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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Garlic (2021) is a retro running and jumping game where you play a humanoid onion ascending a tower to seduce a goddess at the top. You platform through levels filled with deadly moving traps and pitfalls and use your dash to defeat enemies, traverse huge gaps and ricochet off walls and floors to maintain speed. With a bizarre series of outlandish minigames and a tongue-in-cheek sense of humour, its high difficulty and sheer strangeness make for an unusual combination that stands out in a crowded genre.

You play Garlic, a boy with an onion for a head, as he attempts to make his way to the top of a sprawling tower and meet, then hopefully charm, a mystical goddess. To reach her, you need to face off against the countless enemies that fill the tower and overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, pitfalls, and deadly traps.

Play involves running and jumping through the stages while avoiding hazards and defeating enemies by dashing into them. When performed into a wall, your dash enables you to bounce backwards with great speed and height or cross huge distances if performed into the floor. Precisely chaining together dashes and jumps to maintain speed is the only way to complete some of the more challenging sections, and mastery of your limited moves is essential. Throughout the game, you also play bizarre minigames akin to WarioWare challenges, such as avoiding dog poo on the pavement or playing arcade-cabinet spaceship shooters.

The result is a game that combines a demanding platforming challenge with wacky humour and minigames to create an unusual blend of challenge and hilarity. Using your learned mastery of your abilities to overcome each new obstacle is a worthwhile challenge, with the reward not only being the satisfaction of completion but also getting to see what new twists and turns the strange story takes.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Garlic 3 weeks ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 2 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Platform game with Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 7 hours and 13 hours to complete. The levels are very difficult and you will often die repeatedly before you succeed, resulting in a play time that varies significantly from one player to another.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Sexual Innuendo.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Parental Guidance (PG) for Mild Violence, Mild Sexual References, and Sexualised Imagery.

Skill Level

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Many parts of the game are very difficult and require extremely precise inputs and quick reactions. Players should also have the maturity to deal with the frustration of continually failing.

CostsCosts

Garlic usually costs £11.99 to £14.99.
 

Garlic

XBox Store Xbox X|S £14.99
XBox Store Xbox One £14.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £11.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £11.99
Steam Store PC £12.79
Switch Store Switch £14.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 16/06/2021, updated in 2023

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Platform and Traversal

Accessibility: 18 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Sylph Arcade (@SylphArcade)


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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