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At the Bottom of the Garden

by Adam Biltcliffe profile

Fantasy
2000

(based on 4 ratings)
3 reviews

About the Story

In this small charming game, you play as a retired homeowner trying to protect your wife Martha's prize rosebush from an increasing horde of dragons before she and her horticulturally-minded friends arrive to admire it. Fortunately, these dragons are quite small and stupid, but there's only so much that one rosebush can take!


Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: 1
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
Baf's Guide ID: 715
IFID: ZCODE-1-000414-D70B
TUID: pskuuml9cr7tohew

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Baf's Guide


A short but charming effort. A series of dragons are landing in and wrecking your yard just before your party begins, so you need to defend your turf. Not as difficult as it sounds--these aren't especially imposing dragons--but fun. The game is a little misleading about what you need to do, though, so you may find that you've won before you expected.

-- Duncan Stevens

SPAG
With a fairly solid structure, a simple premise, and some nice atmosphere, At The Bottom Of The Garden was probably the 2000 Dragoncomp game with the most substance. [...]

The game's few puzzles are nothing special although solid and logical. Experimenting with scenery and objects is a must and the only real drawback is finding that there are no alternate solutions to the few puzzles that there are. I think a few alternates could have been implemented with little difficulty as there are some parts of the garden that are richly described but have no apparent effect on the outcome of the game.
-- Francesco Bova
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Small, but quite fun, November 10, 2007
by Kake (London, England)
Related reviews: Adam Biltcliffe, ****

Short and fairly uncomplicated game, with a nice feeling of "oh noes" as the problem keeps escalating. It's worth persisting even if you feel that everything's got completely out of hand.


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