The Gardens Between - The Voxel Agents
We're super excited to announce that The Gardens Between is coming to PlayStation®4 in 2018.

To celebrate, we have a brand new Gameplay Trailer on YouTube. Unless you've been lucky enough to play the game at PAX - this is the first time we've shown off the unique gameplay that defines The Gardens Between. In this game, you don’t control the characters; in this game, you control TIME.




I’m Matt, and at The Voxel Agents we’ve been working on this wild game idea for some time. Back in 2011, we had a concept for a game based on that scene in Minority Report where Tom Cruise is scrubbing backwards and forwards within a memory trying to uncover clues. We built several prototypes around the idea, and one of those prototypes blossomed into The Gardens Between.

The game follows two best friends, Arina and Frendt, who find themselves in this strange and surreal world of garden islands. As a player, you follow the pair and manipulate time to solve puzzles and uncover the gardens’ secrets. As you control time, moving it backwards and forwards, the characters can manipulate the world around them, changing the flow of cause and effect.



One of our driving principles during development was to build a game that anyone can play. We wanted The Gardens Between to have simple controls, to encourage stress-free exploration, and to tell a genuine story without text or dialogue. We strongly believe that games are for everyone, and The Gardens Between fits that perfectly.

At its core, the game is about exploring, but unlike most games, where you explore space, in The Gardens Between you explore time. In some ways this is simpler. On a timeline you can only move forwards and backwards, but time travel is full of its own complexities, and that’s where the puzzle elements come in.

At The Voxel Agents, we’re all about beautiful, simple, crafted experiences, he kind of games that we played growing up. It’s no coincidence that our game is packed full of 90s childhood nostalgia. We’re super excited to be launching The Gardens Between on PS4 next year, and we can’t wait for everyone to play it. We’ve poured our souls into The Gardens Between, and we think you’re going to absolutely love it!

The Gardens Between

The Gardens Between is a puzzle-adventure game about two best friends exploring a world of "beautiful garden islands." While wandering these strange worlds, they can move back and forth through time, enabling them to "discover each garden's secrets and, along the way, reveal a story about friendship, childhood, and growing up." It was originally announced for the PC back in February, but it was re-announced, so to speak, for the PS4 today at the Paris Games Week—and that means we get to watch a new trailer. 

The time-manipulation angle evokes memories of the indie hit Braid, but where that game drove me around multiple kinds of bends with its convoluted, oft-infuriating gameplay, developer Voxel Agents says The Gardens Between will be a "restful, relaxing experience" that's "free from language [and] designed for accessibility."   

"Our goal is to encourage careful, mindful and stress free exploration throughout the game while providing in-depth puzzles and challenges," the developers said. "When making The Gardens Between we set out to build a world and tell a compelling story that players can connect to and understand, presenting a genuine and consistent universe that offers players of all age groups something to connect with on a personal level." 

Aside from the brief description above, neither the Steam page nor the site at thegardensbetween.com shed a lot of light on what The Gardens Between has in store. But it looks and sounds lovely, and the element of discovery is a big part of what makes games like this worth playing—and let's be honest, you already know whether or not this is something you're interested in.   

The Gardens Between is currently slated to come out in the third quarter (July 1-September 30) of 2018. And now, let us chill. 

The Gardens Between - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Samuel Horti)

The Gardens Between

This is my first look at pretty puzzler The Gardens Between [official site], and it’s giving me vibes that are somewhere between Rime and mobile game Monument Valley. It’s a “surreal puzzle adventure” that’s arriving in early 2018, by the end of March, and three new long videos show off just how good it will look and sound.

The music has come out of a collaboration between some impressive sounding people that I’ve never heard of (but you might have), including Grammy award winner Wally de Backer, aka Gotye, and Aussie pianist Luke Howard. The upshot is: it’s very relaxing, and it’s probably going to be my work soundtrack for the day.

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