Gardenscapes is a Time-Management Adventure game in which you are entrusted with your grandfather’s mansion. It is your responsibility to raise the money to repair the damages of this neglected property and create a beautiful garden. This walk through of Gardenscapes will offer detailed descriptions of the game, with additional tips and tricks for specific tricky levels.
Humans are a plague on the Earth: the Earth’s last plague. Humans crawl out of the mud, get a few big ideas, and now they are systematically tearing this planet apart. Humans have built massive factories that belch fumes into the atmosphere, coloring our already extremely limited view of the universe. They disembowel our planet, bleeding it dry of oil and fossil fuels with no regard for the consequences. They design devices specifically for the purpose of deconstruction and decay, and use them in great wars that permanently scar the world.
You are different. You see the destruction outside your window every day: smog in the sky, exhaust fumes stinging the eyes of pedestrians, excess noise and excess light keeping all surrounding animals awake and unable to rest or find food. You choose to be a conscientious objector, living on the fringe of society in your humble cottage. You have a small garden and you do your part to preserve the local ecosystem, but you’d have to be an idiot to look out your window every day, witnessing the literal rape of the planet, and think you can make even the smallest difference.
Then, everything changed when you received the letter. It seems that your grandfather, a botanist and fellow lover of nature, has passed on. In his will, he specified that you are to be the sole heir of his mansion, complete with its endless acres of fresh, untainted nature. This is your opportunity to make a difference: you can keep your grandfather’s legacy alive and grow the most beautiful garden in the world, a garden so beautiful it draws people from all around the world. Wars will cease and love will conquer all.
Grim reality sets in once you arrive at the mansion. It seems things have changed since last you’ve been here, long ago. The value of your grandfather’s estate has dropped seemingly quite a bit, with only Austin the butler left on payroll. As a butler, Austin knows nothing about botany, so the garden has grown into a state of array. With empty coffers and a scraggly patch of land, you’ll just have to roll up your sleeves and get to work if you want your dream of a perfect world to come true.
Garden scapes is a Time-Management Adventure game in which you are entrusted with your grandfather’s mansion. It is your responsibility to raise the money to repair the damages of this neglected property and create a beautiful garden. This walk through of Garden scapes will offer detailed descriptions of the game, with additional tips and tricks for specific tricky levels.
Garden scapes is a game that contains elements from simulation games, matching games, and time management games. Gameplay is divided into two main sections: Jumble Sale and Tending the Garden. Jumble Sale is a hidden-object game where the goal is to find items in a pile of stuff to sell in a rummage sale. The better you do in a round of Jumble Sale, the more money you will receive at the end.
This money is then used in the other half of the game, Tending the Garden. When tending the garden, the money you’ve earned from Jumble Sale goes into buying things and making repairs to the garden. This part of the game is more free-form, with a lot of room for customization. The relaxed, Zen-like atmosphere of the garden mixed with the more intense Jumble Sale gives Gardenscapes a balance of challenge and substance, with the result being fun!
The jumble sale is necessary to gain the funds required to begin construction of New Eden. Your grandfather was a bit of a hoarder in his later years, and it seems most of his fortune was whittled away by his obsession with collecting trinkets and doo-dads. Fortunately, since everything in the mansion now belongs to you, this excess junk can be turned into capital. In order to facilitate this, you have to go to each room and find objects hidden in a large pile to find something specific for a customer.
A typical round of Jumble Sale will start when someone asks for a single small item, such as a teddy bear. Your goal is then to try and find the object in one of the many junk piles in each room. Successfully obtaining the desired object in a reasonable amount of time will complete the transaction, and your reward will be money and a cleaner living space!
~ If you’re stuck and can’t find the object a customer is looking for, press the hint button in the bottom-right corner of the screen. This will reveal the object you’re looking for, but be mindful: you only have a limited number of hints per level.
~ If you’re still stuck and have run out of hints, a great strategy is to start clicking wildly all over the screen. There are no negative repercussions for clicking the wrong objects, so the fastest and most efficient way to play Jumble Sale is to rapidly click your mouse while moving the cursor all around the screen, pausing occasionally to collect the money left on the side.
