Gardens of Time FAQs
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We've assembled answers to our most frequent questions and put them all together here. These answers were pulled together with the help all of you so we'd like to give a big thanks to everyone here for making this a great place to come get some help or just relax with fellow fans. You can use the links in this post to go to a specific category or just scroll through all of the questions one at a time below. And if there's any information you feel needs changed, added, or isn't relevant anymore, please send me a PM and we'll get it updated.
Gardens of Time FAQ Table of Contents
Blitz & Hidden Gifts
Reset Timing For Game Features
Last edited by AngieDawn; 03-06-2012 at 07:34 PM.
All About Blitz & Hidden Gifts
What is a blitz?
A blitz is the hidden objects game you play when you click on the explanation mark above a visitor's head in another neighbor's garden. For forum discussion, a blitz is the term used by many to refer to all discussion of visiting a neighbor's garden to either play the official blitz game or just collect the XP/coins/energy rewards.
What does the message "Your Coin Bag/Money Bag is Full" mean?
It means you've reached your limit for collecting rewards from visiting neighbors and helping a neighbor's garden that was in peril.
Once I've hit my limit when can I blitz again and/or collect my rewards?
It's a rolling 24hr period based on what time you personally completed the blitz or accepted the reward. If you completed a blitz at noon then you can blitz again at noon the next day.
Why can't I blitz all my neighbors?
You are only allowed 20 blitz in a rolling 24hr period at this time.
I can't visit my neighbors because the horse graphic doesn't stop, is there a way to fix it?
Sometimes there are lag issues that have to clear up on their own or with troubleshooting steps from the technical forum. Many times an easy way around this is to not stay on Full Screen when visiting. Once at the garden you can then go to Full Screen to do the blitz scene.
I can't find an item in a blitz, can you tell me where it is?
There is a cheat sheet for all the blitz scenes with screenshots of each scene and all items numbered.
It can be found here: Garden Blitzes
What's the deal with the man standing in a neighbor's garden with a gift icon over his head?
He's who you click on to play the Hidden Gift Feature of this game. When you click on him it will ask you to hide a present for your neighbor to find. You can be nice and leave it on a pathway or sneaky and hide it very well, lol.
Last edited by Jan1923; 11-20-2012 at 04:23 AM.
Everything You Wanted To Know About Energy
Is there a limit for how many energy cans I can have in storage?
You can only keep 99 energy cans in storage. You can accept more than that, but once you use one it will drop to 98 energy cans.
How many energy cans can I use in a day?
You can use a maximum of 10 energy cans in a 24hr rolling period. The 24hrs is based on what time you personally used them. If you used all 10 cans at noon today then you can use 10 more at noon tomorrow.
What is the highest amount of energy I can get for leveling up?
60. There is a glitch that sometimes happens where you'll see it show a lot more than 60 in your energy bar, but it will correct itself in a short amount of time.
How do some people have more than 60 energy in the energy bar?
When you blitz or leave hidden gifts you get 1 energy bolt per neighbor. If you started doing those with a full energy bar of 60 then each one will still add to your 60. So if you blitz all 20 neighbors at once with full energy you would have 80 energy to use in your energy bar.
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Help I Can't Find It
Where can I find a listing for the location of an item?
Fellow poster Jan192 has put together a spreadsheet of all items with location, stats, size, etc, found here: Spreadsheet For All GoT Items
Ok, but I still can't find the item I'm looking for?
For help from other players use the sticky thread: Where to Purchase Items
I was saving up to buy a gold item now it's gone, will it be back?
Some gold items are for a limited time and can vanish soon without warning. We have not had any official word that they will be available again in the future at this time.
How do I get the Dragon Tower?
The Dragon Tower is a special wonder that is not achieved by following a chapter's storyline like the other wonders and can be triggered at any level of game play. It is triggered by completing any 3 free scenes from chapter 3 to four full stars. Once you've met that threshold then it's just a matter of having an open spot for the Dragon's Snare quest to pop into. You'll then have to complete several quests to earn the Dragon Tower. You can find more discussion of that in the Dragon Tower Discussion thread in the General Discussion forum.
How do I get the Beijing & Shanghai dragons?
