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Posted: 3 months ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

The Garden Path is a slice-of-life simulation game about the small pleasures of gardening. You tend to a world and make it your own through fishing, growing, trading and making new friends. As you do an adventure emerges.

After leaving your old life you head to the wilderness and discover a long-forgotten garden in the dense woods, waiting to be tended. Play involves exploring the space, planting and growing things. Unlike many gardening games the focus here is on a slower pace of life and the quiet moments of reflection.

Although you can play as long as you like, there's no need to spend hours here. Time proceeds in concert with the real world. Things grow while you are away, and the passing of real-world seasons heralds new encounters and new stories.

As you spend time in the world, charming inhabitants will come and go. Bunk, the tea-brewing macaque. Larto, a Greenlandic Musk Ox with a penchant for song-fish. The characters are strange and intriguing. Some will be passing through but as you tend your patch of land some visitors will make their home alongside your own.

The result is a calming game about slowing down and taking time. You can discover a tender world of familiar sights and sounds, melody, and friendly faces. A space to call your own, to curate, and to reflect.

Coming to PC this year, then Switch in 2022.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: From Carrot Cake (@FromCarrotCake)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 15 minutes and half an hour to play a round of this game. The game can last as long as you like. Most will play in short daily sessions.
 
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 not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

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

AccessibilityAccessibility

Reaction time isn't critical but some actions require presses within a few seconds.

Speaker is indicated with a small arrow. Your internal monologue doesn't indicate anyone else.

The head-up display is minimal by design but you can also turn off some items if they are a distraction.

You can highlight plants to interact with by holding a button. This helps locate them from a short distance. When you approach other characters an icon pops up to indicate interaction.

Although there are some small interactive items, you can zoom in your view of the world to make them larger.
 
Our The Garden Path Accessibility Report documents 26 accessibility features:

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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