~ Another thing to keep in mind if you run out of hits is that there are extra hints hidden in some levels. Keep your eyes peeled for a question mark symbol somewhere in each room and you can get back some of those valuable hints, which can also be turned into bonus cash if you don’t use them in a round.
~ Don’t forget to check the side of the screen occasionally. This is where you’ll see what items customers are looking for and how much they are willing to pay. Once you’ve found an object, the customer will leave the money on the sidebar as well.
~ Be sure to grab money left by a customer as soon as possible: the sooner you collect money from the sidebar, the sooner another customer can take their place. Keeping a steady flow of customers is paramount to making money and getting rid of all the clutter.
~ The longer you take to help a customer find the object they’re looking for, the more impatient they will become. Every customer has three hearts next to their portrait, and those hearts will disappear if you take longer than they like to help them. The color of their portion of the game screen will change in color from green to yellow and then finally to red, and some customers may simply walk away if they don’t receive help after that point.
~ If you’re playing on Timed Mode, helping all the customers quickly will earn you more money if you have a lot of time left over. Playing on Relaxed difficulty will keep you from having that stressful time constraint, but the tradeoff is you’ll miss out on the extra money bonus if you complete the round faster.
Tending the garden is your reward for your hard work selling all that junk to strangers. With the money you’ve earned after completing a level, head outside to the garden and you will find yourself faced with many options. There are a variety of repairs and additions to be made, and several different ways you can approach them.
Use the money you’ve earned to purchase items from the bar at the bottom of the screen. Once you’ve selected a category, select the part of the garden you wish to place the object. Now, you will have a few options to choose from. There are no wrong answers here: just pick whichever looks best to you!
~ While you do start off the game with a decent selection of items to choose from with a good level of variety, you should play a few more levels before making any hard decisions. Completing levels will unlock more options to decorate your garden, as well as giving you more money to buy them with!
~ Don’t worry if you find something you like but already have a similar object in your garden! You can always swap out the look and type of object in each section of the garden, so feel free to keep things fresh by mixing it up a bit. Variety is the spice of life, after all.
~ Austin doesn’t really have much to do but walk around the garden and talk to himself. You can cheer him up a little by clicking him when he walks around: he’ll tell you it’s bothersome, but you can tell he appreciates the attention.
~ If you’re feeling especially proud of your garden, there is an option in-game to convert it into a screensaver for your computer. Now, every time you go to wake up your computer you can see a little glimpse of paradise.
Gardenscapes takes place entirely in your grandfather’s mansion, with the garden in the front yard. This may sound boring, but there is actually plenty of variety in the mansion, with many different rooms filled with things you can sell to rubes to pay for fertilizer. Here are some of the rooms you’ll encounter in Gardenscapes:
Drawing Room: Once a lavishly decorated and supremely comfortable lounge area for guests to sit by the fire, this room is completely filled with clutter. Picking up all the food and silverware is only a part of the issue: there are also clocks and small bits of machinery everywhere for some reason. Perhaps Grampa fancied himself a bit of a tinkerer in his late life, but one thing’s for sure: he can’t do any tinkering now. Sell it all!
Garage: This garage houses Grampa’s once beastly Ford Automobile. While it’s gathering dust now, there was a time when it saw plenty of action in numerous street races. Now, someone’s jammed a pair of scissors into the grill and used the hood to showcase their collection of musical instruments. The car is salvageable, but the microscopes and guitars and Thermoses all need to go, so let’s start the bidding!
Office: When it was at its most impressive, the mansion required quite a bit of upkeep. The office used to be a place where Grampa could keep track of all the goings-on and plan out his garden, but since his later years and eventual passing it has become covered in dust and clutter. Clearing all the children’s toys, noisemakers, cooking utensils and food will be arduous, but the resulting cash flow will make it all worthwhile.
Bathroom: Not any mere washroom, the mansion’s bathroom features an elegant marble bathtub with beautiful golden knobs. Now, someone has filled the tub with dishes, and there are papers and small electronics everywhere. Putting aside the fact that you need the capital from selling these things to pay for the construction of your garden, this bathroom desperately needs to be cleaned just for safety reasons.
