[PlayStation 5] Garden Life: A Cozy Simulator Review

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Garden Life: A Cozy Simulator from NACON and stillalive studios is a chill and relaxing gardening experience on PS5. Check our Garden Life: A Cozy Simulator review!

Garden Life: A Cozy Simulator from NACON and stillalive studios is a chill and relaxing gardening experience on PlayStation 5. After Robin passes away, you decide to volunteer to take care of the garden that they previously tended to. The garden has certainly seen better days, and it’s now up to you to help the community recover such a precious space. You’ll be greeted by Jasmine, who had previously written you a thank you note. She’ll help you get started with a series of short tutorial segments.

There are two ways for you to play Garden Life: Story Mode and Creative Mode. Story Mode will allow you to take on the story of how the garden will grow under your watch. You’ll meet the colorful cast of characters that help to bring everything to life. As for Creative Mode, you’ll get a chance to have all elements at your disposal and ready to go right from the start so that you can let the creative juices flow. Do know that you won’t be able to earn trophies if you play in Creative Mode – more on trophies in a bit.

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You’ll control your character with the left analog stick as you look around with the right one. You can use the L1 and R1 buttons to cycle between the stuff you’re currently carrying, whether dead plants, leaf piles, or some useful tools for your new gardening life. You have a finite capacity, so be sure to safeguard any tools you don’t need right away. To open up your rucksack, you only need to press the Triangle button so that you can make good use of what you’re storing.

Your first task will be to remove the weeds that have grown in the garden. The best tool to help you with this is the sickle, but since you just got here, you’ll have to pluck them by hand! Once you remove them – along with some lead piles – you can place everything in the compost bin so they can all turn into compost that you can feed to your plants. Compost is very useful since it can help plants grow faster.

While having some weeds in the garden might help to keep pests away, having too many will only have them stealing water from your plants. You’ll also have to use the shovel that Jasmine gives you so that you can more easily remove dead plants. After that’s been dealt with, you’ll be able to use the seeds that you found to grow some plants. Just be sure to pay attention to how much room each plant type needs so that they all have a chance of making it! If you have any questions about this, you can check Robin’s plant book to get a better idea.

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There are dozens of plants for you to keep in mind, which is why the plant book is certainly worth its weight in gold! How else would you know that the amaryllis – which stands out thanks to its trumped-shaped blooms and vibrant colors – can grow in the fall and winter? Or that the bleeding heart – a.k.a. Dicentra – is particularly sturdy and can manage to survive through droughts? There’s plenty of info in the plant book, so be sure to check it out!

But plants can’t grow if you don’t water them, so you should fill up your watering can and make sure that all plants have enough water to continue to grow. You’ll need to water them each day, as well as trim what grows so that you can use the flowers to complete the tasks that you’ll receive in the mailbox each day. There are many things for you to do… as you can see from the in-game to-do list. You’ll have to place a bench, set up a garden stall, sort out a garden hose, have the bridge rebuilt, have the rubble cleared away, open up the greenhouse, complete the plant book, and help Jasmine with the pavilion.

You’ll have to complete tasks to be able to earn money. For these, you’ll receive postcards and will need to place the required items in a big red box when done. Take, for example, Jasmine’s request early in the game. Since she’s working on a gift for her fiánce, Marcus, she needs you to help her by collecting some daffodils. To cut them, you’ll definitely need to get your hands on some pruning shears. For this, you’ll have to pay Leslie a visit. Leslie is the one in charge of running the gardening store in the village square. You can use your bike to get there.

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Since the pruning shears are needed for completing the game’s introductory segment, you will be able to get them from Leslie at no cost. Other tools, such as the quick seed fertilizer, the trowel, the bug hotel – yes, really – or the hose, will require you to spend your hard-earned money to add them to your tool collection. You’ll also be able to buy new seeds from Leslie, as well as some decorations for the garden or special bags filled with Leslie’s finest soil for all of your gardening needs.

Trophy-wise, Garden Life has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy waiting for you. And since this one is a Cross-Buy title, if you own a PlayStation 5 console, you’ll be able to download the PS4 and PS5 versions of the game, and each one will have its own trophy list for you to work on. Each list has 22 Bronze trophies, 12 Silver trophies, and 3 Gold trophies for you to work on. What will you need to do for this Platinum? The objectives include sitting on a bench, completing the first day in the game, completing the tutorial, pruning a plant for the first time, harvesting a new seed variant, completing a request, planting 50 flowers, harvesting 100 seeds, and completing the plant book, to name some examples.

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Garden Life: A Cozy Simulator is a chill and relaxing gardening experience on PlayStation 5. After Robin passes away, you decide to volunteer to take care of the garden that they previously tended to. This will allow you to get involved in a new, welcoming community that could certainly use your touch to bring the garden back to life. It’s an easy-to-pick-up experience that is fun to take on PlayStation 5. Garden Life is available as a Cross-Buy title, so your $24.99 purchase will allow you to download both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost.

This Garden Life review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by NACON.

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