- Cut flowers and grow magical vines to climb perilous towers in this wholesome, narrative-based platformer.
- The narrative prominently features a gay romance and quirky, yet relatable side characters.
- Get the game today and enjoy the silky-smooth platforming mechanics!
Grab your shears and get ready to prune some flowers in the name of love, because The Gardener and the Wild Vines is out today for Xbox One! Grow the platforms yourself in this unique twist on platforming as you try to outwit the evil Magician and rescue the kidnapped Prince. The game also features a lighthearted story with witty dialogue that will lower your guard before delivering its biggest twists.
The narrative at the heart of this game is about self-love and identity, and it is something deeply personal to me. As an immigrant to the United States and being someone who has grappled with my sense of identity in more ways than one, I have always wanted to explore themes like these in a game. The protagonist in this game is gay and dark-skinned; he is the kind of character I wish I had seen in the games I played growing up. In Gardener, we wanted to tell a story with a form of representation that seeks to create joy in players.
The story isn’t the only part of the game that will bring you joy; the gameplay was designed to put you into a calming state of flow. On the surface, this is a simple game of jumping from leaf to leaf and then attacking flowers with a magical dash that spawns more leaves and propels you upward. Dig a little deeper into the game and you will find incredible variety in game mechanics with new obstacles introduced in each level. Unlike many platformers being released nowadays, we wanted this game to be relatively easy to pick up and complete, yet still offer rewards for those able to accomplish higher skill gameplay. If you are a completionist, be sure to find the hidden lovebirds on every tower or earn three stars on every challenge level! If you are only here for the story, you can enable assist mode whenever you get stuck on a level.
The Gardener and the Wild Vines is a labor of love, and I hope that playing this game brings you as much comfort and happiness as it brought me in developing it. The Gardener and the Wild Vines is available now on Xbox!
The Gardener and the Wild Vines
Finite Reflection Studios