Cozy Gardening Sim Garden Life Reveals Relaxing Story Mode in New Trailer

Nacon and stillalive's upcoming gardening sim Garden Life has a new trailer, and it's all about the snug embrace of the story mode.

Published: February 7, 2024 10:31 AM /


The photographer Jasmine against a verdant garden backdrop in the life sim Garden Life: A Cozy Simulator

Nacon and developer stillalive have revealed a brand new trailer for upcoming gardening sim Garden Life: A Cozy Simulator, and it's spotlighting the game's story mode.

Like many other life sims, Garden Life will have you take control of a neglected site and task you with restoring it to its former glory. This time around, it's a community garden space.

As you play, you'll meet a cast of colorful characters, many of whom will have requests for you to complete. Doing so will earn you currency that can be spent on unlocking new garden areas, buying new tools, and more.

The shop front of Leslie's Garden Shop, which has a rustic wooden aesthetic, in Garden Life: A Cozy Simulator
Leslie's Garden Shop will be a very important location in Garden Life: A Cozy Simulator.

Garden Life's Story mode offers, in Nacon and stillalive's words, a chance to "garden at [your] own pace, in a stress-free setting".

The trailer certainly gives the impression of a cozy and non-threatening experience; its voiceover says that having fun is "what this has always been about, in the end".

All in all, the trailer makes Garden Life look thoroughly charming, especially if you're in the market for something slower-paced and more sedate. You can check the story trailer out right here.

Garden Life is arguably part of an ongoing boom in cozy games, with titles like Aussie farming sim Dinkum, Stone Age title Roots of Pacha, and cutesy business sim Sticky Business being among the many titles vying for players' attention.

Arguably, Garden Life will occupy a somewhat unique niche within that sub-genre, though; there aren't too many gardening simulators around, although many cozy games do allow you to dabble in some green-thumbed activities here and there.

Garden Life: A Cozy Simulator will be released for PC via Steam, as well as PlayStation consoles and Xbox platforms, on February 22nd. A Switch version will follow on March 14th, and digital pre-orders are open for all versions now.

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