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Video GameManifold Garden Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Manifold Garden is inspired by Escher drawings and the reality-bending moments in the film Inception. You play from a first-person perspective and explore a beautiful, and what seems to be an abstract world, bereft of colour. It takes time to master and enjoy, but with patience and effort offers an experience like encountering an ancient cathedral.

You soon discover that you can walk up to any surface and press a button to change gravity to that plane. You are basically turning walls into floors. Each of these surfaces is colour coded and you can only interact with objects of the corresponding colour. This sets up a basic puzzle challenge of geometry, gravity, doors and buttons.

After an hour or so, the game opens up and makes it clear that the architecture is in fact the real puzzle. The worlds are not as big as they first appear as they are constructed of repeating elements. This not only makes it mind-bending to explore but allows you to manipulate this repetition to make impossible jumps by repeatedly falling.

To begin with, you will be constantly wondering "what just happened". As you develop an instinct for navigating the world, Manifold Garden becomes a grand architectural landscape you can not only explore but master. This culminates in cultivating a garden to open new paths forward, where an eternal expanse awaits.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 18/10/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and iPhone, iPad

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Open World, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: William Chyr (@WilliamChyr)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 6 hours and 10 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to be able to deal with complex navigation in changing geography and architecture. Being able to think systematically is helpful as is a good sense of direction.

CostsCosts

Manifold Garden usually costs £14.99 to £21.99.
 

Manifold Garden

XBox Store Xbox One £16.74
PlayStation Store PS5 £14.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £14.99
Steam Store PC £15.99
Switch Store Switch £16.19
App Store iPhone, iPad Free

Apple Arcade

Manifold Garden Deluxe Edition

PlayStation Store PS4 £21.99
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

AccessibilityAccessibility


On PlayStation you can use Activity Cards for advice videos when you are stuck.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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