initial review (dec. 2022)
I started playing the demo for this the other day and I am completely obsessed with it. It tickles the same part of my brain that really enjoys Dorfromantik—placing things neatly, cute and colourful tiles, soft cozy vibes, charming sounds and interactions.
Unlike Dorfromantik, Garden Galaxy is more of a sandbox game and doesn’t have a scoring system or win/lose mechanic. You don’t run out of items to place, though each one you get is random.
One of my favourite things was discovering new items as I played—my favourite items are the little animal planters.
The demo is available now, with the full game coming out Dec. 14 (i.e. next week, as of writing this).
update, dec. 2023
Been playing this on and off—my biggest complaint is that it’s not a true sandbox game because you need specific currency to acquire items, and there’s RNG, so I’ve devolved into an awful lot of item management, which is not what I want to do when I play it. I got burnt out on it so now I come back when there’s a content update.