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The Gardener and the Wild Vines (2021) is a running, jumping and climbing game where you use flowers growing and vines to propel yourself to the top of a tower. It's a tough game with a focus on skill, but keeps things visually light and breezy. A game that combines an exacting challenge with a fairytale aesthetic.

You play a gardener on a quest to rescue his love. To do this you travel from tower to tower to find your missing Prince. Play involves using your magic gardening shears to chop and climb your way to the top. You can target the vines to cause them to grow and then jump onto the leaves. Chain a few of this in a row and you get a boosted jump.

It's a tough reaction-focused game. You work your way to the top but can easily miss a jump and end up back on the ground. It's the sort of game that starts really hard but with some practice offers a flowing traversal that is both flexible and satisfying.

The result is a game that takes you through 28 handcrafted towers that are as much puzzles as they are reaction challenges. It's an intentionally tough game that invites repeat plays and requires quite a bit of practice (and patience).

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Gardener and the Wild Vines 23 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 23 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

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


Play Time: This game will take between 6 hours and 7 hours to complete. 3-4 hours of gameplay for the main story and another 2-3 hours to 100% all the challenge mode.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. It's a tough game and although younger players can enjoy it, to get the most out of it you need to be happy to practice and fail a lot.


The Gardener and the Wild Vines usually costs £7.19.

The Gardener and the Wild Vines

Steam Store PC £7.19
Steam Store Mac £7.19
XBox Store Xbox One -
Switch Store Switch -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 09/09/2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Collecting, Traversal (Action and Platform)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: @Finite Reflect (@FiniteReflect)

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