The UnderGarden is a casual Zen game that challenges players to explore beautiful underground caverns filled with strange life forms, sound, music and plenty of hidden secrets. Casual gamers with an affinity towards puzzle games will enjoy The UnderGarden’s modern exploration quest filled with brain teasing games that combine state of...
User reviews: Mixed (39 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 10, 2010
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“UnderGarden could be one of this generation's cooler, palette-cleansing experiences”
IGN
“The whole experience is very harmless, very zen, dreamy, and blissful.”
Joystiq
"Whether you're a hardcore player looking for a break or a casual gamer wanting to try something new, this is one experiment in gameplay that's worth checking out."
8.0/10 – WorthPlaying
“An excellent title…a thoroughly enjoyable experience.”
8/10 – New York Post
"Those willing to take a chance on it may find themselves in an enthralling adventure; albeit one which is more likely to lower your blood pressure than pump your veins with adrenaline."
83/100 – GamingTrend
"It's just one of those games that is easy to pick up at any point - incredibly relaxing and light on the challenge."
B – GameRevolution
"One of the most pleasant indie packages since Flower."
4 out of 5 – Gamernode

About This Game

The UnderGarden is a casual Zen game that challenges players to explore beautiful underground caverns filled with strange life forms, sound, music and plenty of hidden secrets. Casual gamers with an affinity towards puzzle games will enjoy The UnderGarden’s modern exploration quest filled with brain teasing games that combine state of the art 3D rendering and physics based puzzles. Players traverse large underground worlds in search of members of their musical band. The goal is to bring them together and lead them to the surface. Along the way, players will encounter puzzles that must be solved and strange life forms that must be befriended or avoided. Provides a truly visceral and relaxing gameplay experience that gamers will enjoy as a contrast to the frenzied action of most popular core titles.

Key features:

  • The Pick up and Play mechanics utilizes straightforward, accessible controls.
  • Puzzles are physics based, solved by placing grown “fruit” that weighs down levers, or lifts up platforms to allow access to new areas.
  • Environmental puzzles solved by growing exotic plants around the player. The world springs to life with vibrant color and music as the player drifts past dormant seeds.
  • Serene music and audio is threaded within the game to enhance user experience.
  • Progress is driven by player’s own pace, desire to see their effect on the world, and exploration of new environments.
  • First game of its type to offer 2 player co-op play.
  • Casual Zen game design offers 20 different levels, each with a unique look.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® XP SP2, Windows Vista®, Windows® 7
    • Processor: Intel® Core™2 Duo E4300 or AMD Athlon X2 3800+ or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon X1650, Intel GMA HD 733mhz, NVIDIA GeForce 7600 or faster
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB Free Disk Space
    • Sound: DirectX® 9.0c compatible
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Overall Rating: 70%
Content: 7/10
Graphics: 10/10
Music: 10/10
Replayability: 1/10

The UnderGarden is a "zen game" from Atari. Zen games are an unusual lot in today's gaming communities (and I certainly wouldn't mind seeing more of them). Apparently, the flowing, glowing colors and the soft music of zen games are intended to sap the stress of everyday life as we play them. The Undergarden certainly achieves this effect. Don't feel like going to work? Turn down the blinds and turn on the voicemail. Then play The Undergarden for a while. No, you won't be killing anything or even talking to anyone. You'll turn into a cute little, troll-like creature floating through subterranean tunnels full of vibrant, glowing flora. Your mission is to help grow the flora, by tapping into green pods that emit a spray of pollen into the air. Collect the pollen and use it to grow the flora as you pass over it on your journey through the Undergarden. Here and there, you will encounter a musician - another troll-like creature like yoursef, playing an instrument. Carry the musicians with you and revel in the music they make as the flora bends and stretches to the sound. It's a very relaxing and dreamlike experience. Some of the best game music I have ever heard is right here. Thank you, Atari. <3

*Note: This review is intended for people who want to make an informed decision on whether or not to buy this game. Although other players may have differing experiences and credible feedback to offer, this represents my own opinion after experiencing this game.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
While I will not recommend anyone follow my review, I still feel like it would be important to share my experience with the game.

When I bought the game, I initially played it through the first level before setting it aside and going to a new game. This itself was not in a lack of interest, but to another video game that took said interest.


It was my girlfriend at the time who found interest in the game and began playing it. Now, I had been playing some games that stress my hardware, but this game was no where near the extent of the other games at the time.

Hence my surprise when my PSU exploded when she was playing this game. Typically, I would have excused this as a hardware issue on my part and would have not had any discomfort with the ownership of the game... Until it happened again. And again. Strike three was where I decided to make a sub category entitled, "Games of Shame," that includes games that are either unplayable or that I just don't typically like, and placed the game into said category.

From what I was able to play and/or witness, it is quite a beautiful game well suited for the casual/indie demographics. Quite family friendly, beautiful graphics, and appealing sound.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Astranon's Rating of The UnderGarden:
Gameplay (Is it fun?): 4/4
Visuals (Does it look good?): 4/4
Originality (Is it one of a kind?): 4/4
Playability (Is it free of errors and other issues?): 4/4
Overall Rating: 100% out of 100%

Astranon's Review of The UnderGarden:
The UnderGarden is a puzzle-platformer that was developed by Atari, Inc. It is one of those memorable games that stays with you long after you've played it. The visuals are charming and the music is tranquil. You play the role of an adorable, horned creature as it peacefully floats through windswept caverns. The goal is to disperse pollen throughout each cave in order to grow luminescent flora while uncovering hidden flowers and gems. These treasures will unlock either new skins or costume accessories that your creature can wear. Along the journey, you will meet other cute, horned creatures known only as the musicians. Their musical instruments cause flora to bloom that would not otherwise grow.

