Parents' Guide to

The Gardens Between

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Clever time manipulation tests patience, puzzle skills.

App iPhone , iPad Paid Puzzle Games
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Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 5+
age 5+

Occasionally frustrating

This is a decent game, with tricky parts where you have to wind time forwards and backwards to carry the light to the right place to complete the level. My kids are 8 and 6, and they enjoy playing this on the Stadia. It's quite calming due to the music, imagery, and pace. I guess it helps kids with their resilience and puzzle-solving techniques.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Though not for everyone — action junkies need not apply — this puzzle game of time manipulation will delight those looking for an interesting intellectual challenge. In The Gardens Between, you have to help two teenagers who were sucked into a vortex and wound up in some strange land where balls of light work as keys and switches to unlock passageways, turn on bridges, and open the way to the next level. It's not entirely sure who you happen to be when you play the game -- perhaps you're God or an overseer of this strange world -- but you have to manipulate time, shifting it back and forth, so the kids can get the light balls where they need to be. This, of course, gets increasingly challenging, with you often having to shift time repeatedly, and subtlety, to figure out a solution and then make it happen.

Constantly trying to figure out what you need to trigger and shift around in each level is part of the twist with the gameplay, which is why this game is somewhere between a puzzling adventure game and an adventurous puzzle game. It's also why, despite being challenging and clever, it'll be a bit slow for those more interested in testing their reflexes than their minds. The puzzles also don't evolve greatly from one area to the next, though they do over the course of the game, so while you'll eventually see new tests of your skills, you'll still be engaged from start to finish. All of this makes The Gardens Between a compelling game for those who have the time and patience for it.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPad
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: May 29, 2019
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Topics: Adventures
  • Publisher: The Voxel Agents
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 11.0 or later
  • Last updated: October 20, 2020

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