Gardener’s Path from Viridino Studios and Ratalaika Games is a top-down puzzle adventure game set in an underground facility. Check our Gardener’s Path review!
Solve increasingly elaborate puzzles scattered throughout 60 handcrafted gardens, each one with its own set of friends and foes. Take advantage of a fight by wielding powerful artifacts, allowing you to travel back in time and perform elemental attacks.
Thousands of years ago, Earth wasn’t able to produce oxygen for everyone. Seeing this, engineers built giant underground gardens to produce oxygen and send it to the surface. For Gardener’s Path, you’ll play as Amora, a protector of said underground gardens. This introduction serves as the foundation for this puzzle. You’ll traverse through each room by pressing one of four directions on the D-Pad or the left analog stick, which will allow Amora to slide in said direction until running into an obstacle. Your goal is simple: hit the blue crystal on each level.
You’re not alone in the dungeon since as you’ll meet up with a lot of gnomes, who are the garden’s residents. They’ll give you some advice on your quest and help you learn more about the hazards and the plants you’ll run into. Speaking of which, the first one you’ll encounter is a cactus that will kill you if you run into it. The difficulty starts on the easy side of things during the first ten levels or so, but over the course of the 60 levels that this game has to offer, they will become increasingly more challenging. I liked how each new element is introduced at an easy level so that you can familiarize yourself with it.
As for the presentation, I liked the pixel art for Gardener’s Path, although it does make it harder for some objects to differentiate from one another given the similar colors palette and small scale. The background music is okay and definitely fits with the puzzle experience, but it’s not particularly memorable.
If you want to know more about the trophies, since this one is from Ratalaika Games, you can expect to get a new Platinum trophy for your collection as long as you complete all 60 levels in the game. Since it’s a Cross-Buy release, you’ll get both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5 versions with your purchase, which means that if you own a PS5, you can get two Platinum trophies for one low price. The trophy list is split into one Silver trophy, eleven Gold trophies, and then the Platinum trophy.
I liked the puzzle elements of Gardener’s Path and thought that the pixel art and level design were solid, with an increasing difficulty curve at a steady pace. You might run into some levels that can give you a bit of trouble, which might make you turn towards a guide. Gardener’s Path is out on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 as a Cross-Buy title with a low price of only $4.99.
If you’re looking for help to get you through this adventure, we definitively recommend this trophy guide.
This Gardener’s Path review is based on a PlayStation copy provided by Ratalaika Games.