Review: The Undergarden

The Cheezy One

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Aaaw thats sweet! Don't think I'll get it, puzzle games aren't really my thing, but it would definitely be top of my list.
 

SenseOfTumour

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Well, it looks bloody lovely, and I think gamers are slowly becoming more open to games that don't involve shotguns, so I hope it'll do well. If the casual gamer market hears of it, I sense it'll do well in the growing female over 30 group most of all.
 

Evilsanta

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Wow it looks so cute and cuddly...As puzzle games isnt my strong side i think it will take some time before i get this.
 

Marowit

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My girlfriend looooooved Limbo(the puzzles along with the ambiance), and I think she'll be taken in by the cuteness overload of this game. I'm glad I'll be able to have her watch the video review to see if it's something she wants to pick up though.
 

Grahav

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SenseOfTumour said:
Well, it looks bloody lovely, and I think gamers are slowly becoming more open to games that don't involve shotguns, so I hope it'll do well. If the casual gamer market hears of it, I sense it'll do well in the growing female over 30 group most of all.
Yeah, it is strange that the only red it is from flowers and the explosions only affect rocks.
 

Andronicus

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Ahhh, my kind of game. It's always refreshing to see a game where guns aren't the solution, and the solution just so happens to be MOAR KYOOTNESS!!
 

Susan Arendt

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I am fairly sure that the positive review has nothing to do with the fact that The Undergarden was advertised on the Escapist.
 

Aidinthel

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AnythingOutstanding said:
I am fairly sure that the positive review has nothing to do with the fact that The Undergarden was advertised on the Escapist.
Perhaps they agreed to advertise when they decided it was good.
 

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This and "Kirby's Epic Yarn" have made me wonder if games really do need to be immensely hard to be challenging. You can't die in "K.E.Y." and I guess you can't in this one neither, but it that a problem? As far as I can tell this is what the Extra Credits guys meant when they were talking about easy games this week. You can have a lot of fun if a game has enough quality to it. You can do without a story, enemies, NPCS and any of the other staples of modern (and retro/arcade) gaming as long as the game is consistent and progressive to remain challenging and engaging throughout. Some of the most minimalist games out there have been the ones that have withstood the test of time without much degradation or changes to the original formula; Tetris being the prime example.
 
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While its not something I can play for long stretches (Usually I'll clear 1 or 2 courses in a sitting) its an enjoyable, if somewhat quirky game. However trying to move the musicians around en mass sometimes feels like more pain than its worth, to me at least. (Level 4, I'm looking at you)
 

someotherguy

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To be honest, It looks like something i'd have on the tv at a party for people to pick up at play, other than that. eh.
 

Susan Arendt

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AnythingOutstanding said:
I am fairly sure that the positive review has nothing to do with the fact that The Undergarden was advertised on the Escapist.
I wanted to do this review because I found the game to be unusual and charming, and quite possibly under most folks' radars. I had no idea they were going to be doing any marketing with us.
 

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k-ossuburb said:
This and "Kirby's Epic Yarn" have made me wonder if games really do need to be immensely hard to be challenging. You can't die in "K.E.Y." and I guess you can't in this one neither, but it that a problem? As far as I can tell this is what the Extra Credits guys meant when they were talking about easy games this week. You can have a lot of fun if a game has enough quality to it. You can do without a story, enemies, NPCS and any of the other staples of modern (and retro/arcade) gaming as long as the game is consistent and progressive to remain challenging and engaging throughout. Some of the most minimalist games out there have been the ones that have withstood the test of time without much degradation or changes to the original formula; Tetris being the prime example.
I was thinking something similar. I have spent hours on Chime and probably months on Electroplankton, but they are nice games to relax with and very easy to just pick up and mess around with and then put them down again.
 

Zhukov

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Hmm. Looks alright, but not really my thing. Reminds me somewhat of Aquaria.

Also, is it always you who reviews the odd little off-beat games? Or am I just imagining it?
 

Susan Arendt

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Zhukov said:
Hmm. Looks alright, but not really my thing. Reminds me somewhat of Aquaria.

Also, is it always you who reviews the odd little off-beat games? Or am I just imagining it?
Tends to be me, yeah. :) One of the things I really enjoy about getting to do this for a living is introducing people to games they might not otherwise give a chance. So when I have the chance to cover something a little off-center, I do it.
 

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Zhukov said:
Hmm. Looks alright, but not really my thing. Reminds me somewhat of Aquaria.

Also, is it always you who reviews the odd little off-beat games? Or am I just imagining it?
AQUARIA!!! Omfg that game is absolutely fantastic and way too underrated/overlooked. If that game had been a 360 release, it would've been in my top 3 along with Portal and some other game I'm not sure on. The visuals and music are both near perfection and combine to make the game one of the best examples of superb environmental settings that I've ever seen. (seriously varied and amazing soundtrack- sometimes one the most beautiful things I've ever heard, sometimes frightening or foreboding, sometimes upbeat and uplifting, but ALWAYS catchy and melodic) I can't recomend it enough.

