I was handed a bloggers pack for The Garden, I beg your pardon, thought I, but thought I’d take a look anyway. The Garden is an interactive puzzle game brought to Second Life by Grace McDunnough, Trav Rexen and Salome Strangelove.
The basic aim of the game is to collect clues from Guardians and Artifacts and work out what sins they were guilty of and what penance they served for it. This sounds more complicated written down than it actually is, you get a Hud with which you can elimiate certain guardians from sins and penance until you’re left with the only suitable answers, well as long as you’ve paid attention to the clues that is!
As I’m an evil Drow Wizard Lord Of Dee, I was handed a patron Hud, which means I can play the game over and over. Mere mortals have to pay L$299 for such a Hud … oh wait maybe it’s because I’m a blogger. I’ll stick with the evil Drow Wizard Lord Of Dee angle. Anyway, mere mortals can participate for free.via the demo Hud, this allows you to play a game and if you enjoy it, buy a patron Hud with which you can earn achievements and play over and over. Sims like this can only really exist via donations or sales of items. I won’t get into a tier rant, other than to say tier is the big barrier to sims like this being more widespread.
A few things to note, this build uses Mesh in parts so you’ll need a Mesh enabled viewer to be able to enjoy it fully. If puzzle games aren’t your thing, the sim is worth visiting because visually it’s pretty damn stunning and the sounds make it feel very atmospheric. This is a fun game and definitely worth a look. However, I didn’t promise you a Rose Garden.
For a more in depth look, see Inara Pey’s post.
Alternatively you can go to the developers site: http://thegardenwhispers.com where you can see the tutorial video .. I’ll embed that here too: