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The Garden Path

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Adventure
Publisher: carrotcake
Developer: carrotcake
Release Date: 2021

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'The Garden Path' Launches Kickstarter Campaign, Gets Playable Demo

by Rainier on July 21, 2021 @ 10:00 p.m. PDT

The Garden Path is a slice-of-life sim about the joys of gardening, the comfort of building a safe place, and the butterflies you get from making new friends.

The Garden Path is a cozy, pensive taste of the simple life

Whether you're fishing, growing, trading or just hanging with new friends, a wonderful and wistful adventure awaits when wandering The Garden Path.

As the new gardener of this forgotten place, you have a chance to bring life back to a garden that once thrived with love and colour. The Garden Path explores the quiet moments of a life well lived, where your garden will grow to reflect both the passing of time (which runs in concert with the real world) and your own design. Curate, craft, and grow the garden, go fishing for a big catch, make copious amounts of tea, and hang out with your new vegetable and animal-headed friends. Built to be played as and when you wish, the garden will present new encounters, stories to weave, and distractions each time you play. Of course, you may also like to check back in to see how your flowers have grown!

With a stunning, hand-drawn storybook aesthetic and beautiful day and night original soundtracks, The Garden Path will welcome you with its warmth, tranquility, and low-pressure gameplay. Played at your own pace, the garden is a tender world of familiar sights and sounds, melody, and friendly faces. A safe place to call your own, to curate, and to reflect. A home away from home.

Louis Durrant, AKA carrotcake, just launched The Garden Path on Kickstarter, seeking £20,000 (about $27,000 USD) of funding to bring this cozy slice-of-life sim to fruition with some help.

Currently, carrotcake is a solo enterprise (including the beautiful soundtrack), and while the game will see the light of day regardless, Kickstarter funding would go a long way towards bringing collaborators on board to finish the game while keeping a healthy work-life balance, and depending on how much is raised, bring the game to more platforms and languages.

Interested fans can check out the playable demo.

Key Features

  • A humble gardening life-sim with real-time progress even when you’re away.
  • Rich illustrated visuals and original soundtracks that draw you in.
  • A charming cast of characters, all with their own unique personalities and stories to tell. Some of your vegetable-headed friends may even decide to move in!
  • Plant seeds, watch them grow, then harvest them for materials to use later.
  • Go fishing and score a big catch, collect dustflies, and trade your findings for new items.
  • Collect furniture, then decorate the garden and your tent to make it feel like home.

Take a stroll down The Garden Path when it launches on PC (Steam) and more platforms to be announced later this year.


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