This is the third game in the Keep It or Delete It review series. Gardenscapes is a match three puzzle game made by Playrix.
How I Played Gardenscapes
I have played this game off and on for quite a while. I play the game on my smartphone, and I was playing level 167 and Day 4 at the time of this review.
The Game Is Fun but Feels Slow
The game is somewhat fun to play, but It feels a bit slower than I would like. I have been playing faster-paced match three games more recently so that factors into things.
There Is Some Variety in Levels
There is also a nice variety in levels, but things progress somewhat slower as the game has thousands of levels. This can be good or bad, depending on how much you like the game.
The Story in Gardenscapes
The story like the name implies is about fixing up the gardens and outdoor areas of a house you inherit. You progress to different areas as you beat levels and fix and repair various things.
The Story to Me Was Boring
I sometimes forget why I am even doing story tasks. This happened when I came back to the game to review it. The story is just not too interesting to me, and a bit slow.
As with other games like this, I tend to collect the stars or whatever story currency is being used and then progress in the story when I am done playing for the day.
The Game Has Nice Events
The game has somewhat nice events. It is possible to earn free coins when you need it. There are also leaderboard events if you like that sort of thing.
The Game Looks Nice
I am still not a fan of the 3D animations, but they look nice enough in this game. The game area looks great, and I like how the match three pieces and other puzzle elements look. I like the colorful graphics of this game.
I Like How the Match Pieces and Animations Look
The game area is somewhat exciting with its explosive powerups and interesting animations. I wish more games had more active matching animations like this game.
The Game Sounds Great
The game also sounds great. I like the sounds enough in this game to feel like I am missing something when the game is muted.
The music is nice as well. I tend to prefer more action-orientated music than relaxing music, but it works for this game.
How Does This Game Get You to Spend Money?
The Game Sells a Currency
There is the usual in-app store here. This time you are buying coins. You use them for what you would expect. You buy boosters and powerups and to continue levels when you lose.
You can also use coins to progress in the story faster.
Is This Game Fair for People Who Don’t Spend Money?
This game is quite fair. I have not seen a level yet that I could not beat by using free boosters and powerups.
How Does This Game Annoy You?
This Game Has a Life Timer
Like in most match three games, you have to wait time to play the game after running out of lives. Being locked out of playing a game is annoying, as I want to play games when I want to.
You Need to Wait for Some Tasks to Be Completed
The one thing that irritates me about this game is that it makes you wait for some tasks to be completed.
The game makes you wait as if this task is being completed in real-time. This is a method for the developers to make more money as you can spend coins to skip the wait.
The Story Is Slow and Feels Like a List of Chores
I mentioned this before in the gameplay section, but the story feels very slow. This is because the game has thousands of levels, and I guess they can’t have you fix everything on the first day.
But instead of feeling like an epic story, it just feels like real life chores. The game makes you spend stars on the tiniest of tasks. So it feels like you are beating levels to complete a list of chores.
My Overall Thoughts on Gardenscapes
Gardenscapes looks and sounds great, and it is also somewhat fun to play. But the story is slow-paced and quite boring. I suppose if you can overlook the lack of excitement in the story, you will enjoy the game.
Do I Recommend Gardenscapes?
I suppose if you like match three games and the idea of fixing up a garden interests you will love Gardenscapes.
Will I Continue to Play Gardenscapes?
No, I will not play Gardenscapes anymore. There are too many puzzle games, to spend time in a game I don’t like that much.