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Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Gardening sim is cute but doesn't dig deep enough.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2014
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GARDENING MAMA 2: FOREST FRIENDS rates high on the cute factor, with lots of cuddly forest friends in need of help. And there are plenty of mini-games, all of which can be replayed from the main menu. Unfortunately, it may feel like a journey to nowhere. Sure, you can continue to grow and decorate your garden, something many players will enjoy. But, with no levels to complete, trophies to unlock, milestones to reach, or story progression, some kids will be quickly bored.

The mini-games, many of which will be familiar from the previous Gardening Mama, are a mixed bag. Some are a lot of fun, but others are tedious or too difficult. None of them has appropriate instructions. Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends is a fine game for kids who like to play at their own speed, decorate and unlock things, and play some quick mini-games. Those who prefer to have a plot to follow will want to look elsewhere.

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