Shu’s Garden is a relaxing, colorful and cute game that has no real goal. Instead, this game invites you to relax, explore the different worlds, and enjoy yourself. There are plenty of things to check out, interact with, and play with while you listen to the beautiful music in Shu’s Garden.
The world in Shu’s Garden
When I first opened up this game, the world around me was completely intriguing to me. This world — well, this entire universe, is made up of planets that have their own space-gardens on the surface of them. Each of these worlds are different in their color scheme, the flowers that decorate the ground, and the ruins or structures present on them. As your character, a fluffy looking cactus ball, rolls across the planet, grass blades and color begin to seep into the surface of the planet. In some areas there is water that you can also explore and swim in.
The many characters you can play
In Shu’s Garden, you can quickly change from character to character, exploring the world they are currently on, or seeing the flowers that they have gathered around their furry bodies. There are a few different types of characters, but the most interesting ones for me were the cactus blobs. They are circles with fluffy bits growing on them, as well as a long tail connected to a smaller fuzzy ball on the end.
These blobs can eat flowers to pick up seeds, spit the seeds back out to create flowers again, shrink into smaller balls by exhaling all of your air (which is quite useful for getting to the bottom of bodies of water) or return to your normal size which allows you to float slightly! If you quickly shift from being small to being big, you can launch yourself into the atmosphere, and perhaps, even to a new one.
Whenever you eat a flower or plant, you get to wear that flower in your fur. Each of these characters have a name and differ in appearance all are unique. One is even called Jupi, just like me, which was a wonderful discovery! There are a few non-blob like creatures that you can also play like a turtle that swims, a giraffe and a bee that can fly to different planets.
If you build up momentum (or just play as the bee) you can leave the atmosphere of your planet and travel to other ones. These planets will have new plants for you to consume and possibly some other creatures on them, such as birds or other blobs. These blobs do move around on their own and interact with the environment. It's rather entertaining adding color to the soil of newly discovered planets and generally exploring.
Playing with a friend
You can play Shu’s Garden with up to four friends. I had Lewis, my partner, plug in a controller to play around with me. We appeared on different planets via a split screen. Lewis’ side of the screen walked him through a tutorial while I tried to find him. Lewis discovered a bird with a star and soon stole it. This started a big game of who can hold the star for the longest. The birds who originally owned the star chased us around as we hopped from planet to planet tapping against each other to grab the star. Having a friend play with you definitely adds to the experience, but playing by yourself is just as fun.
Planting your garden
You can interact with huge trees as well as small flowers, to add them to your character. These seeds can then be replanted wherever you want — for example, underwater or above land. If you plant two or three piles of seeds in the same place, you might get a new or strange plant.
This game does have a day and night cycle, so your plants will grow in time to the world around you. You can also just keep the flowers on your character as they look super cute when they are a part of you! You can see the seeds you planted in the ground easily, so you know where to plant more if you are trying to create a beautiful, sometimes alien, garden!
Explore and enjoy
Shu’s Garden is your own little cluster of worlds that you can grow into your own personal garden or simply just have fun and mess around on. If at any point you want new worlds, you can easily reset them and start all over again. This game provides a relaxing, fun, adventurous experience for you to enjoy. If you are looking for a cute, quirky, colorful adventure, you should pick up a copy for the fair price of $4.99. You can also follow their Twitter for updates and information on the game.
Platform: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android
Creator: Colin Sanders and Jason RT Bond