[Nintendo Switch] Botany Manor Review

by EdEN, Owner

Botany Manor from Whitethorn Games and Balloon Studios is a cozy first-person adventure on Nintendo Switch. Learn more in our Botany Manor review!

Botany Manor from Whitethorn Games and Balloon Studios is a cozy first-person adventure on Nintendo Switch. Your journey starts in the 1890s at the titular location, as you collect a piece of parcel that was recently delivered. Inside the package? The Forgotten Flora Herbarium by Arabella Greene… the character you’ll be playing as! Your task is to completely fill up its pages so that you can submit it back to Mayflower Publishing House to see if you can get a deal for them to print your book.

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With the game being played from a first-person perspective, you’ll be walking with the left analog stick as you look around you with the right one. To sprint, just press and hold down the L button. You can interact by pressing the A button. Any item you’re currently holding can be inspected by pressing the Y button. You can use the ZR button to zoom in and get a better look at things. Your Herbarium can be opened by pressing the X button. From there, you can check the book by flipping through pages with the L and R buttons as needed.

What do you need to do for the Herbarium? You’ll need to add maps for the grounds, ground floor, first floor, and second floor of Botany Manor. On top of that, you’ll have to add a lot of info over the book’s five chapters. The first chapter, called A Fresh Start, is the shorter of the bunch, with only a couple of pages and one page for the chapter’s clues. This is to be expected because the first chapter in the game will serve as the tutorial, teaching you the basics while you work your way through it.

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Unfortunately, due to your absence from Botany Manor, the place is not what it used to be. Things have deteriorated, even though the staff tried their best to keep everything in as good of a shape as possible. You’ll get started by picking up a sheet of potting instructions and a pack of Windmill Wort seeds. After you collect them, you can get started with trying to plant and nurture your first new specimen on this academic journey.

For this process, a pot needs to be placed on a saucer. You’ll then have to add soil to the pot, plant a seed, and water said seed. Simple, right? When you pick up the seed, you’ll notice there’s already a pot placed on a saucer. Next to it is a small sack of soil with a handy trowel so that you can scoop up some soil for the pot. The seeds will be stored inside the seeds inventory cabinet, and your watering can will be right next to the potting plant. After you have your plant, you’ll need to bring it to another spot and adjust the heat vent’s temperature so that it’s within the ideal range.

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Finding clues about each plant that you’ll grow will also be needed, at least if you want to 100% the game! Once you locate the clues, you’ll be able to open up the Herborium and add the right clues in the corresponding spots. You might find the temperature range at which a plant thrives and the countries where it has been successfully cultivated, or the potential qualities of said plants and how they can be used to help us. Smoking a plant to help it grow? Who knew!

The game offers some accessibility options for you to consider. You can make it so that pressing the L button toggles your sprint and do the same for zooming with the ZR button. Another one is accelerating your walking or having a crosshair in the middle of the screen to make things easier on your end. You can even adjust the crosshair’s size! Another big one is enabling single-stick navigation so that you can use the left analog stick to both move around and rotate the camera. You can also adjust the game to account for motion sickness by changing the smoothness of the camera and its sensitivity, changing the camera field of view, or adding a soft, dark border around the edges of the screen.

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Botany Manor is a cozy first-person adventure in which you’ll take on the role of Arabella Greene, who is trying to complete a book called The Forgotten Flora Herbarium so that it can hopefully be published by Mayflower Publishing House. Along with making seeds grow into plants the good old-fashioned way, you’ll also be working on making some specific plants grow by using what might seem like peculiar methods. Heating up a pot on the fire to change the soil’s qualities? Sure! Squeezing a bunch of apples so that their juices nurture the Pixie Tears? Why not! Who knows, you might even need to play a tune or two to make a plant grow. It’s a fun journey that should take you around 4-5 hours or so to complete. Botany Manor is out on Nintendo Switch with a $24.99 price tag.

This Botany Manor review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Whitethorn Games.

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