The Gray Garden
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When a peaceful world where angels and demons live together in harmony is threatened by an invasion of forces that are up to no good, the delicate balance of The Gray Garden hangs by a thread.
This unique pseudo-RPG is ideal for gamers who are looking for a more relaxed approach to the genre, complete with some cutesy characters to keep you company in your journeys. Created by a single indie developer, The Gray Garden might have some room for improvement, but, for what it is, it’s one of the finest – and most relaxing – titles in its genre.
Prepare to be enchanted
The story begins with Yosafire: a cute demon that loves tending her garden. She lives in the idyllic world of the Gray Garden, which is a realm where angels and demons have managed to settle their differences and live together as one. If it all sounds too cutesy for you, get ready, because it gets even cuter.
Developed by an indie game developer known as Deep-Sea Prisoner, The Gray Garden is a lighthearted RPG adventure that tries its best to keep things as hassle-free as possible, and this includes the game’s plot.
While many RPG titles feature epic storylines that involve legendary heroes and all sorts of larger-than-life escapades, The Gray Garden is content with just presenting its cutesy world to its players. If your favorite color isn’t some shade of pink, it’s highly unlikely that The Gray Garden might be the game for you.
Still, even though the story might be a bit too light for its own good, there’s no denying that all the characters are well-written and undeniably cute in their designs.
Embrace the Retro Charm
Games made in RPG Maker tend to get somewhat of a mixed reception from die-hard fans of the genre. While the tool is capable of making some deep and complex titles with relative ease, some low-effort titles have compromised the quality of the product in the eyes of curious gamers.
That said, The Gray Garden certainly shows some serious drawbacks in its overall presentation. While some players might appreciate the soft look of the map and the characters, there’s no denying that the visual aspects of the game leave a lot to be desired, at least during gameplay sections.
Character introductions are rendered in an entirely different style – one that lets the anime-inspired art truly shine. There’s a lot of backstory to unpack with this game, and if you enjoy it, you might be interested in the rest of Deep-Sea Prisoner’s catalog, as quirky as it is.
This game might certainly not be for everyone, but, if you enjoy these sort of light RPG titles, then there’s a lot to unpack and discover in the adorable world of The Gray Garden.
The Gray Garden’s dated presentation and light gameplay might deter some curious players, but there’s certainly a niche out there for this kind of relaxing RPG title.
- Cute character designs
- Surprisingly interested and lighthearted plot
- Gameplay that’s very easy to understand
- Terribly outdated visuals
- Some areas could use a better translation