Botany Manor review: This cosy, charming puzzle game has you saving forgotten plants

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You search the grand house’s rooms and gardens for clues in Botany Manor

Botany Manor

Balloon Studios

PC, Xbox One and Series X/S, Nintendo Switch

 

Whatever the opposite of a green thumb is, I’ve got it. While both of my parents are keen gardeners, I’ve never had much interest in plants, apart from eating them. Despite this, I found myself drawn to Botany Manor, a charming puzzle game for even the most unhorticultured among us.

First, there is the setting – an English manor in 1890 is fairly unusual as…