#002 – Space Gardener

Space Gardener, a bite sized sandbox game from like100bears, never tries to be more than it is. It’s small, it’s relaxing, and it’s not much more than that. Spend your time digging up dirt, and convert that dirt into seeds to grow space flowers. It’s slow and it’s methodical but that’s exactly what it sets out to be. It’s by no means the deepest game you’ll ever play, but it feels good to play in the most pure way. With tight controls, satisfying sound effects, and relaxing music it’s a perfect way to wind down at the end of a day.

Progression in Space Gardener is quick. It takes all of fifteen minutes to obtain the available upgrades. So the large part of the game is creating your own goals. Given the scope of the game however, I would be surprised to find anyone spending more than an hour with it, and it’s not exactly something you’ll be coming back to. But in a lot of ways I praise it for that. Space Gardener is what it is and it doesn’t overstay its welcome. You won’t be disappointed if you give it the teeny amount of time it asks for.