Strange Horticulture

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Find and identify new plants, pet your cat, speak to a coven, or join a cult. Use your growing collection to influence the story and unravel Undermere’s dark mysteries.
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About Strange Horticulture

About this game

Find and identify new plants, pet your cat, speak to a coven, or join a cult. Use your growing collection to influence the story and unravel Undermere’s dark mysteries.

Welcome to Undermere, a quaint town surrounded by hag-infested forests and rugged mountains. You are the Horticulturist, owner of a local plant store Strange Horticulture. As a cast of colorful customers come by your shop, you are quickly thrust into an occult mystery stretching back hundreds of years.

Explore the lands beyond your store to find new plants, but be careful! The dark woods and lakes are not always friendly to a simple herbalist. You might discover powers beyond your wildest dreams - or lose your mind completely. Use context clues to determine which places to visit, and which to avoid!

Using your trusty encyclopedia and clues found on your explorations, you learn more about the strange plants you come across. By identifying each plant, you will be able to use their effects to influence the story -- from hypnotic hallucinogens to powerful poisons.

Game Details

Release Date:
January 21, 2022
Developer:
Bad Viking
Publisher:
Iceberg Interactive
Supported Languages:
English +
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Product Requirements

Minimum:

  • OS: Windows 7 or later
  • Processor: 2.4 GHz
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 512 MB display memory
  • Storage: 1 GB available space

Critic Reviews

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GameSpew

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"There’s something so very enthralling about Strange Horticulture; the way it lets you take the lead and figure out everything by yourself will really appeal to those with an...

PC Gamer

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"A beautiful and engrossing detective game packed with mysteries, puzzles, and intrigue."

Hardcore Gamer

90 / 100
"Strange Horticulture is a true hidden gem and a pleasant surprise to start the year on, a delightfully quirky and charming puzzle game that puts a unique spin on botany and...
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Strange Horticulture User Reviews

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100% of users would recommend this.
4.6

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nthird
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Short but extremely engaging. Lots of fun little puzzles and gorgeous artwork. The descriptions and illustrations in the book are particularly excellent. Captures the vibe its going for very well. If you like plants or puzzle games you should give this a shot. And if you like both this a must play.
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Good title for goth detectives

Strange Reviewer
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The game is great - it reminds me of "Papers, Please!". The art style is cool and burtonesque, the story - mysterious to the point that you want to know what happens next. I also like that they included some QoL options, such as the magnifying glass (if the text is too small for you to read). Nice touch!
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Worth your time! A fun, creative mystery using the customer mechanic seen in Papers Please.

Marty
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An engaging mystery set over the course of a couple weeks with an ever building sense of dread. The main mechanic of collecting and identifying plants for an array of various customers that frequent the shop and in turn build up the mystery is similar to Papers Please, albeit with a very different English countryside flavour. I really enjoyed my exploration of the mystery and was invested in solving the puzzles by paying attention to small, fine details. My criticism is that, ultimately, most plants are only used one single time despite a seemingly unending growing collection. Some plants are not even used at all, and at the end of my first playthrough the game revealed that I had twenty unidentified plants, which means I never used them a single time. Some unused plants were from day 1 of the game. I feel that there was so much more that could have been developed with this material and that the story could have been more fleshed out, significantly longer with multiple intersecting mysteries, many MANY more potion recipes to discover with the under utilized potion crafting equipment, and more complex plant interactions with repeat applications. This game was made by two people from what I understand, and what they achieved was impressive, enjoyable, and well executed with a very respectable presentation. I just wish that I had more!
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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, Strange Horticulture is Steam Deck Verified.
  • In-game interface text is legible on Steam Deck
  • All functionality is accessible when using the default controller configuration
  • This game's default graphics configuration performs well on Steam Deck
  • This game shows Steam Deck controller icons
Minimum:
  • OS: Windows 7 or later
  • Processor: 2.4 GHz
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 512 MB display memory
  • Storage: 1 GB available space
Yes, Strange Horticulture has broad critical consensus. 82% of critics on Metacritic recommend Strange Horticulture. The Metascore is 83 out of 100.
100% of Fanatical users recommend Strange Horticulture. The average review score is 4.6/5
Yes, 100% of Fanatical users and 82% of critics on Metacritic recommend Strange Horticulture.
Strange Horticulture was released on January 21, 2022
Strange Horticulture is published by Iceberg Interactive
Strange Horticulture was developed by Bad Viking
Fanatical users tagged Strange Horticulture as Puzzle, Exploration, Simulation, and Story Rich
Fanatical users tagged Strange Horticulture as Mystery, Investigation, Nature, and Detective
Yes, Fanatical users tagged Strange Horticulture as Puzzle
Yes, Fanatical users tagged Strange Horticulture as Exploration
Yes, Fanatical users tagged Strange Horticulture as Simulation

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