The UnderGarden can be played alone or locally (on the same computer) with a second person. The puzzles you will encounter are not so difficult that one person alone cannot solve them, however. The nice thing about the game is that it lets you replay a level as many times as needed to complete a missed objective without requiring other objectives to be repeated. You don't have to worry about hungry monsters that might be lurking in the darkness either. Life in this game is a bit more relaxed.

If you are looking for a game to unwind with at the end of the day, The UnderGarden will not disappoint you. I recommend this game.

[Note: This review was written to help other gamers make an informed decision before purchasing. It is in no way intended as an attack on opposing viewpoints. You are welcome to agree or disagree with what I have written here. Either way, I hope you have enjoyed reading it. Thank you.]
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
I never had a chance to play the game. :( Unfortunatelly, there is a persistent bug crashing the game at start. You can confirm this simply looking at Steam's support. You'll see many complaints of the users.
https://steamcommunity.com/app/9980/discussions/0/558750544094241991/?insideModal=1

Apparently, Atari does not support this game anymore and no updates to fix the bug are expected. Yeah... It sucks.
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 18, 2013
Not a lot happens in this game and you can't get hurt or die, but it looks great, and that's good enough for me. There are some environmental type puzzles, although they're not all that challenging - but this game isn't trying to be that in any way. UnderGarden is more about relaxation, exploration, and having something nice to look at on the screen. UnderGarden hasn't crossed that line where it's more "art" than game; it is definitely still a game, but just don't expect tricky platforming or any enemies. I'm not even sure if you could call it platforming - you just float around making cool glowing stuff grow and weird dudes play music while nobody attacks you and even explosions don't hurt, and eventually you find your way to a portal and then go some place else and do more of the same and maybe you put on a hat. I like this game; 6 out of 10, would propagate.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
The UnderGarden is a slow casual experience with beautiful visuals and relaxing music. Good for that slow lazy evening yet offers a bit of a challenge if going for gold.

Think Creavures, Aquaria, even Sparkle 2 Evo - a slower-paced adventure with a heavy focus on mesmerising visuals and a soothing soundtrack. The aim of the game is to pollenize the underwater flora and explore the levels for secrets. There's no need to rush so it's perfectly fine to just relax and take time solving the odd puzzle. For those more interested in score it's certainly possible to go for speed as each level is scored and time is recorded. Something to appeal to both casual and core gamers.

The puzzle design is not ground-breaking but does what it has to do without compromising the relaxing nature of the game too much. There are lever puzzles, push-buttons that have to be held down (or up!) by special seeds, and some other physics-based puzzles. Some puzzles have alternative, less obvious solutions that lead to secrets and bonus collectibles so it's certainly worth the while to experiment a little and try to explore every nook and cranny.

I suppose I would recommend the game to anyone looking for a decent time without the fast pace of more modern games. It's not often that I play casual games like this, but the visuals and an overall calm atmosphere are hard to pass up.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2010
You are Pollen Space Baby.
You make with the Pollen.
Sometimes Musical Space Baby hitches a lift.
Go Pollen Space Baby, Go.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2010
Zen gaming at it's best. Colorful, simple, and above all relaxing...except when you can't find the last flora in a level. That is infuriating. Still well worth the price.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
The UnderGarden is a decent casual game, with cute colorful visuals, nice music, and uncomplicated gameplay. You'll flit about serene mazelike caverns, making plants grow and solving a few simple physics-based puzzles. It's all quite peaceful and relaxing.

And with the game's deadliest threat being bubbles that knock your character back a few feet, The UnderGarden is about as stress-free as games get.

The UnderGarden isn't for hardcore gamers, but casual gamers and kids will probably enjoy it.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2010
Very Entertaining game to play. Its colorful, and full of light. The game play is enjoyable and puts a smile on your face. It has co-op were 2 people can play at the same time on the same computer but not over the net. It has cute characters and a fun enviorment to play in. It is a great game for kids to adults to play. If you get a chance to get this game on sale i wouldnt let that sale go by. A great game!
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2010
A zen, almost existential trip through gorgeous scenery and mellow currents.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 6, 2013
A strange, almost ambient game that evokes the Creatures titles of PC-yesteryear. You're a funny little sea-creature floating through dreamlike underwater caverns bringing the flora and fauna back to life, solving simple puzzles, collecting... collectable dealies, and sometimes trailing along other little sea creatures playing instruments. Your only objective is to get to the end of the level, and you can't be injured, so all the collectables feel rather arbitrary--but what game isn't? It's ambient and weird in ways that I don't think were necessarily intended, suggesting much, offering practically nothing. Think of it an adorable, feng shui Dark Souls.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 1, 2011
Zen trés beau musical style Aquaria mais françisé

bon jusqu'a la fin
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 25, 2013
Colorful and addictive, I couldn't stop playing until I beat the game, 100%.

The musicians are so cool!
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 4, 2011
I really liked this game.
The floaty little goblin-gnome-thing that you play as is hella adorable, the music is really relaxing, and none of the puzzles are hard enough to raise your blood pressure.

It is a nice, relaxing game with a handful of unlockable costume pieces and colour changes so you can make it even cuter.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2010
Great, relaxing game with beautiful graphics
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2011
Aquaria without combat or a story. Considering Aquaria was without question my favorite game of 2007, that makes this game still pretty awesome. Get it for your nephew or your step father if Aquaria is too hardcore for them.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2011
Plays a lot like Pixel Junk Eden but it's a great game!
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2010
This is a great game if you want to relax. Shiny colorful lights, a relaxing game paste and relaxing sounds.
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8 of 20 people (40%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2010
If you like really pretentious ♥♥♥♥fests with gratutious cuteness, bad controls, and a main character you can barely see, then Christ almighty you'll love this!
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