Bureau Room: This room houses a beautiful bureau full of Grampa’s prize porcelain dolls. These intricately hand-painted figures were the apple of his eye towards the end of his life, but now you’re in charge. What may have been an impressive collection in his lifetime is now a collection of creepy little girl toys that stare unblinking at passersby, so it’s time to sell the lot!
Garden: This is what makes it all worthwhile. The garden planted in the front entry way of the mansion has many paths with which guests can wander to enjoy the beautiful plants and flowers contained within, with a beautiful water fountain in the center. However, deteriorating health and decline in value of estate has caused the garden to fall into severe disrepair, meaning the fountain doesn’t work and the paths are overgrown with weeds. Only you can fix it up, restoring its former glory.
This portion of the Gardenscapes walk through will provide you with a play-by-play of a typical level. This is a walkthrough of the Drawing Room level: the first level in the game. Follow along if you get stuck!
The Jumble Sale is starting a little slowly, with only one customer. He’s looking for the Teddy Bear: you can find it on the white chair to the left. Finding it will result in you selling the bear to the customer, who will leave some money on the counter. Click on it, and suddenly five more customers will appear! News travels fast, so you’ll have to work faster.
One of your customers is asking for a Yacht. Where she thinks you’d be able to fit an entire houseboat in the drawing room is an absolute mystery, but if you grab the model boat resting in the potted plant to the right of the fireplace, she’ll take it and leave you some money. Collect her money, and another customer will arrive.
Next, check the stool near the foreground, toward the middle of the bottom of the screen. Draped on that stool is a Shawl which one of your customers would like to buy. Take care of that for them, then be sure to grab the House Plant placed by the end table to the right of the white easy chair on the right side of the screen. Give that to another customer and you will now have two small piles of money to collect, which will open up space for two more customers once you’ve collected them.
Near the area where you found the House Plant is a Music Stand: it may be tough for you to see at first because it’s so wiry, but it’s definitely there and a customer will definitely pay for it. To the left, on the other white easy chair, is a Phonograph you can sell as well. Completing that sale will result in money, but no more extra customers because there are only ten for this level.
With four customers left, this is a great opportunity to wrap up the level quickly to get a beefy time bonus. The Doll that little girl is looking for can be found resting on the right side of the mantel, above the fireplace. Since you no longer have a matching set, you may as well sell the Curtain draped on the right side of the screen to that customer who keeps asking about it. Two down, two to go!
Home stretch. Collect the money left on the counter from the last two customers, then grab the Violin that’s hanging on the wall to the far left and sell it to a customer. This last one is tricky, because the Painting the customer wants is partially obscured by your interface. However, you can still see it poking out from the corner, near the top-left. Grab it, sell it, and collect the last few piles of money to end this level with a fat stack of cash and time to spare!
Outside these walls, no one knows of your grandfather or his amazing accomplishments in the field of botany. Outside these walls, people pass by and tut-tut in shame at the sad state of the once beautiful mansion. Some of the older townsfolk remember when the garden was lush and vibrant, with visitors coming from all over. If you’re polite, one of them may sit down and tell you about it, but nobody stops to smell the roses anymore.
This all can change. There is an enormous opportunity that has been given to you: a huge tract of land, the groundwork for a truly impressive garden, the legacy of your grandfather, and a house that is full of creepy hoarder junk that can be sold to dimwits. There is nothing standing in the way of you and your dream of the perfect garden, except you. Keep your eye on the prize, never lose sight of your goal, and don’t be discouraged.
The day will come once again when people will embark on voyages and pilgrimages to see your stunning display of flora. The sheer beauty of nature in its naked form may drive some to tears, perhaps even causing them to question the merits of their lifestyle. A new craze of gardening and botany will erupt, with small communities flourishing by creating gardens of their own.
On your own, in your little cottage outside the big city, things were simple. There were only a few plants to water every day and some composting and recycling were the norm. Now, the scale is much bigger, and with that comes an increase in responsibility. Please do everything you can to make this work and restore glory to the family name and garden. If not, the whole world may fall to the whims of humans and their self-destructive nature.
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