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The UnderGarden (Windows)

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The UnderGarden is a game set in an underwater world and it focuses on exploration. The player guides a creature through various underwater caverns. Starting from a main hub there are different environments that are unlocked gradually. There are a number of goals such as collecting special flowers or a hidden crystal, but these are not mandatory and all levels can be completed without collecting any of those. The "zen" experience comes first as the creature can bring back colour to the caverns to create a lush underwater garden.

To restore colour the creature has to collect pollen. By bumping sacks highlighted in green small sparkles of seed are collected and fill up a bar. Swimming in the vicinity of any plant then makes it grow in a wide variety of colours. There is no reward attached to the action, but it is the main game mechanic. There are also musicians that can be carried around to re-bloom flora to a different colour palette. Both pollen and musicians are dragged around by charging to generate a halo and the latter can be released when they are no longer needed. The creature can also boost to gain more speed.

Even though most areas can be crossed without many obstacles, there is a small number of puzzles. Certain entrances are blocked by rocks or levers. The player has to locate special plants that generate fruit that can be carried around as well. There are yellow flowers that press objects down, blue ones that raise objects, and also red plants that provide bombs to blow up rocks. Later levels introduce powerful currents that steer the character in a certain directions and blue balls that drain all collected pollen. The different levels are connected through warp zones. There are also checkpoints; when stuck you can warp back to the latest one. There are no opponents, there is no health system and the creature cannot die. The game can be played cooperatively with another creature helping to bring back colour.


The UnderGarden Windows Approaching the warp zone to move on to a new area.
The UnderGarden Windows An explosion clears the rocks.
The UnderGarden Windows Activating the warp zone to enter an area.
The UnderGarden Windows Use the balls to push down the platform.

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GamingTrend Nov 09, 2010 83 out of 100 83
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Nov 16, 2010 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Mygamer.com Nov 20, 2010 7.4 out of 10 74
PC Invasion (INC Gamers) Nov 25, 2010 7.2 out of 10 72
Hooked Gamers Dec 17, 2010 7 out of 10 70
DarkZero Dec 14, 2010 7 out of 10 70
Gaming Age Nov 17, 2010 B- 67
IGN Nov 16, 2010 6.5 out of 10 65
Game Watcher Nov 19, 2010 6 out of 10 60
Gaming Nexus Nov 19, 2010 C+ 58


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