Fun, but annoying at times
Ok, where to start. When I started playing this I really didn't know what to expect. The levels started fun/easy, then the challenge began. Some of the levels took me a day or two to beat, but with any game that is to be expect. I do love playing the fireworks challenge and building the flower. I just wish, like others have stated, when you reach the unlimited lives stage, for 2, 4, or 6 hours, the time would be on our time not the clocks. So I will give you a heads up on that. Don't start playing for unlimited lives unless you have the "time" to play your time. It does sound confusing, but it is what it is. I absolutely love the graphics on this game. Building different gardens with plants, water features, stone pavers, etc makes it seem like you accomplish something. I also like the fact the ads, your choice to watch, gives you extra stars. However, I have run into a problem with that. I can watch the ads, but I can't close it to get my "credits". Hopefully the tech people will get that fixed soon. Anyway, if you enjoy building things (in this case gardens) you should enjoy this game. If I had one gripe, it would be I can't get enough bombs to blow things up. The more bombs I have the happier I am. And no I'm not crazy. When you start playing you will see what I'm talking about yourself. Happy gardening!!!
Fun, challenging, interactive & addictive
I started playing Garden Escapes a few months ago! There are many challenging levels along the way. Once you learn the various tricks and techniques of using the boosters and how to combine them to get more Banff for your buck, then the levels are a bit easier to best. I've between stuck on some levels for days on end, which seem impossible to beat. Those particular difficult levels, I find that without using extra boosters they would be nearly impossible to beat. The amount of moves in any given level are few, and so is best to use each move wisely and not waste moves unnecessarily. I have purchased extra coins on occasion in order to help me "continue" a game for 900 coins. It's only because the average coins earned per game seems to fall in the 55-65 coin range. So... It takes a long time to earn enough coins to help make progress in the game. My one huge criticism about the game is that when you make a move on your very last turn, it will not allow you to make moves (I.e., blow up bombs, etc...) like you can when you are playing with other turns in the game- that you can make extra moves before all the blocks settle into place. That is a big annoyance that you cannot do that on the very last move- it could make a difference of winning that level. So 4.5 stars! BTW, Home Escapes, by Playrix is just as fun, and maybe even a slightly better game!
By One tire mama
Love the game, but the Rewards are very low and there is no appreciation. I hate that you can't earn enough coins to do anything. Are you for real, only 1 star for completing a level? And why do you charge for calling someone? That's totally ridiculous. It's quite obvious that Austin is the laziest butler on earth. In real life he would be fired. Solving the puzzles are ridiculous, the puzzles are rigged to lose, requiring you to buy coins. You earn so little you can't go on. You can't earn enough coins to buy boosters. So little reward for continuing. I have just about reached my limit, I'm sure this has been a very rewarding game for you, so I wish you the best, because I'm though with paying astronomical prices to lose. I played for a short time, longer than I intended, but now I'm through paying for constantly losing and then not being able to earn coins or rewards, without having to buy with cash the things you want. If you haven't obtained your pay for this game, it's because you have ran your players off. I come back daily to try for coins via watching apps I have no intention obtaining. As for playing the game that's out. I no longer enjoy the lazy butler. You have to earn stars just to greet the guests? Get real. You can't rehab the gardens due to having to buy ridiculous chores. You should not have to use stars to get the mail, answer the gate, train the dog, clean the pavements. I would like to build the gardens, isn't that what this game is about?
If you're spending a lot of money you're playing way too much
By Ash sidedness
I'd actually give 4 1/2 but whatever.. so let me start by saying the game is great. At least to me it is and I never really liked these kind of matching things in a row type games. It's challenging, fun and visually quite nice. I agree with some of the reviews that state you gotta do a lot for a little in return. Sometimes there will be a task that requires you to hire some help and one task will be to find someone to call for help and the next task will be to actually make the phone call. That's a little annoying to look forward to if you want to continue playing.
A lot of people complain about it being expensive but these must be people that A. Have no self control.
B. Probably are playing way more than they should be.
Okay, I get that games can be addicting and I myself have sat for hours playing games I've thoroughly enjoyed but if you find yourself spending money on this daily or to a point that you're complaining about it, you probably don't have the financial comfort to be spending money on phone games and I suggest taking a break and going for a walk. Or download another game to play while you wait for more lives.
Overall fun game and my only suggestion is to give out some goodies(bombs, shovel, rainbow thing) a tiny bit more often or at least make that daily wheel spin thing have better prizes.
One of the best match three games out there
By Hodgepodge Brain
Match three games have become notorious for being boring, same-y, and uninspired. I cannot say the same for this game. The original premise intrigued me, I hadn’t seen many other in the genre have an objective outside the levels that was purely based on customizing an in game area. So I tried it and that was over a year ago. Each level presents new challenges and I love how you need strategy to win some levels, even with the power ups. Additionally there are some levels that just need luck, or the biggest explosion you can make. The levels all together feel balanced. It’s not too hard but it’s challenging enough to keep me playing.
And I love the garden. I love gardening in real life, so the idea that I have this massive mansion with extensive grounds just makes me so happy.
Finally my final praise for the game comes from one key aspect. The fact that performance on each level doesn’t determine how many stars you get. If I complete a level I get one or sometimes two stars. There’s no experience bar that I have to fill, and I am so glad there isn’t. If my performance in level determined the number of stars I’d receive, I would have gotten too frustrated by the game a long time ago and wouldn’t still be playing. So this right here is a match three game done right.
