The Good Time Garden

“The Good Time Garden” by Will Todd & James Carbutt.

“Explore a throbbing pink world full of strange naked creatures to gather food for your friend in this short, surreal experience.”

It is hard to nail down what “The Good Time Garden” is about. Is it a comedic not-safe-for-work gardening game, where you ‘grow’ food for the hungry creature in the center? Or is the humor and the cartoon nudity just a masquerade to deceive the players from the deeper meaning? In my opinion, the game could easily be interpreted as a metaphor for the destructive power of overwhelming sexual desires.

Let me explain this thought a bit: You control the naked figure and explore the garden, but suddenly you find this seemingly harmless lifeform in its middle. It is small, it is cute, but it also looks kind of peckish, so you go looking for some food. You come across a bird man, who is protecting his eggs, but in exchange for some delicious fruits he will get distracted and you can steal them. When you bring them to the starving critter, it begins to grow massively – and so does its hunger.

Again and again you go on a quest to find new treats for it. It will get larger and at some point the hunger turns into a pure, greedy appetite. Your role transforms as well, as you are not just a helpful stranger anymore, but a simple servant. What started as a search for some eggs and milk will turn into a journey for much darker desires, leading to a literal explosion of the senses. …But maybe I overthink it and it is just an amazingly animated game, making jokes about dicks and tits. [PLAY]