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Moorpheel

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Ok so I downloaded this so I thought I'd share my impressions.

You have 5 files and can play the game in either english or french.

The game is supposed to be about restoring your late grandpa's garden to it's former glory, to do that you sell your grandpa's stuff. And boy, he was a hoarder! No wonder he died alone in a highly deteriorated house.

To make money you play a typical hidden object game, the objects you need to find are the objects your customers want to buy... All of them have a starting price of $30, all of them, from dead bugs to ancient treasures. If you make your customers wait to much, the price will drop $5 until it is worth only $15. You can manage up to 5 clients at the same time, but you can also limit the number by not collecting the previous client's payment (new clients won't appear until you collect the money). These end after you sell 20 items.

After that you can use the money to buy things for your garden. Some of these are interactive, but not much, you only select them from the menu and your butler (yup, your butler) will interact with it until you decide to do something else. The garden is nicely rendered and the only part of the game that makes use of 3D.
Upgrade your garden enough, and you'll unlock more lost-object areas to play in. I don't know if you can select them yourself, though. The few rounds I played were in rooms selected by the computer.

Sometimes other events happen, like a phone call, a newspaper, etc. I think these are the game's way tell the story.

Well, so far, I think that's all there's to tell about this game.

The gameplay itself works perfectly and objects are easy to look at unlike most other hidden item game options on the eShop (which are DSiWares), and the clients becoming impatient gives the game a hint of "time management game". Restoring the garden is not as interactive as I hoped it would be, but it is still pretty nice: it feels more like a really fancy progress screen that is nice to look at. You can even leave it alone and the butler will do things by himself a la sims and say things. The music is pretty nice too.

If you like the genre then this game will be fun, I can't wait to see what other garden items will be unlocked as I play.

Edited on by Moorpheel

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Froggievilleus

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Thanks for posting your impressions of this game. I like a good hidden objects game, but GOOD ones on the eShop and the DS/3DS are few and far between. I will download this after Santa brings me a 3DS card for Christmas. :)

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Moorpheel

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Oh just found out something!

There a four items you can tap without them being on your list...

The most obvious one is the coin, these give you extra money. Another easy one are the ?s, these give hints, unused hints become money after you finish.

The ones that took me some time to figure out are the cameras and the thermometers, these help you find items: the camera makes everything but the items you need to find white; effectively making them very easy to find for a brief time. The thermometers help you locate items by playing "hot and cold", when you put it near a needed item, the name of that item gets a red background on the list, put it far away and the name gets an icy background.

I guess that must come in the help file of the game, but I haven't read it yet lol

@froggie: you're welcome!

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Barbiegurl777

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Yeah thanks for the impressions as well. I actually have $16 in the e-shop but waiting til early jan to download other stuff in the e-shop. :)

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Sephariel

5. Posted:

can you take a walk in the garden or do you see it always from the upper view

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Moorpheel

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You can move the camera around, but it is alwaus on the same angle.

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Sephariel

7. Posted:

Ok thank you :) will get it when it comes out in EU

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