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Kiri's Garden Review

Posted: 4 months ago, last updated 5 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Kiri's Garden is a pixel-puzzle about planting trees, growing grass, and moving flowers. You must plant trees to finish a level, but this is only possible once you've covered every other square in either grass or some other plant. It sounds simple but offers a surprisingly deep level of strategy, as different plants grow and spread in different ways, meaning you have to do things in the correct order, carefully thinking about each end every action you take.

In each level, you have an area of land with dirt and concrete. To unlock the bridge to the next level, you need to place a tree sapling in each of the designated tiles. However, to do this, every other square of dirt needs to be covered in a plant of any variety.

You can pick up flowers, fungi, grass and other plants from concrete tiles and place them on the dirt to cover it. Flowers cover individual squares of dirt, and fungi behave in the same way but also cover the adjacent tiles and reeds only spread on the sand. Later levels also introduce other plants, such as sweet potatoes and tomatoes, each with their own unique behaviours.

The complexity is that these plants make it easy to cover the area, but you must keep the tiles where the trees go clear of pants. This means you need to ensure grass or other plants won't spread onto them by blocking them off with flowers or other plants. However, this very same mechanic of blocking can harm your efforts as well, as all too easily you can block off entire sections of the board from being covered.

It's a novel idea for a game, which offers a uniquely challenging puzzle experience that prioritises experimenting with the game mechanics to find a solution, and rewards outside-the-box thinking, determination and persistence.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/01/2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Web

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Tim Knauf (@TimKnauf)

Players: 1

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between half an hour and 2 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. It's a game that requires experimentation, forethought and logical thinking to beat.

CostsCosts

Kiri's Garden

Web Free
 
This game is free to play. Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. You can play for free on the Kiri's Garden web page.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Kiri's Garden Accessibility Report documents 20 accessibility features:
The game is very difficult, and the lack of hints and tutorials is rather noticeable, as the game expects you to figure out its mechanics through experimentation. You can undo as many goes as you want, and easily restart a level should you need to.

Although it's played on a web browser, so can be loaded on any device with internet, you need a keyboard to play.

You need to be able to distinguish between a lot of different colours, such as red, yellow, green, purple, light and dark brown, and more, which is important to note, especially for colourblind players.

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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