Garden Buddies Review – A Relaxing Journey

Milan Zagorac
Milan Zagorac
8 Min Read
Garden Buddies
8 Great
Review Overview

Gardening sounds like a fine way to manage stress. Well, what about gardening while making friends and getting positive reinforcement? That is what Garden Buddies is about, a game that simply makes you feel better. In the chaos of battle royales, RPGs, and other games that require maximum attention, Garden Buddies asks you to slow down. And so I did, and here is what I found.

Everyone is here and ready to congratulate the player at the end of the story mode of Garden Buddies.
All the Garden Buddies characters, lined up to congratulate the player.

Gameplay and Controls

The basics of the game take you to a garden, where you help Mutsy, an apple, find his footing. Growing plants and organizing them, you are soon surprised to find that Mutsy won’t be alone for too long. The game goes through days, each day bringing more content.

Dancing is one of the mini games in Garden Buddies.
The dancing mini-game. It is played with the mouse, like almost the entirety of the title.

You control everything with the mouse primarily, with some mini-games that require using the ASDF keys. It is a simple system to navigate, which means more time for gardening. It is a welcome change, allowing you to focus on the presentation.

Game Mechanics

The game is divided into two (or three) sections. The first section is the garden. This is the main part of the gameplay where you plant flowers, throw seeds, and organize the scenery and housing.

The second part is the mini-games. There are different mini-games, ranging from whack-a-mole-like games to a Guitar Hero experience. The third section is Mutsy sleeping, which is a call to meditate, with breathing instructions.

This part took me by surprise and got me to focus and relax, rather surprisingly.

Breathe and focus, one of the exercises in Garden Buddies.
Take a breather, relax!

Garden Management

Garden management is the central part of the game. Flowers are used as a currency. The characters, like Mutsy and Bulby, collect flowers for you. From time to time, you can throw seeds and increase the flower count in the garden.

A simple but effective management solution.
The basic management screen shows your “currency”, available objects, and characters in the background.

With enough “currency”, you can plant flowers, though specific ones, and organize them as you like. Apart from flowers, you can place tiles, rocks, and other scenic items. The last ones are the large or “story” items, such as a swing, house, pond, and a rock stacking game.

Multiple of each can be built, so the garden is highly customizable. A gardening simulator, you might be thinking, though by my experience, it is more than that. The difference is because of the mini-games, the secondary game modes.

Mini Games

The mini-games are there to separate the days and story sections, though they also supplement the story. Some have been rather surprising, like a Guitar Hero section where you rock out. Speaking of rocks, the rock stacking game is another notable one. It works exactly as described, stacking rocks to make the tallest possible tower. 

A classic game of whack-a-mole, present as a mini game in Garden Buddies.
Catch the bugs whack-a-mole is one of the multiple mini-games.

While it was supposed to be a relaxing exercise, my competitive nature showed its head, with frustration after every collapse of the tower.

While there is nobody to compete against, you could have a minor setback. The game doesn’t allow you to fail. The dancing game comes to mind as one where making a mistake resets the sequence. 

Guitar Hero transcends realities.
A nod to Guitar Hero. The music slows and stops if you make mistakes, so hit those buttons!

The whack-a-mole game where you collect the bugs is for those with quick fingers, though be too careless and you might whack a friend across their head. Even though the mini-games add challenge, they are by no means difficult.

Game Visuals and Art Direction

The art is colorful and happy. I would best describe it as peaceful and hopeful, at least those are the feelings invoked by the atmosphere. By nature, the garden is vivid. 

Cartoonish elements are omnipresent in Garden Buddies.
Humorous elements are present throughout the game.

The characters themselves are fruits, vegetables, and cute animals, humanized with large eyes and a cheerful appearance. Despite their vibrance, the colors are never an eyesore. Everything is put together with the goal of relaxation and fun.

The Story

Every game has a story and in Garden Buddies, you assist Mutsy in building a home for his friends, old and new. The game breaks the fourth wall, or rather, it was never present. You are always included directly in the game’s story.

Breaking the fourth wall is a metalepsis in literature, also used in video games.
Breaking the fourth wall is common, with the player essentially being a part of the story.

As other characters are introduced, the garden gets more lovely vegetables, fungi, rocks, animals, and fruits, running around. As the days go by, the party gets larger, and more mini-games are added to the collection.

It would be next to impossible not to feel better after playing the game’s story, even after the first couple of lines of dialogue. I suggest going through it and getting into the mini-games, as well as the end of each day, where you do the breathing exercises.


Garden Buddies is a different game to the ever-growing list of popular titles. It is a combination of a farming/life simulator and a way for people to relax. As such, it doesn’t have fast gameplay or anything that should realistically frustrate anyone.

The message received at the end of the Garden Buddies story mode.
Something everyone should practice daily, as well as the conclusion of the game.

The base game mechanic has no limitations other than the currency and even that can be turned off. The mini-games are there to spice up the gameplay if you want something other than garden management.

Finally, the story sets the game apart, as we follow Mutsy on his Samaritan journey. The only possible things that are lacking in the game are more story content and perhaps more game modes. Other than that, this is a perfect experience for those in need of an anti-stress title.

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This review is based on the PC version of Garden Buddies. The key was provided bRedDeer Games.

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With over 1650 hours of Apex Legends, and 2100 of League of Legends, Milan is an avid gamer. When he's not indoors, he climbs mountains or does urban acrobatics. Add a passion for writing to the mix and you get a hopefully interesting broth.
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