A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players belong to an agency that travels through time and corrects discrepancies in history.
Positive Role Models
Players start out as a rookie detective and earn credibility by completing quests and upgrading their garden. Players are mentored by positive role models in the Time Society but there is also intrigue between certain characters and it's not immediately clear who is telling the truth.
Ease of Play
Gameplay is an easy-to-learn mixture of building simulation and hidden object searches. Hidden object searches grant unlimited hints, and players can switch to full-screen mode to make objects larger and easier to see.
Products & Purchases
The game sells a premium currency that is used to speed up the game and purchase exclusive items. Players are asked if they want to spend premium currency, or purchase more using real-world cash if they don't have enough.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gardens of Time is a hidden object game that is played on the Facebook social network. The game is free to play, but players can purchase premium currency using real-world cash to speed up the game and buy exclusive items. Players benefit from having friends who also play the game, but are never encouraged to friend strangers. There is no objectionable content but the game can be addictive. While this game can appeal to kids as young as age 9, they will not be able to play it since it is found on Facebook, which has an age gate of 13.
Is It Any Good?
Garden of Time deftly combines two extremely popular casual game genres in an attempt to appeal fans of both CityVille-type social sims and seek-and-find games like Mystery Case Files. Fans of hidden object games will be in heaven, with more than 40 seek-and-find scenes that can be replayed an infinite number of times with randomized item lists. The building sim portion of the game is enjoyable too, with an elegant Victorian esthetic and the ability for friends to visit each other' gardens and play a special Blitz mode that involves finding as many hidden objects as possible in 60 seconds.
Gardens of Time weaves its gameplay elements together with a progressive storyline advanced through the completion of quests, so players have an impetus to keep playing that goes beyond amassing points and decorations. There's some of the usual pressure to invite friends, post game-related status updates, and spend real-world cash on exclusive items, but Gardens of Time isn't as aggressive in these areas as some other titles.
Online interaction: Players progress faster in the game by having friends who also play the game. They can exchange gifts with these people, visit each other's gardens, and help complete their buildings. The game does not prompt players to add strangers as friends. Players can compare high scores on a leaderboard and post game-related status updates to their Facebook walls.
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