This game is definitely up my alley. Puzzles, exploration, platforming, color, music, challenges, replayability- All things I look for in games. Definite buy for me I think.
 

Zacharine

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Zhukov said:
Hmm. Looks alright, but not really my thing. Reminds me somewhat of Aquaria.
It does seem to bear more than a passing resemblance. Which, in my book, is a great thing.

Hmm, might be worth a try. I've been looking for a game to sink a few hours into and this one just might fit the bill.
 

ZephrC

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I might have to pick this up when I have some money. The world needs more games with a relaxed pace and more games that don't involve killing things.
 

Plurralbles

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The trailer on the D2D buy it area gave me chills. With that great of music I just might buy it. i will. Screw it. 10 bucks. That's nothing. Less than I paid for Minecraft and way less than I paid for a collection of table top games I will never use(again, advertised on your site, you guys are making this iimpulsive guy broke!)
 

Psydney

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Thank you for calling the protagonist a "grinning monkey thing." Maybe eventually that will cleanse the image from the reviewer who called it a teletubby :)
 

blankedboy

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THIS GAME IS KAIIIII
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It's not that unique... puzzle games like that are already everywhere.
And it's got no enemies, so what?
 

felixader

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Ms. Arendt i seriously really love to watch your reviews and listening to your friendly warmth voice, lovingly describing the game.

^.^ Awesomely relaxing, always, and especially when the game is cute.
 

seekeroftruth86

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This game totally reminds me of Ecco the Dolphin. You float around and get past obstacles in a series of caves. I even thought this was underwater when I first saw it! That's about where the similarities end though.

I like puzzle games like these that just ooze atmosphere and an immense appreciation for beauty and exploration. I will definitely check this one out!
 

wagglelance

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I don't know if this is a remake and re-modle of the PS3 indie game bought on the PS network, but it is so close to the game Eden that it's hard not to think that.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzX64KAunX0&feature=related
If it is, I wish some of the original stuff is added into it. And if not, I still wish some of the original stuff was added in. But if you have ever played Eden you will notice how similar these two games are. Same concept, pretty much the same game play. I personally like Eden a bit more. If someone else can do a little research on the link between Eden and UnderGarden that would be nice.
On an end point, I don't know if I should be happy or upset that these games are so similar.
 

Luke Cartner

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What I want to know is, is it the type of game my 3 year old can enjoy, we have seen it on steam and he indicated he wanted to play it. I'm just not sure if he would find the game play too frustrating or not
 

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Susan Arendt said:
Tends to be me, yeah. :) One of the things I really enjoy about getting to do this for a living is introducing people to games they might not otherwise give a chance. So when I have the chance to cover something a little off-center, I do it.
"But for those who grok it's strange charm"

Grok...a "Stranger In A Strange Land" reference if I'm not mistaken...if so, you're now my favourite reviewer :p
 

WarpGhost

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Lopunny said:
Susan Arendt said:
Tends to be me, yeah. :) One of the things I really enjoy about getting to do this for a living is introducing people to games they might not otherwise give a chance. So when I have the chance to cover something a little off-center, I do it.
"But for those who grok it's strange charm"

Grok...a "Stranger In A Strange Land" reference if I'm not mistaken...if so, you're now my favourite reviewer :p
Agreed, as if the sexy voice and review style weren't enough to endear her to me already, grok definitely does it =)
 

jamradar

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Welcome to The Undergarden we've got fun and games...
I have no idea why that is the first thing that popped into my head.

OT: Actually looks like a nice kid friendly puzzle game.Although I wonder how hard it gets later on, allot of puzzle games start off deceptively simple and then get incredibly difficult (at least for me). I wont be getting it though, as puzzle games aren't exactly my cup of tea.
 

Susan Arendt

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Luke Cartner said:
What I want to know is, is it the type of game my 3 year old can enjoy, we have seen it on steam and he indicated he wanted to play it. I'm just not sure if he would find the game play too frustrating or not
With a little help from mom and dad, he's probably enjoy it. Making it to the end isn't that difficult - finding all the stuff is where the challenge really lies. You can float around and grow flowers pretty easily, so if you're there to help him through the few things he can't manage, he should have fun.
 

Luke Cartner

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Susan Arendt said:
Luke Cartner said:
What I want to know is, is it the type of game my 3 year old can enjoy, we have seen it on steam and he indicated he wanted to play it. I'm just not sure if he would find the game play too frustrating or not
With a little help from mom and dad, he's probably enjoy it. Making it to the end isn't that difficult - finding all the stuff is where the challenge really lies. You can float around and grow flowers pretty easily, so if you're there to help him through the few things he can't manage, he should have fun.
Thanks
 

ManiacEskimo

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Having just played this on Steam, it is the WORST game my friends and I have ever played that we found on Steam. All praise be to VALVe for letting us just play the demo to get the treasure chest.