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Game Giveaway of the day — Gnomes Garden

Help a young princess restore the beauty of the royal gardens!
$9.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 17 (100%) 0 (0%) 7 comments

Gnomes Garden was available as a giveaway on June 25, 2022!

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A wonderful garden had always brought joy to all the people of the kingdom and all the residents of the castle. But a dry summer withered the king's beloved garden and the surrounding gardens of the kingdom alike. The ruler has fallen ill and the kingdom is in danger. Help the princess save the gardens and make the king better again. Construct buildings, remove obstacles, repair damaged bridges and restore the beauty of the royal garden in Gnomes Garden!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 1.0 GHz; RAM: 512 MB; DirectX: 9.0; Hard Drive: 134 MB

Publisher:

ToomkyGames

Homepage:

https://www.bigfishgames.com/games/8615/gnomes-garden/

File Size:

92.1 MB

Price:

$9.99

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Gnome Garden:
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In Brief:
Gnome Garden is a resource management building game where you rebuild the kings garden that had withered away one harsh year.
Gnome Garden was given away on the 5th January 2020 where it received a positive 94% from 18 votes with 6 comments which you can see HERE.
You can see a few videos of game play HERE, HERE and HERE.

You can see steam community comments and reviews of the game HERE, where it received very positive reviews (88%) from 199 votes.
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The Game:
Much like the third game, the story is easily the weakest component here. The game’s plot centres around a collection of kingdom gardens, gardens that were once lush and beautiful. Now, however, poor weather has withered the titular gardens and due to despair, the king has fallen ill. It falls to you to restore them to their former glory, and hopefully make the king feel better again in the process. This is all relayed to you through a collection of sliding screens. You can dismiss it altogether and dive on in, you really wouldn’t be missing much.

Gnomes Garden is a resource management game that doesn’t really do quite enough to truly stand out. Starting out at the castle of the aforementioned kingdom, players must make their way across a fairly sizable map in a giant loop, moving from one of the four differently themed areas to the next, landing right back at square one once complete. The idea here is that each of these four areas presumably represent a garden, and the several levels within each section present different parts of said garden. It’s simple to digest.

Each marker on the world map serves as a level, and by simply selecting that level, you’ll be taken to your garden section, ready to tackle whatever issues sit in wait. The game does a good job at feeding players into the fields of play. You can of course disable any help via turning the guide off, but in truth, everything is fairly self explanatory nonetheless. Each level within will grade you from zero to three stars, a system that’s dependent on the time it takes for you to successfully check every tedious problem off your list, level-by-level.
You’ll know how well you’re doing during each level, as the star system is placed to the right of the screen and will slowly deplete as time passes by. There’s no gated progress here. Whether you finish a level with three stars or none, you’ll be able to move onto the next. There’s some in-game milestones that will acknowledge better play, as well as an achievement for ranking three stars on every level, but outside of that, there’s not much that you’ll be missing out on if you simply move through each level and disregard rank.
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The game’s interface is clean and concise, as is the game’s controls, which being point and click, is a very important aspect. I do have one issue with interaction, however, and that is that when two objects are placed in close proximity, it can oftentimes be difficult to accurately interact with the right one. This, several times, led me to accidentally interacting with the wrong object. It’s relatively easy to overlook in the grand scheme of things, but it’s wildly frustrating when you mistakenly upgrade a building that didn’t need upgrading.

Either way, the main crux of Gnomes Garden is to resource manage and restore these withered locations. To do this, you’ll need to build bridges, repair buildings, fix crop huts, clear gravel, light beacons and several, several other nuisances that stand in your way. Each level will begin in the same way. You’ll have a starting hut with just one worker (you can upgrade this hut for additional workers) and must continuously gather a number of resources that are needed in order to work your way through your list of problems.

For instance, to restore a farm, you’ll need at least one worker, four logs of wood and two lots of crops. Wood can be picked up through hacking away at path-blocking logs or by building a sawmill – which will grant you a constant flow of timber. Crops are typically littered around each level and in the case that they’re not, you’re able to build a mill for that too. Once you’ve gathered the desired amount of resources, which is made clear whenever you hover the cursor over an object or mound, your worker will do the rest post-click.

As alluded to above, Gnomes Garden doesn’t throw too much at you to begin with. You’ll have little more than a few crop huts to mend, some timber to shift, stone to gather and buildings to repair. Later on, however, the game’s complexities shine through. You’ll be planting trees, lighting signal fires, chasing away trolls, trading items, and much of the above (and more), all at once. Thankfully, due to not being beholden to any gated progress, you’re free to do all of this at a brisk pace unless those stars really do mean a great deal to you.
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I’ll admit, I quite enjoyed the challenges that Gnomes Garden threw at me, especially during the later stages of the game. Having to work out where to best gather and then focus my resources, to then prioritize what I should work on first, was a blast. This is when Gnome Garden shines at its brightest. Sadly, the game’s biggest drawback is that it does become quite repetitive. You see, irrespective of what problems the game places on your lap, you’re still using the exact same concept and resources throughout, which becomes tedious.

It would have been nice to see some additional resources or management systems implemented to uphold the decent list of problems that the Gnomes Garden relays, but in the grand scheme of things, you cant really grumble when you take the generous asking price into account. Whilst the gameplay loop doesn’t really alter, the game does only cost £3.99/$4.99, which is a steal if this is your proverbial cup of tea. With that said, you’re looking at roughly four hours worth of play here, with an hour added on to max it out.

