Never before have I thought that maybe a game had been tailor made for me in secret, without my knowing. Until now.
I like gardening. I enjoy clicker games. I love visual novels. I’m a fan of Repo! the Genetic Opera. Oh, and the main character’s name is a letter off from mine. Can you see now why I am suspicious of Cavy House having me in mind while making this game?
In all seriousness, this is a very relaxing game to play. I have been enjoying it immensely, despite some small quirks. In fact, I am playing it in the background while I write this review.
Name: Forget Me Not: My Organic Garden
Genre: Visual Novel, Casual, Simulation, Clicker, Indie
Platforms: Steam, Windows
Developer: Cavy House
Languages: English, Japanese
“Master, Master! I did it!!”
“I can hear you, no need to shout! Oh, my! This is a rather firm Kidney.”
So begins Forget Me Not: My Organic Garden. You play as Organa, the assistant of Irene, who runs the shop where you sell organs after growing them on trees. Through helping customers and gardening, the player can unlock story and plot.
Besides Organa and Irene, there are plenty of interesting villagers to encounter and assist with various organ-related problems. Various customers come and go, including a boy and his doll, which he brings to life thanks to organs you sell him. There is also the stoat family, which helps you get rid of extra mincemeat. A witch visits semi-frequently, depending on the success and failure (but mostly failure) of her experiments.A girl who wants her cat to be able to speak comes in on occasion, as well as a doctor who is smitten with Irene. The doctor is also tied to the sickly boy’s storyline, as he is the one to perform surgery on the boy, who needs new organs. A merchant and villager also give various quests. Irene also visits the shop of her friend, where they have tea. Finally, a mysterious woman in black visits the shop whenever Irene is away.
Additionally, you have a collection of little animal friends that make tending to the shop somewhat easier. The frogs help you maintain your watering can while the moles make organs appear more readily on the trees. Woodpeckers make mincemeat faster. Butterflies make the organ fruits ripen more quickly. Lizards help with pickling organs. Also, homunculi help you gain experience later in the game.
The writing is simple but effective. There are some dark implications at times, especially considering that some of the characters are children. But I think there is some truth in those implications. The translation seems to be well done, as it fits the mood of the game well, and there is a lack of awkward “lost in translation” moments. Normally during a review, I would give a “moral of the story” segment, but it feels to spoilerific to do so with this game. Each character has an overarching theme and self-contained plot, each of which the organ shop ties together to create one tale.
The art in Forget Me Not: My Organic Garden is simple but also beautifully presented. Each character has a stylistic representation and color. When characters speak, the backgrounds themselves change to match the mood of the character. While simplistic, the contrast between the white backgrounds and the stark art is quite striking. The GUI is rather gorgeous, like a stained glass design.
The music is simple, yet fits each situation, as the characters all have unique motifs. Each organ and tool has its own corresponding sound effect. I ended up turning off the sound effects so I could enjoy the music uninterrupted.
The game’s design itself is easy to read and use for the most part. Some of the menus are a bit “sticky” in that it’s hard to click them, but otherwise the game works very well. I’ve only had it crash a couple times and that was my own fault.
Forget Me Not: My Organic Garden is not very intensive to play on a basic computer. The mechanics are all mouse-based and easy to execute. It’s a clicker game and kinetic visual novel hybrid, so it’s not like it’s very difficult. However, the game is fairly repetitive because there is no sense of urgency when it comes to harvesting the organs. After all, they do not rot or fall off the trees or anything. If the creators had wanted to make the game more challenging, it would have been easy to do so, but I don’t think that is the point of this game. All together, the experience is very cohesive.
At $9.99 USD, this artistic experience is a steal. I purchased the game on PLAYISM’s website, which gave me the option to unlock it on Steam, which I did. I bought it the day it came out, so it was discounted. If you don’t want to pay $10 for a clicker-visual novel, then I recommend waiting for the seasonal Steam sales, or keeping an eye on PLAYISM’s website, as they often have small sales.
The game can take a while and get grindy, but that’s almost part of the joy of playing it. After all, you can keep it running in the background while you get work done. The story is highly enjoyable and fits well with the gameplay, which is certainly unique. The presentation is gorgeous.
All together this game is a unique little treasure, and I highly recommend playing it if you enjoy visual novels, have a quirky sense of humor, and if you enjoy games that don’t induce stress.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, the kidney tree needs pruning.
Review: Forget Me Not: My Organic Garden
All together this game is a unique little treasure, and I highly recommend playing it if you enjoy visual novels, have a quirky sense of humor, and if you enjoy games that don't induce stress.
- Story (8.5/10)
- Presentation (8/10)
- Gameplay (8/10)
- Replay Value (8.5/10)