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Nintendo 3DSFamily Friendly Gaming (Feb 25, 2016)
Gardenscapes is the next logical step for the hidden object genre. This game gives us something interesting to play for, and a reason to be quick. Tapping around the screen randomly (my favorite lazy way of playing) is punished in Gardenscapes.
WindowsGameZebo (Oct 05, 2009)
I've been working through many hidden object games lately so I have plenty of recent titles with which to compare this one, and Gardenscapes is easily one of my current favorites. I just wish it lasted a little longer.
WindowsNZGamer (Jan 23, 2011)
What do you get for completing the game? You have the option of making your garden into a screen saver. It's a great little feature, full of animation and activity. It’s something a bit different and acts as a reminder that the game is their waiting to be played again. A simple, additive game and one which we found was a lot of fun to play.
WindowsGame Critics (Oct 20, 2009)
Gardenscapes is definitely a casual game. Its simulation attributes (i.e. the restoration of the garden) are not very deep at all. The goal of garden renovation—such as it is—is to win a garden contest by buying one of everything. There are only three variants of any one garden decoration—three benches, three fountains, three kinds of statues. I would definitely have liked to see this sim aspect fleshed out more. It doesn't have to be Gran Turismo in a garden, but more choices and more consequences of same would've been nice.
Nintendo 3DSWiiloveit (Dec 24, 2012)
Overall, Gardenscapes is organized in a less-than-ordinary fashion that just might leave you with a better impression or outlook on Hidden Object games. With welcome delivery, there's quite a bit for both fans and non-fans of the genre to get excited about. The only thing that will leave you feeling a little cloudy is the fact that the simulation aspect needed better treatment. But the fun still shines through and the game can rightly be awarded a friendly recommendation.
Nintendo 3DSNintendoWorldReport (Feb 06, 2013)
Gardenscapes is not a game you would want to play for long periods of time, but only when you have a few minutes to spare. It is easier than most hidden object games, so you should never become overly frustrated. It’s nice to see a game of this genre with some underlying purpose, even if that purpose is simply buying garden upgrades.
Nintendo 3DSNintendo Life (Dec 18, 2012)
If you're looking for a novel fusion of object hunting and garden design gameplay, Gardenscapes will leave you feeling wilted. The garden-tending aspect of the game is frustratingly underdeveloped, and really only serves as a fun - if limited - way to watch your progress in the hidden object game. That said, the item-seeking at the heart of the game is well done, and the pastoral setting is a nice change of pace. Fans of the genre should have a good time digging through Gardenscapes - just don't expect anything too novel or exciting to pop up in this patch.
WindowsJayIsGames (Nov 14, 2009)
Played in small chunks or huge blocks of time, Gardenscapes is casual gameplay at its finest, a never-ending delight of HOG fun intertwined with the sim-like atmosphere of spectacular garden. It's time to pull on those gloves, slap on a sun-hat, stake a "jumble sale" sign in the front yard and go green!