These are special reward dragons from Chapter 9. You achieve them by following Quincy's Dragon Curator Quest that is triggered by building a Ming Vase.
- Shanghai Dragon - Get 4 stars in the Shanghai Docks scene.
- Beijing Dragon - Visit Beijing Market and play the scene once. Quincy will say oops, wrong place and then direct you to play the London Clock Tower Desk scene to 4 stars.
As each dragon is earned a pop-up notification will tell you that it has been delivered to your inventory. (If that doesn't happen try clearing your flash cache and refreshing the game). More help can be found in the Dragon Curator thread in the General Discussion forum.
The Poetic Garden 3 Quest says I need to buy a Pavilion from decorations but I can't find it?
The Pavilion is in the Buildings tab. The location description in the game is incorrect.
When I achieved Level 32 I was told I could buy the Golden Gate Bridge but I can't find it in the Buildings tab?
That is a misprint in the game. The Golden Gate Bridge is a wonder that you are rewarded by finishing the star challenge in Chapter 12 and cannot be purchased.
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Why does it tell me I need silver then change the requirement to neighbors when I try to buy an expansion?
The requirements for buying with silver instead of gold don't all show on the same square. By default the silver option shows. Once you have enough silver, that option is hidden and the next one to show is the amount of neighbors needed if you don't have enough already. There can also be a minimum level amount that can show as a third requirement but usually that one is already achieved and left unseen.
It says I need 27 more neighbors to expand. I already have 26, do I really need 27 more?
That is a glitch in wording. What it should say is you need to have the number listed in total, not on top of what you already have. In the example above you would only need 1 more neighbor to meet the requirement.
I expanded but I still can't put items outside of the fence?
The expansion happens inside the garden fence, not outside. When you expand, you should notice a green row of squares on the bottom and left sides of your garden inside the fence. You'll also notice that your garden entry gate doesn't move so there will be more squares below the gate than above each time you grow.
What is the maximum expansion and will there be more added?
Max size is 36x36. There is no official word on if more expansions will be available at this time, but they have been added off and on throughout the history of the game.
Last edited by AngieDawn; 03-23-2012 at 01:42 AM.
What are collections?
Collections are a sidequest in Gardens of Time. As you play scenes, you will also find that you randomly collect pieces that are part of a collection. Once you have all of the pieces, you get a special item.
Where can I find out what the collections are?
Click on the collections tab on the bottom menu bar. You'll find a listing of the 5 items needed for each collection and the special item that is rewarded once completed.
How do I know where to look for them?
In the collections tab, hover your mouse over a collection piece. It will say something like "Found in Chapter 1". That means the pieces for that collection can be found playing any scene in chapter 1.
Do you get a collection piece every time you play a scene?
No, it's completely random. You could get 3 pieces in 3 turns or it may take 3 days to get 3 pieces. The premium scenes are set to give more pieces than the free ones, but they will all give pieces with a little patience.
Each time you find a collection piece, do you have to move to a different scene for the next piece?
No, if you want you can play the same scene over and over until you find all of them.
I don't like playing old chapters since I don't get as much XP, do I have to finish the collections?
There is 1 quest for the first collection set, but after that all collection quests are for the chapter you are working on and above so you do not need to complete other older ones.
Why do I have multiples of some pieces?
The pieces are random so you may get multiples of any piece at any time. The extra pieces can be saved to complete the collection again to get multiples of the special item or gifted to your neighbors.
I have played over and over but I'm still missing 1 collection piece, is my game broke?
Your game is working right. Everyone has 1 collection piece that is rarer than the rest. If you keep playing you will eventually earn that piece, or you can add it to your wishlist. A piece that is rare to you may not be to your neighbor and they would welcome helping you out.
What is the collection wish list?
You can place pieces you are looking for in your wish list and neighbors can gift them to you. Go into your collections tab and select the + sign on the piece you would like neighbors to give you. It will then show up in the wish list bar at the top of that screen (also in your wish list tab). When a neighbor sends you the piece it will show in your message center and you can then go back into the collections tab and click on the - sign to remove it.
I have extra pieces and want to give them to neighbors, but how do I know what they need?
