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Strange Horticulture Review
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Posted: 3 months ago, last updated 6 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Strange Horticulture is an occult puzzle detective game where you run a plant shop. While you identify and sell new plants to your customers you discover and influence their interweaving lives. It's unusual because your power is in your knowledge of your plants and the challenge is how you wield this to affect the story and unravel Undermere’s dark mysteries.

Play involves finding and identifying plants so you are ready to serve customers who come in with a range of peculiar requests. One may be after a plant improve their hearing another may seek a remedy to sleep, open locks or find lost items. If you diligently follow clues and put time into research you can be ready with the right plant for their needs.

Once you have found a plant using the map and clues, you can put it under a microscope to identify it with your trusty encyclopedia. This enables you to put your plants to work depending on their powers. There's a lot to keep track of but the game lets you organise your store how you want. You can use coloured labels, shelves or maybe decide to leave it unsorted. Similarly you can decide how you progress and experiment with different remedies. There's not always a single way to do things, and that's part of the charm.

But more than the single puzzles, it's the way the stories intertwine and reveal the larger events of the world that is most intriguing. At the narrative deepens you gain more powerful plants that can influence the unfolding events by helping or hindering your different customers.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/01/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Play

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Bad Viking Games (@BadVikingGames)

Players: 1

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 7 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.

Although there is no violence depicted, some of the narrative (in some endings) involves textual description of violent scenes including dismemberment.

Skill Rating

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger children may enjoy the plant identification and discovery but the social and interweaving stories of the game need some emotional intelligence to make sense of.

CostsCosts

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

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Strange Horticulture Accessibility Report documents 27 accessibility features:
The default text setting in the game is not large or easy to read, but there is an option in the settings for "simplified text" which changes the font to clear and readable font, (note “simplified text” this refers only to the font and not the content).

The default text size is not very large, but you can zoom in on all of the objects, text, images, etc, in the game at any time, making it possible to find an optimal viewing size. Zooming in on the various items and text are key to solving some of the puzzles.

You are able to move around everything on your workspace as you need it while exploring things, including a drawer to put away items you aren't currently using. There are several tools provided, such as a magnifying glass and a viewing device to hone in on specific map areas one grid at a time, which helps with processing the information in this game and keeps the focus on solving the puzzles.

Hints are available whenever you want, and can be expanded to provide additional guidance. There are consequences of choices and events that matter, but when you fail too many challenges the game provides you with a way to recover from your mistakes and continue moving forward.

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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