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Trippy, Dreamy Exploration: Gardenarium Released

Of the innumerable walk-a-explore-o-awe games I’ve played, few have entranced me as much as Gardenarium [official site]. Hand-drawn flowers and trees grow, unfurl, sway, swirl, and dance as you explore cloud lands. They’re full of strange characters too, teachers, hitch hikers, and other hand-drawn lovelies with weird things to say.

The Wild Rumpus gang showed Gardenarium in our Mild Rumpus chill-out zone at the Game Developers Conference this year. I sat watching it from within a big metal leaf for a whole day, still cussing in wonder at the animation by the day’s end. Now you too can coo, aah, and cuss at Gardenarium, as it came out yesterday on Windows, Mac, and Linux at $4.99 (£3.30-ish).

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Communication Breakdown: Gamer Mom

World of Apathy

Gamer Mom is a rather lovely browser game about games, although not in some sort of complex metagaming metasense. Instead, Gamer Mom is a conversation between a mother and her family, at a dinner table, and the topic of discussion, skirted around, flanked and finally approached, is World of Warcraft. She loves it, it’s her social life and her escape, but her family don’t really understand. It’s about people really and the great divides between them. As player, you guide the conversation and, unnervingly, perhaps the family’s future. It’s sad, sweet and short, with plenty of branches to discover. Click here to see.