When you hover over your neighbor's picture in the neighbor bar their wish list will pop up. If they have any pieces there that you have, hover over that piece and it will tell you the quantity you have at that time. If you want to give them the piece choose to send it from there and it will be removed from your collection and sent to them.
I completed the collection and got my special item, but where did it go?
The special item is delivered into your inventory.
Can I complete the collections more than once?
Yes, you can collect them as many times as you want as far as we know at this time :-)
Can I ask for new neighbors to trade pieces with me here?
We have a swap thread set up in the Find Neighbors forum where you can make deals with your fellow players that can be found here
My questions weren't answered here, is there somewhere else to go to talk about collections?
You can use the Collections How To Discussion thread for more help.
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How do I get more neighbors?
Visit our Find Neighbors Forum.
How do I remove neighbors?
Click on your My Neighbors tab at the top of the game. There are 2 sections here. Scroll down to the bottom section and then scroll through any pending neighbors you have until you come to your current neighbors. You'll have a remove option next to their name.
Why don't I have visitors in my garden?
Sometimes the game lags and visitors don't come in. You also need to make sure you have pathways in your garden. You need at least 2 in front of the garden entry gate for neighbors to enter.
What is the point of the picture above a visitor in my garden?
Those are the profile pictures of your neighbors who have visited your garden since you last checked in. You get 2 XP for each one you click on and a nice complement on your gardening skills.
Why are there mummies, bunnies, kangaroos, ladies in waiting, druids, etc in my neighbor's garden?
Those are easter eggs put in by the developers as a joke when you buy certain items and are called Roamers. For example you get the mummies in the garden when you have the sarcophagus on display. They behave just like the other visitors.
How do I request my neighbors to help me build wonders instead of spending gold?
Click on the wonder after placing it in your garden to request help then look to the bottom left of the pop-up menu. There you'll see a blue button that says "hire friends". Select that and you'll get a list of all your neighbors to choose from instead of spending your gold for LuLu's help. Once you send the request it is up to your neighbors to help. Each neighbor that helps will bring the wonder closer to completion. You can click on the wonder during that time to see who is helping and how much you have left to build.
What do the white checkmarks on my neighbor's pictures mean?
It is meant to show that you've visited that neighbor in the last 24hrs. It's a new feature though and isn't always accurate yet.
Last edited by AngieDawn; 05-04-2012 at 03:02 PM.
If You Build It They Will Come
If I use a building to request materials, do I have to use the materials I receive on that specific building?
No. All materials go into one holding area so they can be used on any item that is upgradeable.
How do I know how many materials I have?
Click on any item that is upgradeable to see the amounts you have for that item. For example: If it says "5 of 3" on your marble square, that means that item need 3 marble to upgrade and you currently have 5 marble. The first number is always the total sum you have of the material.
Since not all materials are needed for each upgrade, how do I know how many of ALL materials I have?
At this time there is no easy way to find that out. You can either wait until an item comes up that needs that material or have a few "go to" items that you don't upgrade just to keep track.
Is there a limit to the amount of materials we can have?
Yes, we can keep 10 of each material
I have less than 10 of a material, why did I get the "Oops you have too much" error when trying to accept more?
There tends to be a lag in the game so it doesn't always keep up with the materials you use. When that happens and you know you have less than 10 total, more than likely the game hasn't caught up yet to know you used some. The best advice at this time is to leave the game for 5 or 10 minutes and try again.
I sent all of my friends a request for a material. Why is the friend list blank when I try to request the next material I need?
You can only send a request to a friend once a day. It's best to only send requests to small groups of friends at a time so you are able to request all that you need. You're only allowed to keep 10 so this also helps to make sure none of your requests are being wasted ;-)
What does the "Convert To Whiteprints" icon do on some of the items in my inventory?
On any item that is upgradeable in your inventory you have the option to trade it in for whiteprints (used for upgrading non-wonder items). If you click on the icon it will tell you how many whiteprints you'll get for trading it in. If you decide to trade it in, the whiteprints will go into the same holding area with your materials and the item you traded will be gone from your inventory. To know how many whiteprints you have, click on any item on display in the garden and look at the whiteprint square.
My questions weren't answered here, is there somewhere else to go to talk about the upgrade feature?
