Garden Party World

The new online kids’ game Garden Party is almost ready, and Victoria from Asylum was nice enough to send me an email introducing me to the beta.

I checked out the game, which is billed as a safe, multiplayer world for kids. Garden Party is a collection of minigames, which can be played interactively or alone, at which you win the local Garden Party currency, Orbs. The concepts of the games were cute, and able to be played interactively or solo, but I’m not really the target demographic, so I found them a bit repetitive and simplistic. I didn’t really like the ratio of orbs to mingames, as I felt forced to play boring minigames to make the cash for the fun part of Garden Party, the garden. I don’t really need a game for the opportunity to do something not-so-fun to make money to do fun things… I think that’s called having a job.

The garden really is the best part of Garden Party. Each player has their own garden and treehouse to decorate as you’d like. Players purchase seeds, which need to be planted and watered, and then grow into everything you could need, from cartoony flowers (I grew bubble flowers and glitter star flowers) to animal costumes to treehouse furnishings and fashion accessories. You can unlock your garden to invite guests or for gardening contests.

Of course, I spent most of my orbs on accessories seeds! These flowers can grow mohawks, colored shades, eyepatches, pirate hats, crowns…. there’s are enough accessories and clothing changes to make avatars look different. Garden Party had an excellent balance of enough customization and options to make a crowd of individual ‘toons looking different, but kept within a defined game aesthetic. Did I mention how cute everything is?

And costumes! You need a duck costume to swim (sorry Hugo!), a bee costume to buzz around and a spaceship costume to blast off. These costumes grow from seeds, or you can buy them from other players. In costume, you can play different minigames.

The minigames are competitive without ever being close to violent. In one game, players compete to color a picture. From a parenting standpoint, Garden Party is safe for wee ones without the annoying text protection of Wizard 101. (Assuming, of course, that your little one isn’t going to use the mail function to tell bad guys where they live and what time Mommy isn’t home. If they are likely to do that, you can turn off messaging until you’ve taught them about stranger safety.)

I had another slight problem. It’s a browser game that doesn’t use the whole screen. Don’t tell anyone this, but I often increase the text size when I read blogs.  (Because I am old. And apparently going blind, as well.) So I think that my avatar looked cute in her purple dress, black boots and green glasses, but I couldn’t see it very clearly. The size didn’t really interfere with my ability to play, I just wish it had been bigger.

Overall, this is a pretty game. It’s very good for kids because the controls are intuitive, with a good mix of simple games and open-ended gardening, and also a good balance of activities you can do alone or with others. I suppose saying I liked it isn’t a very good way to prove than I’m no longer in grade school and not British, either!

(Just want to make it clear that this is not a paid or a sponsored review in any way. Opinions here are my own. You all knew that, right?)

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  3. Bethie says:

    As for being blind, it’s probably genetic, I’m banned from doing lookout on ships because I can’t ever see when the other boats are coming.

  4. Meg says:

    Yeah, another reason I don’t like to drive. Or visit the eye doctor. Someone needs to tell the assistants that “Wow, your prescription is really strong!” is not an endearing thing to say. Can’t they make like ER doctors and pretend like this is nothing! We see semiblind twentysomethings all the time! Have a seat!

  5. Kevin says:

    You play a lot of kids’ games!

  6. Snow says:

    GardenParty Rules!!! 😀


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  9. monicaxoxo says:

    hey, i created an account on this game back in september, and i still play today. parents, if youre looking for a safe, fun place for your kids to hang out then gardenparty is defentley the place i would send them.

    theres tons of games they can play to keep busy, and and its a great way for them how to learn to interact with other kids their own age.

    is safety your concern? are you worried that you worried that your child might give out personal info while playing the game? well relax, because garden party is equiped with a friendly group of moderators that are online 24/7 to watch every single word that is typed on the game, which makes this game a totally safe place for your kids.


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  15. nurulfarziatul says:

    very best

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