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Garden Story (2021) is a role-playing adventure, crafting and farming game similar to Stardew Valley. It also features combat, dungeons and puzzles similar to the Zelda games. You defend your garden home from an invasion of malignant rot monsters and restore peace to the land and its inhabitants, all of which are fruit. It has prevalent themes of environmentalism and care for nature, and its unique pastel pixel art style combined with its relaxing music and whimsical story create an aura of calm and differentiate the game from others.

You play Concord, the youngest grape in The Grove, who must become the guardian of the land after the previous protector vanishes. As well as nurturing the four seasonal towns (one for each season) in The Grove by helping their residents, you need to fight against the rot invasion with the help of your friends Rana, Elderberry and Fuji.

Although on the surface, the game appears similar to other tend and befriend titles, where you complete side quests and daily missions for the inhabitants, the primary gameplay is actually more complex.

As you defeat rot in each of the four towns, you discover each responds differently to attack. There's a deep combat system, skill tree and potions, each of which offers different advantages to you. At the end of each village's primary quest, there's a dungeon with puzzles and a boss battle. There is also little difficulty increase as you progress, so it is accessible to a wider range of players.

It's a unique blend of Zelda-like exploration, combat and puzzle-solving paired with the simple charm of RPGs and games like Stardew Valley that make it a unique offering in the gaming space and can help to create spaces for conversation about the natural world and our responsibility for it.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Garden Story 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Role-Play game with Action, Collecting, Fighting and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 7 hours and 15 hours to complete. With plenty of side quests and easy-to-miss hidden details, the time to beat will vary depending on how you play. You can expect some play sessions to go on for over an hour though.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Fear and Mild Violence.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

CostsCosts

Garden Story usually costs £15.49 to £17.99. 

Garden Story

XBox Store Xbox One £16.74 Free

Xbox Game Pass

Steam StoreSALE PC £15.49 £3.87 until 04/03/2024
Switch Store Switch £17.99
Steam StoreSALE Mac £15.49 £3.87 until 04/03/2024
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 11/08/2021

Price: 75% off

Out Now: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Role-Play (Action, Collecting, Fighting and Traversal)

Accessibility: 27 features

Components: 2D Overhead, Open World and Pixels

Developer: Picogram Art (@Picogram_Art)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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