The Gardens Between is a surreal puzzle adventure that follows best friends, Arina and Frendt, as they fall into a mysterious world of beautiful garden islands. Manipulate time to solve puzzles and discover the secrets of each island.
Recent Reviews:
Very Positive (29) - 89% of the 29 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Very Positive (195) - 93% of the 195 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Sep 19, 2018

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February 14

The Concepts Between - Art from 4 years of development

Who likes art!? We sure do!

I was recently having a look through the archives, and boy do we have some treasures to share. I don't want to bore you with words here, a picture tells a thousand of them. In The Gardens Between we let the art tell the story, and that's what I'm going to do below. Enjoy this visual story of several long years of game development.

Enjoy! <3

2014 - November

2014 - December

Map / Overworld concept

2015 - January

2015 - First playable prototype

2015 - November

2016 - Islands in the Fog

Game Mood Progression : Fascination -> Frustration -> Nightmare

Engine Test : Fascination -> Frustration -> Nightmare

Puzzle Designs

Communicating The Story Through Memories

2017 - Applying Art to the Drain Concept

Find more concept art from the development of the game on our Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
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December 10, 2018

GOTY! #gratefulAF Shot to the heart with all the feels

The last few weeks have been incredibly exciting for the team behind ‘The Gardens Between’. We have been awarded MAC GAME OF THE YEAR and AUSTRALIAN GAME OF THE YEAR!

It is so incredible to be recognised for all of the effort we put in over the last four years of development. We are so touched by all of the support. Be it a tweet from a fan of the game or a big nod from Apple, our heart skips a beat. It’s as though there’s this momentary spark of personal connection with whoever we are hearing from. Like we are felt, understood, and we belong. As though you all know and own a piece of us, like a friendship, understated and subtle... just like our game :)

It’s such an unbelievable honour to have so many people loving the game, “someone pinch me, am I dreaming?” Especially since when we started The Voxel Agents TEN YEARS AGO (woah!) we were operating from a tiny corner of an office building, an old fire escape at the end of the hallway. We were right near the bathroom, practically in it. Everyone would have to walk past us to relieve themselves (the horror!).

From those awkward beginnings, so much has happened, so much has been achieved, but we are still as awkward as ever. I’m just hoping adorably so :P

<3 The Voxel Agents

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“A miniature meditative masterwork. This time-bending story is an impeccably crafted minimalist model of video game and puzzle design.”
4 / 5 – The Guardian

“The Gardens Between is a masterpiece of minimalist storytelling, creating a shockingly moving, personal experience. Featuring a gorgeous, surrealist style and challenging but fair puzzles, this is a must-have title for anyone who enjoys puzzle games.”
9.5 / 10 – Gaming Trend

“Along with mind-boggling goodness, the presentation is fantastic. The Gardens Between managed to suck me in and leave me begging for more.”

About This Game

The Gardens Between is a single-player adventure-puzzle game about time, memory and friendship.

Best friends Arina and Frendt fall into a series of vibrant, dreamlike island gardens peppered with everyday objects from their childhood. Together they embark on an emotional journey that examines the significance of their friendship.

Manipulate time to solve puzzles and reach the apex of each isle. Follow the duo as they unpack and explore their precious moments spent together, lighting up constellations and illuminating threads of a bittersweet narrative.


  • Vibrant, storybook-inspired art style
  • Dreamy tale of adventure, friendship and growing-up
  • Gorgeous single player experience with a meaningful personal story
  • Bespoke ingenious puzzles require the manipulation of time to solve
  • Accessible design; simple controls, and no text, speech, time pressure or complex UI
  • Relaxing, ambient soundtrack by feature-artist Tim Shiel
  • Play in full detail on your gorgeous 4k screen


"Full of creative touches and small magical moments."
- GameSpot

"An incredibly clever and frighteningly intricate puzzle formula."
- Nintendo Life

"Every element works in unison with everything else to deliver on an idea."

"A magical journey that’s well worth your time."
- Polygon

"You really need to play it."
- Engadget

Awards and Festivals

  • Apple 'Mac Game of the Year' Winner 2018
  • 'Game of the Year' Winner at the Australia Game Developer Awards 2018
  • 'Most Innovative Game' Winner by 2018
  • 'Best Technology' Winner at Sense Of Wonder Night 2018
  • 'Visual Excellence' Finalist at IGF 2018
  • 'Best of MIX' Winner at MIX Seattle 2018
  • 'Game Design Excellence' Winner BIC Fest 2017
  • Plus another twenty industry award nominations
  • Made the final selection of indie game festivals across the world, including; Indie MEGABOOTH (PAX East, West, Aus), Indie Arena at Gamescom, IGF, IGF China, Day of the Devs, Out of Index, ACMI, Unity Showcase, BIC Fest, Cinekid MediaLab, and Sense of Wonder Night.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: 7
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000 Series
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: 10
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 780
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: 10.11.6 (El Capitan)
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000 Series
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: 10.13.6 (High Sierra)
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz
    • Graphics: Radeon R9 M370X
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000 Series
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz
    • Graphics: GeForce 780
    • Storage: 2 GB available space

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