Manifold Garden Review

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Posted: 7 months ago, last updated 6 months ago.

Author: Andy 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.

While you will be repeatedly wondering "what just happened", to begin with. 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.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 18/10/2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS Apple Arcade.

Genres: Open World, Puzzle and Simulation.

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 6 hours and 10 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

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

Subscription: This game is free to play on iOS with Apple Arcade subscription. You can't play this on iOS without Apple Arcade.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated PEGI 3+.


This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.


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