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Cloud Gardens Review

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Posted: 5 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Cloud Gardens is a puzzle game where you grow vegetation over a dilapidated post-apocalyptic world. It's a low-pressure puzzle, from the team behind Kingdom. It has the same pixel-art style, but here you are left to take your time to grow each scene with a combination of plants and the detritus of civilisation.

Play involves choosing seeds, then rotating and exploring a vignette to find the best place to plant your different foliage. The scenes all look like they are taken from a zombie apocalypse game, only here there's no danger. In fact, you can take all the time you want.

Once you have eventually grown enough plants, flowers, shrubs and trees you can move onto the next level. As you progress this extends beyond just interacting with flora to providing new architectural elements to add, like road signs and lamp posts, that provide new structures for the plants to grow. You also prune and water your plants to help them grow or tend their shape.

Through the game, you harness the power of nature to overgrow lo-fi scenes of urban decay and manufactured landscapes. Create small overgrown dioramas of brutalism and beauty by planting seeds, repurposing hundreds of discarded objects and creating unique structures for nature to reclaim.

The main game gets slowly harder on each level, but there's also a sandbox mode with no goals. However you play it, it's a game that depicts the ecology and interaction between nature and humanity. You work to strike a balance between the natural and the manufactured. At the end of each scene you can watch short videos of your completed dioramas and share them with other players.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/09/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Noio Games (@Noio_Games)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 15 minutes and half an hour to play a round of this game. Different scenes vary in time to complete. The game as a whole can be enjoyed for many hours.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

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

AccessibilityAccessibility

We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Cloud Gardens Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@Noio_Games) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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