August 2013: Detail of Beijing Market Scene in Gardens of Time
Recently I've returned to Gardens of Time on Facebook. (I've needed some low-cost distraction.) The game has its faults. There can be hitches in the loading, and there are the usual annoying solicitations for paid access and friend recruitment. But the detailed hidden object scenes can be breathtakingly pretty, I appreciate the neo-Edwardian time travel theme, and I especially enjoy the creative element: building a unique garden of plants and artifacts.
August 2013: Detail of Sarah's Garden of Time
I take my little game garden seriously. I find an odd sense of peace and accomplishment in arranging a virtual garden that reflects my interests and aesthetics. Ah, my autumnal cemetery -- I think it actually lowers my blood pressure a few points. I must include logical pathways so the little strolling figures can visit everything, even if it means more cobblestones and a lower density of Reputation-building adornments. It's miniature art and it's a brain-flexer.
Do any of my Readers play Gardens of Time? If so, would you like to join up on Facebook (we can do the Restricted games-only friends list thing if you wish) so we can visit each others' gardens? Too, we won't have to harass the same people over and over again for tools and time crystals.