The protagonist, Austin the Butler.
|Platform(s)||Android, iOS, Nintendo 3DS|
Gardenscapes is a free-to-play game released by Playrix in August 2016. It is available on iOS, Android, Mac OS, Facebook, browser, and Nintendo 3DS. The game combines simulation elements and traditional match-3 mechanics.
Gardenscapes is a match-3 puzzle game, where the core gameplay is based on swapping two adjacent elements to make a row or column or group of at least three elements. Every level has a goal, examples of which include collecting a certain number of elements (e.g., pears, flowers, apples, glasses of lemonade, mystery sacks, berries, fishing floats), locating garden gnomes, digging up emeralds, setting off firecrackers, or removing ivy. Gardenscapes consists of a number of areas. By completing match-3 levels, players earn stars and coins to complete tasks and progress through the storyline by unlocking new areas (e.g., Treehouse Area, Fountains Area, Maze Area). Players are challenged to complete different tasks and use a wide range of decor items to create their own unique garden with the help of Austin the Butler. Players have the opportunity to make friends with in-game characters, follow them on an in-game social network, and have the company of an animated dog.
Gardenscapes: new areas task and activity summary
Gameplay features multiple areas in the garden. Each area requires players to reach one or more goals that lead to task completion over one or more days. The successful completion of a task results in players receiving stars that, when accumulated, can be used to complete activities in each area of the garden. Depending on its difficulty, successful completion of a level results in the awarding of one or two stars to players; a “Normal” or “Hard” level awards players one star while a “Super Hard Level” awards players two stars. The completion of "Hard" levels earns players "cash" that can be used to purchase additional decor items (e.g., bamboo fence, wooden bridge, stone pathway, desert flowers) from a catalog for certain areas in the garden.
Activities require the successful completion of one or more levels. Some activities impose a time delay on players; other activities result in players receiving awards of coins or boosters (I.e:., shovels, bombs, bundles of dynamite, TNT, rainbow blasts) or both. The successful accomplishment of all activities in each area results in a “completed area.” Completing an area requires one or more days. With the exception of Area 1 Day 1, each day ends with a requirement for players to complete at least one level to advance to the next day or the next area.
More than 7.5 million people play Gardenscapes every day. Facebook named it the game of the year in 2016. As of April 2017, ZDNet estimated that Gardenscapes had been downloaded to Android devices more than 10 million times, ranking it #11 on the Android game download list, and had produced total revenue exceeding $150 million. By November 2017, total downloads had exceeded 92 million.
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