaxed version removed any possibility of stress (one of the reasons I don't usually like this type of game). Being able to create more of my own garden at the end of each object hunt rounded out the experience, and the caretaker character was fun. Best of all, there's the option to skip over the storyline if you want (always a BIG plus when playing any game). Overall, this is a delightful, relatively relaxing hidden object game, worth checking out even if you don't like this genre.
lr4vr | Added on: January 25, 2010
I thought this game was great. It's not like those other hidden object games that are boring. Here you are actually trying to accomplish something. I love the way you had to find objects that the people wanted to purchase and then you could purchase items for your garden. Excellent plot and graphics. I just wish the game was a little longer. I had fun playing it and my 4 yr old daughter had fun helping me find everything. Great game!!
araleith | Added on: August 4, 2010
I love this game! It's a great addition to the HOG world. It is easy to pick up and play, and the level variety is great. I love that although you may visit a room more than once, it is new and different every time, and using the money to spruce up your garden for a contest is a wonderful way to keep you motivated! I love that you can interact with all the garden elements, it adds a really cute touch to the game. :) The hints are plentiful, which makes teh game great for even the newest HOG player. :)
eleicester | Added on: July 19, 2010
This was a relaxing, fun game to play. I also liked that I could play it several times and change the way the garden looked.
hankysis3 | Added on: November 23, 2009
This game had so much going for it. The garden building gives it originality, and Austin is just a hoot. A few more rooms to choose would have helped diminish the repetitive hidden objects. A well thought out game that keeps you involved throughout. Kudos!
jolene | Added on: November 16, 2009
Cleverly developed game that hooks you by providing a rewards system for the points you earn. Objects are nicely hidden and the hints are more then adequate. Points can be traded in for improvements to your individually designed garden. You are provided with a helper who interacts like a virtual friend, even becoming saddened when you stop paying attention to him. There were only two parts of the game that I felt took away from it's overall play value. In the relaxed mode you still felt a bit of time pressure as if you went too long the helper would make you use a hint. (I later found you could turn off the tutorial but that only lasts for that one scene and you must turn it off every time.) Also, towards the end as improvements cost more, the game does start to get a bit repetitive. It would have been nice had even more, new rooms were added or additional ways to make money provided.
verylisa | Added on: November 30, 2009
The description of this game is misleading. There is no time management element. It's just hidden object. Nothing wrong with hidden object games, but I was expecting at least some time management in there.
madelyn55 | Added on: November 12, 2009
This game is just plain fun!! It's not hard so the kids will love it..The grapics are awesome and the butler is so funny....It's like an older hidden object....no puzzles.....just objects to find...There are 4 diffident types hints in the game. You have the question mark that shows you what the object looks like..The thermometer that shows red the closer you get....The camera that gives you a very quick look at where up to five objects are found and if all that doesn't work look for a little sparkle where the object is hidden.....Make sure you look for all the gold coins, or pearls, or candy....And when you are done you get to build a garden that's rather pretty...It's really rather addictive and I for one am glas I bought it....
Lisa522 | Added on: July 27, 2010
Yet another great game! I have been on a demoing escapade for about 2 weeks now, trying all sorts of games. This is another buy for me (you don't even want to know how many I've purchased lately!) Being as this is made by the same people that made Royal Envoy (Playrix), I guess it shouldn't surprise me at all how well made and what a high quality game this is. This is very similar to Shop-n-Spree (with different graphics and without the garden building), another game I absolutely love. I can definitely see the replay value in this game as well. All the added little perks of the game are wonderful too. All the various items that animate fully when you mouse over them (and there are a LOT of them). Also, that you can interact with the objects & animals in the garden. Building the garden is a nice theme for why you're doing all of this. I have been playing in Timed Mode and it's kinda difficult to find these items on demand like that. Nice to know there is relaxed mode to resort too when I want less harried gameplay. Excellent game!
Meisie84 | Added on: November 16, 2009
What a fun game! Great graphics with a nice concept, I hope we'll see more of these!
Maria | Added on: August 27, 2010
this game has a lot of activities. the graphics are fabulous. the only thing i would want is to make it last longer than it did.
mollyd | Added on: April 6, 2010
This has been one of my favorite games I have played with my funpass. I enjoyed having a known goal and viewing the different rooms.
pjumper | Added on: February 10, 2012
this game is very enjoyable, nice change and fun to fix yard just the way you want it. would be better if a little longer approx. 2 1/2 hours long.