Gardeners’ Questing Time: The UnderGarden

By John Walker on October 22nd, 2010 at 1:25 pm.

In the Undernight Garden?

I like the sound of anything zen at the moment. Gosh I’m tired. Fortunately, looking at screenshots of The UnderGarden makes me feel all peaceful and serene. Described as a puzzle exploration game, it boasts relaxing physics challenges, and local co-op so players can, and I swear this is a direct quote, “chill out, work together to solve puzzles and explore the world.” Man. It’s due out on the 10th November, but we should hopefully be taking a look at it before then. In the mean time, “chill out” with these screenshots.

I can’t be the only person thinking “In The Night Garden”, surely?

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26 Comments »

  1. origo says:

    its beautiful and a bit interesting. its about time somebody starts creating games about chillin’ and explorin’.

  2. Berzee says:

    To copy and paste my comment from last time:

    If there’s anybody who is actually a Zen-ist (Zenite? Zenian?) they probably get annoyed at computer games for calling everything that is soothing, “zen”. And by annoying them we ruin their peaceful zentiments boo ha ha hah

    • Shazbut says:

      I’ve been practising Rinzai Zen daily for a few years and yeah…Zen is not soothing for the vast majority of the time. It’s working on your koan until you start crying from despair and then ocassionally having a breakthrough

      When a game comes out that is about releasing attachment to all the internal phenomena that you unconsciously assumed made up your “self” then that might be more like Zen.

      But oh God lets not talk about this.

    • Shazbut says:

      Zennist is the term, yeah

    • Shazbut says:

      Oh look, I shouldn’t have said “internal” either. I meant internal from the perspective of one who hasn’t yet realised there is no internal or external. Like me, I mean, I haven’t realised that yet. Maybe one day. Anyway yeah ok yeah kthxbye

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      phlebas says:

      That does sound a rather fascinating premise for a game.

    • Crabtacular says:

      I get the feeling that, if the person truly realises Zen, they really wouldn’t mind either way.

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    phlebas says:

    The screenshots make me think of Bob Came In Pieces and Aquaria, which would make this fairly certainly my cup of relaxing zen tea.

    • James G says:

      Yep, Aquaria also came to mind here, a great game. Also, bizarrely reminded me of Little Big Planet, although that is possibly just due to my recent acquisition of a telly-box-fun-extender of the stationary, rather than boxy nature.

  4. Doeke says:

    Worrying about what is zen is not zen.

  5. Oak says:

    Anything zen? Anything zen? I don’t think so.

    • Unaco says:

      You beat me to this comment, by about 4 hours. At least I know what my early Friday evening music will be.

  6. Muzman says:

    Looks like The Void for kids.

  7. Antsy says:

    None of that is Zen.

    This is zen.

    • BAReFOOt says:

      It’s interesting, how in terms of mental illnesses, while “normal” religion is “outwards” in that the (wrong) inner model gets forced on the world until reality is gone, zen is “inwards” in that you nullify your own existence until only the world is left.

      Both goals are the opposite of normal behavior of a human brain, where the inner model is in consistent sync with outside reality.

    • Antsy says:

      No.

    • Berzee says:

      Double no.

  8. BAReFOOt says:

    Tired? Zen? I recommend Cryosleep radio then: http://www.shoutcast.com/radio/Ambient
    Or perhaps Drone Zone. Or ZenRadio.
    Cryosleep is awesome for very subtle background atmosphere as a soundtrack to the game that is your home at night Just turn it down/up to where it sounds like it’s part of the room.

  9. Bozzley says:

    Hehe, UnderGarden :)

  10. Nallen says:

    Looks like it could be enhanced by the liberal application of marijuana.

  11. HV says:

    There is literally nothing that can’t be improved by the liberal application of marijuana

    • BonusWavePilot says:

      Having tested this theory thoroughly and across a wide range of phenomena, I would like to suggest ‘heavy drinking’ as a rare exception to the rule…

  12. Sam Crisp says:

    It looks beautiful, but I’m afraid “physics challenges” has completely turned me off. I can’t stand physics puzzles. I’ve never had the pleasure of enjoying Shadow Physics, World of Goo, Trine, Bob Came in Pieces, and the like. :(