You can use the New Building Upgrades Discussion thread for more help.
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General Game Play
Why do some people have 2 of the same wonder?
This is from a lucky glitch ;-) Some people have received a wonder as a mystery gift. Others have been able to build the item in the Wonder bar once unlocked AND in their Inventory Storage.
Is there a way to start the game over again?
Not at this time. You can choose to play on the official website platform version to start a new game though. It can be found here: Playdom.com. There are also versions now for mobile and Google+ that are all ran independently from your FB garden.
Why does my reputation decrease when I put items in storage?
Only items displayed in your garden count towards your reputation. If you move an item back to the garden from your storage the reputation will be figured back into your total. If you sell the item you will permanently lose the reputation amount.
Is there a limit to the amount of items I can have in storage?
Yes, you can only hold 4000 total items. A few items have their own limits too. We can only keep a total of 99 energy cans, goggles, and thermo hints. We also can only hold 10 of each upgrade material.
Why do I have to buy an item again to finish a quest?
Part of the design of this game is purchasing items. If a quest says to "PLACE" an item that means you must purchase it again no matter how many you may already have. If the quest says "HAVE" then any item already in the garden or pulled from storage counts.
How do i turn on flashlight mode?
Flashlight mode is not something that needs turned on. When you are sent to do a scene in flashlight mode you will notice that the scene is dark except for a small lighted circle.
What are premium scenes?
These are extra scenes at the end of each chapter that you can purchase with gold for further game play. You will earn XP, coins, stars, and a special premium item. You also get a little bit more of the story line. They are not needed to advance in the game.
What is the Featured tab for?
It's to separate special content away from the main storyline chapters. Usually premium scenes that can be purchased for gold and have their own contained storyline.
What do the purple exclamation marks mean?
They show that an item is new.
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Got Any More Advice Left?
Why does it say I've already collected my bonus or that I was too slow to collect my bonus from the Facebook newsfeed?
Facebook limits the amount of bonuses each player can receive. Each type of bonus can only be collected 5 times. When that limit is reached you will see one of those messages.
I bought gold using the Get Gold tab in the game but it hasn't shown up yet.
Sometimes it can take 24hrs for gold to be credited to your account. If it's been more than 24hrs and your gold is not credited you'll need to try the troubleshooting steps and if that doesn't correct the problem you'll need to file a ticket with the support desk.
I bought gold using FB Credits and have not received the gold yet.
You'll still need to wait the 24hrs to see if it shows up in your account. If it doesn't, you'll need to submit a ticket through FB. To do that: Click on the arrow next to the Home button on your FB profile page. Choose Account Settings. Choose Payments. Choose Credits Purchase History. Look through listing for the receipt for this purchase and click to View Receipt. At the bottom of that receipt will be the option to click on Didn't receive this item where you can then submit a ticket to FB to get the missing gold corrected.
I tried to buy an item and it didn't show up but the game took my silver/coins.
Try the troubleshooting steps and if that doesn't correct the problem you'll need to file a ticket with the support desk.
How do I post a picture of my garden?
Look at the first post of this thread: Show Us Your Gardens for instructions.
How can I get enough reputation to unlock scenes without any room left in the garden?
We've got a helpful thread with everyone pitching in their ideas and tricks here: Great Ideas For Increasing Reputation
When I get enough reputation to unlock a new scene I get a pop-up telling me I've unlocked that scene plus 2 additional scenes. Where are the additional scenes?
That is an error that the developers are currently working to fix. There is only the one scene actually unlocked.
How do I know what region an item should be placed in?
We've got a list made by poster Jan1923 for that too found here: Spreadsheet for all GoT Items
How do I clear my flash cache?
Visit the Adobe Flash Player cache tool and choose Delete All Sites.
Is there somewhere I can go to find out if new chapters or upgrades are coming soon?
The best place to look is the official Gardens of Times Facebook page.
Where can I find a list of the free items that GoT has given away to make sure I have all of them that I can get?
There isn't an exact list, but you can scroll through GoT's official FB page where they were posted or scan through the ongoing thread poster JLee has made here that usually gets updated when new items are available.
Last edited by AngieDawn; 03-06-2012 at 06:54 PM.