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A Good Gardener (PC, Mac, Linux)
IAN ENDSLEY AND CARTER LODWICK
Unlike games like Harvest Moon, A Good Gardener is not your grandma’s gardening game. Well, actually now that I think about it, the story of A Good Gardener might be most recognizable to someone like your grandmother. Set during WWII, the game puts the player in the role of someone planting a “victory garden,” which is the term the US government used to encourage citizens to join the war effort by growing their own food. In A Good Gardener, you are responsible for cultivating enough crops to satisfy the stuffy government supervisor. While most of the game consists of a relaxing daily routine, small design choices deepen the metagame. There’s never enough water, for instance, and you never get to enjoy the fruits of your labor. You raise each plant with all the love and care in the world, until The Man comes to take your baby away.
Perfect for: Grandmas, green thumbs, patriots
Playtime: A few hours