Christmas video games are few and far between, probably because the deeper meaning of the holiday would have religious connotations which doesn’t make for the most riveting of games. Once in a while, a game attempts to pull the cracker laid before it and hope for the best. Garden Rescue: Christmas Edition is one of these games that has attempted to quell the beast that is the season to be giving, but does it get much in return? Timlah investigates this incredibly cheap game on Steam.
Garden Rescue is another damned tower defence game, but I went into it with no knowledge as to what it was. Once again, we’re greeted with plants fighting off bugs to stop them from eating the plants at the very end. But this isn’t any normal edition of Garden Rescue, this is the Christmas edition which means we’re not saving normal plants. No, we’re saving the mighty colourful Christmas tree from being eaten by bugs. How these bugs could damage such huge trees is beyond me, but nevertheless I’m here to set the record straight with this title. Is this a game you should consider getting this Christmas, or steer clear of like a blizzard?
It’s hard making a game that’s compellingly Christmas enough. It’s not exactly a season full of greasy men running around with guns that act as proof of overcompensation, though in the other extreme it’s not a season of eating dots and enemies. No, this is a season to be jolly, to be happy and to be sharing, caring. How can you convey this in a video game? Not very easily is the answer, but it’s easy enough to turn any game into a so called Christmas game with a little bit of skin altering.
I don’t feel it’s fair to slap Christmas onto games like this, as if it were me, I’d expect this to be way more Christmas themed than it actually is. The game, as you’ll see in the gameplay, is basically just a typical tower defence game. Don’t get me wrong, it actually is relatively enjoyable, especially for such a low price tag. Developers have to make these kinds of games if they want to get anywhere in the games world, but hey; A little more transparency when declaring your game is a Christmas game would be nice. Interestingly, this title was made by Big Fish Games, who are masters of the casual gaming market. However, this is the same as any other title in Garden Rescue, but it just happens to have the enemies in Christmas Stockings or bobble hats and Christmas trees instead of normal trees. There’s also a slight difference in the way the maps look.
I’ve not played other Garden Rescue games, but based upon what I’ve played here, I wouldn’t need to. It appears as if all of the Garden Rescue games would be the same, but perhaps with some slight variation in level design and of course the overall skin of the game. But the game itself played fairly nicely and for the sake of a couple of quid, I really can’t feel as if I’ve missed out on anything here. If you’re looking for a casual game to pass the time, you might want to consider Garden Rescue this Christmas.
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