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...
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Mixed (55 reviews) - 65% of the 55 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
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Mixed (55 reviews)
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Obey the Fist!
0.1 hrs
Posted: May 5
While expecting yet another unimaginative retro 2D platformer, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that, while the game is a 2D scroller, the developers differentiated the game sufficiently for me to not despise it.

3D graphics present the 2D plane in an acceptable way for PC gamers to tolerate, console control schemes aren't forced on you, so the game technology is tolerable.

Gameplay is more esoteric than regular platforming, geared towards puzzle solving rather than timing jumps and dodging turtles. Mechanics involve moving and triggering various plants and "entities" in the 2D environment, with gravity triggers and so on.

It's probably aimed more at children, it's certainly not heavy on action, etc etc, but that's fine - if you like 2D esoteric platformers, and have young children, this is quite an acceptable choice.
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AyMeN
0.1 hrs
Posted: February 19
Do not buy this game! it's broken and there is NO actual fix for it!
Hello everyone, this is not an actual review as i can't even get the game to work, i just left the error msg up for 5 mins so i can write this and warn you before you waste your money on it.
This game looks so beautiful and fun but sadly it's no longer supported, it just crashes at the start, there is no actual fix for it till the date of writing this, I've seen some people talking about a possible way to run the game but it doesn't work for everyone (there is a 20% chance to work) "it's by changing your PC region" ( read more about this here: http://steamcommunity.com/app/9980/discussions/0/558750544094241991/ ), but for me it doesn't worth all that time and efforts, specially knowing that 80% it won't work ..
What a shame, for now just stay away from this game! i'm sure it won't be fixed any soon.
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NHmerc0304
2.0 hrs
Posted: January 16
As much as I tried to get into this one, I was just left wishing it was a co-op Aquaria the whole time. Also the Teletubby like characters are unsettling. I guess I'm too old for it.
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frankus
0.2 hrs
Posted: January 1
game looks very nice, but as far as i can see there is no storyline, no reason why you are doing things... you float around making flowers appear because reasons? no real tutorial, or explanation of how to move, and game tells you to do something that has no keybind, not in the settings or anywhere else.

0/10 would not reccomend.
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squirtlescape
0.4 hrs
Posted: December 30, 2015
Play if you want to be blissfully happy.

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(Xbox controller compatible.)
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Yamyule
16.3 hrs
Posted: December 17, 2015
This game is a beautiful sensory experience I very much enjoy! 10/10
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FadedTeleTubby
0.2 hrs
Posted: December 14, 2015
Relaxing mood piece, nice visuals. That's about it.
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NS Plover
0.3 hrs
Posted: October 27, 2015
I tried this on a pc with windows 10 and it is the least intuitive game I have ever tried. Even after reading the help it was not obvious to me what I had to do or click - or what I could expect various objects to actually look like in the game (and I use this term lightly). Alternatively, maybe it was supposed to do something that doesn't work with windows 10. Don't know, don't care, waste of money. Sometimes it nice to float around BUT after about 10 minutes of trying to do anything at all after reading the help, it's bloody boring. Maybe they should provide a tutorial (or help) with visual examples of what various game objects look like and how you interact with them instead of half a page of text with a mouse diagram. I know what the left and right mouse button look like. Sorry this one is a thumbs down for me.
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ERZYES
1.1 hrs
Posted: September 28, 2015
nice funny game :)
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starrPOWer
10.6 hrs
Posted: September 13, 2015
i played this game when it was on xbox 360 and i bought it here because they took it off of my xbox and i couldnt find it again but after i found it here i was like omg i have to get it again i loved this game and i still do it is very relaxing and its fun too i would deffinately recommend this game to anyone
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
41 of 43 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2014
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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41 of 64 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 21, 2015
DON'T BUY IT! GAME CRASHES AT START! NO FIX, NO SUPPORT!

More info here: http://steamcommunity.com/app/9980/discussions/0/558750544094241991/

The suggestions didn't work for me. It seems to work only on certain regions, and the fix (changing your computer region/language) doesn't work for everyone.

Lame.
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29 of 46 people (63%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
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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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
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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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 30, 2014
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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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.9 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
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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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
Do not buy this game! it's broken and there is NO actual fix for it!
Hello everyone, this is not an actual review as i can't even get the game to work, i just left the error msg up for 5 mins so i can write this and warn you before you waste your money on it.
This game looks so beautiful and fun but sadly it's no longer supported, it just crashes at the start, there is no actual fix for it till the date of writing this, I've seen some people talking about a possible way to run the game but it doesn't work for everyone (there is a 20% chance to work) "it's by changing your PC region" ( read more about this here: http://steamcommunity.com/app/9980/discussions/0/558750544094241991/ ), but for me it doesn't worth all that time and efforts, specially knowing that 80% it won't work ..
What a shame, for now just stay away from this game! i'm sure it won't be fixed any soon.
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2010
A zen, almost existential trip through gorgeous scenery and mellow currents.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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