In regards to the game’s visuals and audio design, I’ll extend the same outlook that I did for the third game. Gnomes Garden looks and sounds like a cheap Facebook or mobile game, nothing more and nothing less. There’s a nice variety of levels included, and a fair bit of detail considering the cost, but it’s hardly a game that will knock your socks off. The soundtrack does well at hitting the right mood, but again, it’s not something that’s going to turn heads. When all is said and done, if you enjoyed the last one, you’ll enjoy this.
Gnome Garden:
The problem with Gnomes Garden is that, much like Gnomes Garden 3, which was ported over from android then released before the first one, its core gameplay loop just doesn’t evolve enough to maintain its initial excitement. There’s certainly enough content for its cheap cost, but even so, it’s content that doesn’t quite meet the standards that games of this type have been setting for years. Fun in small doses, but ultimately repetitive in the long run.

Edited reference accessed 23rd June 2022; originally posted by Mark Sherwood October 4, 2018

You can also see another full review of Gnomes Garden, written by Oliver Roderick on March 13th 2019 from a Switch version of the game HERE.

Gnomes Garden 2 is on sale over on Steam for 90% off; costing a measly £0.39 HERE. The Gnome series of games includes eight different titles which you can fine on Steam HERE (reminds me of the Farm Frenzy series with respect to the number of gams in the series)
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)

Whiterabbit-uk,


You'll find regularly updated details of all the reasonable game deals and freebies that I can find HERE. Don't forget to check out the Steam summer sale which ends on the 7th July.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

Whiterabbit-uk,

Notes on Security
I scanned a zipped copy of the installed game using Virus Total and it found 3 hits (VBA32, Jiangmin & BitDefenderTheta) from 56 antimalware engines. These three are amongst only several antimalware suites that often tag TooMKY Games compared to most better known and more reliable antimalware engines; so, it's very very likely to be a false positive.
You can see the results of the scan via the following link:

https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file/d37320c8a81672282edce7068f66491d92665cbe8eee6a9bd43cc1b7695287c3?nocache=1
The downloaded executable 'may' include some low level adware that opens your browser to TooMKY Games home page after the game has installed and may place some shortcuts onto your desktop; these can be safely deleted once the game has installed.

The installation does NOT inject any malware into your system. When your browser is opened to TooMKY Games home page following the games installation, it earns TooMKY Games games some money, part of which is given to the developer of the game for allowing the game to be given away free. The giveaway version of TooMKY games version has had most of the adware disabled.

If you're still not convinced of the games efficacy and want to be absolutely sure that the game is safe to install, please use a sandbox program first to check that the game is safe to install before installing it to your C drive or other drives on your computer (assuming you have more than one drive).

Personally I've never had any issues with any of falcowares games, even when the Falcoware installer was included.

There are free sandbox programs such as Sanboxie, GeSWall, BitBox, Windows Sandbox, Bufferzone (a six month commercial license was given away via the applications side of the project back in December 2009 HERE), Shadowzone, as well as others. (You'll find them all on the same page from Techwhoop.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#5

Hi Keira,
I stopped relying on the emails years ago for this very reason. It's just as quick to go directly to the gamegiveaway page to see if there is a game, than to check your email. I have a shortcut directly to the page, so it's just a case of turning on my browser and clicking the shortcut; takes a few seconds.

Regards Stephen aka Whiterabbit-uk

p.s.
If you have Amazon Prime, the big games mentioned a couple of weeks ago for Prime Day are now available for Origin

i.e. Need for Speed Heat, Grid Legends and Mass Effect: Legendary Edition as well as some Star Wars games
and a whole host of other games. This deal ends soon.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  4 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#4

I love getting these games, but recently the games have been coming at odd times like today's game. It came as a the game for today but when I came to the site it said it has been expired on June 25th and that makes no sense since it came to my mailbox at 12:05 today, and this is not the first time. It has been happening a lot recently. Sometimes it 1 or 2 a.m. in the morning then when I com to the site it usually expired and its all of the games really like. Could someone please look into this problem? Thanks :-)

Reply   |   Comment by KeiraSimone  –  4 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#3

Love this series of games. I replay them. I particularly like this one in the series...#1, I believe.

Reply   |   Comment by Nan  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#2

I debated against downloading this as I am usually not into management type of games. But this one is passable for a management type of game although it does remind me of some of the games on Facebook. (Maybe Farmville, IDK..

It has proper wide screen support, the visuals are ok and has tutorial modes built in to help you play. Speaking of, for those of you new to the genre, I would suggest that you play the first few levels of the game with it on to get a feel for how things work.

I found myself tediously clicking in the levels and especially level 3 where there was an instance of two piles of logs for building. You can click on the map to acknowledge you found them but found the little guy that runs in and out of the house to get one item at a time. Grab one , go back in the house. Run out of the house, go back and get the other item you acknowledged to finding.

This kind of slows down the game flow for me. The soundtrack is very decent I must say that, the music may even help you relax while you play the game. At first it was one music track but it cycles different ones throughout the game.

Even if you don't like this genre it's worth a look to play a couple of levels and see what you think. I think myself I will continue to go back and play some more levels to see if there is a better challenge ahead.

FYI The latest giveaway from GOG is Virtua Verse which can be found here: https://www.gog.com/en/game/virtuaverse It is a point and click adventure.

A heads up to all visitors who read my comments on here - I will be on vacation on Saturday until Monday in which I am staying in San Francisco for festivities taking place. So I won't be able to chime in on the Giveaway for Sunday as I won't be bringing my laptop with me to conserve carrying weight and bag space.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)
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