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Gardenscapes (PC)

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Genre: Puzzle / CD-ROM for Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 2000 / Windows XP / ESRB Rating: Rating Pending / Release Date: 2010-10-08 / Published by Focus Multimedia Ltd

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      29.04.2013 15:50
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      Not too bad overall, give it a whirl and see what you think

      Gardenscapes is a hidden object game with a small twist. The main storyline and purpose of the game is to rebuild a garden by buying different decorations, building small things and restoring others. The 'money' you need for this comes from doing the hidden object scenes.

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      In the hidden object scenes you are in a room in the house or shed and there is lots of items all over the place. Customers come along at the side and request an item, you find it and they pay you. There are also bonus scenes every now and again where you have to find a certain number of one item, e.g 20 guitars or 15 irons.
      The graphics on all the scenes are quite basic but detailed. It isn't top-notch 3D effects but it doesn't need to be. The characters are all slightly cartoon looking but it is quite pleasant on the eye. Nothing is too bright or too dark so all objects tend to be easy to see.
      You can also find hints within the scenes so if you really are stuck using a hint will show you where it is. The only downside to this is if you run out of hints and can't find an item, you can be staring at it for ages.

      My only real problem with the game is that it is very repetitive. You click 'play', look for items and keep going until you have enough money to buy the next thing for the garden, then you do the same over again. Smaller problems are that the game is either American or European aimed so for a UK resident playing the game I sometimes had the odd item that I didn't know actually what it was. As the items being asked for are usually written items are called different names outside of the UK so usually had to use up my hints for those ones. Last minor niggle is that some items are really hidden and the tiniest part of it is sticking out of a corner so you really can't see it. Again, easy to just use a hint for these ones are they really only happen rarely.

      Not too bad for a hidden object game but maybe more of one for the kids or if to play out of boredom.

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