Addicting, But Frustrating
First of all, I want to say that I love absolutely love this game! It is very well advertised, and it is such good quality. I really enjoy the storyline and the beautiful garden. However, I do have a couple of problems with this game.
During the first couple of days I easily went through and played the levels. However, when I hit the 60’s it got hard. Now, I’m not complaining about the difficulty level, but there is a frustrating cycle when you just can’t complete a level. If you don’t have enough coins to buy more moves, then you don’t have enough coins to buy a power up. You can spin the wheel every day to win prizes, but you rarely get something you can use to win that level. Also, if you can’t when the levels and you don’t get any stars, and if you don’t get any stores and you can’t complete any of the challenges and win coins! You see where I’m going with this?It’s almost like the game is forcing you to purchase coins if you need an extra boost I a level.😕
Even after all this, I still love this game and gave it four stars for its originality and fun! I do ask that there be an easier way to get coins, though, like on Homescapes when you check in consecutively, you get coin rewards. I think that would be a great addition to Gardenscapes! Thank you to all the creators of this game, you guys are awesome!
Fun and Productive
By Oogie 81
This is by far my favorite game and has been for a very long time (I’m legit addicted). It is exciting to build such amazing gardens when in real life I am unwittingly the grim reaper of foliage, unable to keep a simple house plant alive despite my best efforts. I also have a proclivity towards cleanliness and being in control (plants aren’t the only things running away from me screaming). Cleaning up the garden and decorating it the way I want helps quell my OCD (free and sometimes $9.99 therapy) and makes me feel productive while I am escaping life (being super lazy) for a bit (usually hours) to play this game. I think the levels are a good mix of difficulty (except when I can’t beat one and am yelling at my IPad) and the game makers appear to listen (not to me yelling at my IPad) and make positive changes when something is not favorable. The daily prize wheel is nice, but for as much as I play I have only hit the jackpot two times and I find these odds a little suspect (omg I need to get a life). The only other complaint I have are the number of stars sometimes needed to complete a task (if only I ran the world...). But let’s be real, these are silly frustrations in the grand scheme of life. This game will continue to be my guilty pleasure (relaxing anti-social personality skill strengthening module) for a long time.
Fun with a cute story
I really like these games, and this one has the perfect level of difficulty for me. You absolutely do not have to spend money on this game, but I did after I played it quite a bit. I just felt that they had given me so much enjoyment that I morally owed them for the game.
Some people have complained about the story line. I find it fun. I tend to save up my stars, and then play a bunch of them at one time, but I don’t start a new day until I want to refill my lives.
Edit: it’s months later, and I still love this game. I buy coins a couple times a year when they are on a super sale, but only because I want to support the game designers because it’s a terrific game. (I have over 70,000 coins, so it really is just because I feel they should get paid for their effort!) The only two things I’d change: (1) lower the chances of getting a life on the wheel - I have over a hundred in my mailbox, and bombs, etc. are so much more useful. (2) toss some timed games into the higher games because they’re more fun than muddy fruit or purple vines. Also, I really appreciate that if I have the game sound off, there aren’t noisy pop-up ads. I end up playing at night if I have insomnia, and this is one of the games I can play without fear of waking my husband! Love this game!
The Nicest Game Ever
This is, seriously, the "nicest" game on the internet. Austin is like your super-supportive friend, who's so positive it's almost creepy, but you gotta love him, because he's just so nice. I started playing this game as part of an offer to earn gold in another game I play, and I've been a daily player ever since. The match-3 levels are pretty addictive and challenging, and they're always changing and adding new features, so it stays fresh and interesting. At the same time, you're fixing up the gardens and having adventures with Austin. All the neighbors you meet are fun characters, with interesting backstories. It's all gorgeously rendered, and totally bug-free. You can play offline. Fun little events happen pretty frequently. Best of all, there's practically ZERO ad-presence... you have the option of watching videos for coins from time to time, but ads are never shoved in your face. I think this game is designed to appeal to older adults-- hence, the 80's-supermarket-style music, but I really think anyone can have fun with it. I am seriously just impressed with the quality of it. The only things I'd potentially change about this one: faster recharge on lives, different music options, and more customization options for the garden decor. But it's serously pretty great as it is.
I’ve been playing this game for over a year, maybe even two, and i love it. I wanted to write a review to be clear that the game is not impossible without spending money, not even close. I’m on level 1300 or so and have never spent a dime. You do have to be prepared to be patient and play some levels many times until you win. I guess if you’re looking for it to be really easy and to just soar through the levels, this game might not be for you, but i love that it’s realistically challenging. Most importantly, in my opinion, is this is a free game WITHOUT ads!! I’m not sure how they manage to put out a game this engaging and fun without ads, but maybe they could teach other companies... You do need power ups once in a while, BUT, you can easily get them for free by playing the optional challenges they give you, and by logging in each day to collect your free daily prize.
My suggestion to developers, if you read this, is to fix up the rockets. They explode things that make no sense, like pieces that have already disappeared, or prioritizing dropping lemonade glasses rather than things that make way more sense. Also, if someone uses a power up on a level, it would be nice if it didn’t enter by interfering with other matches that are pre-setup for that round.