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Cloud Gardens

Publisher: Coatsink Software

  • Price: $17.99
  • Release Date: Jun 16, 2022
  • Number of Players: 1
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  • ESRB Rating: E [Everyone]
  • This is one of those titles where it’s a bit of a struggle to know how to feel about it. Less intended to be a formal game, but instead a sort of interactive toy or simulation, its focus is on a sort of emergent art when nature overgrows our material world. You’ll place seeds as well as various objects and watch as vegetation overtakes those things you’ve laid down, budding to create new seeds and so on. It’s pretty Zen and can be relaxing but, oddly, what I didn’t like was that I couldn’t get to a consistent understanding of its underlying “rules”, and would repeatedly get close to the score I needed to complete a level before everything would fall apart… without really understanding why. I understand the intent is to sit back and relax as you take in the beauty, but when frustration arises because the game’s mechanics aren’t more clear it sort of hits a wall in its own intended design.

    Justin Nation, Score:
    Fair [6.1]

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