Cozy Grove is an exploration and journey recreation from developer Spry Fox. It was not too long ago launched on consoles and I managed to get my palms on a evaluate copy for the Nintendo Switch. I usually don’t play these sorts of video games however there was one thing particular about this one: ghost bears.
The large thought: Cozy Grove is a recreation in the identical style as Animal Crossing. It’s protected to say that followers of 1 would in all probability get pleasure from spending time with the opposite. But, as talked about, Cozy Grove has ghost bears. That may sound like a weak comparability, however the ghost bears are actually cute.
Okay, there’s extra:Cozy Grove seems like a recreation that was made by individuals who really care about me. Unlike Animal Crossing: New Horizon, a recreation that begs me to play 24 hours a day lest I miss a star sighting, sale, or particular occasion, Cozy Grove affords me the same expertise in a world extra suited to get pleasure from in small bursts.
Most gamers will discover the sport’s mixture of task-based quests and character interplay take up about 30 or so minutes a day. Once you’ve completed every part you are able to do, you’ll have to attend a couple of day to do extra quests.
On first inclination, this feels a bit like a rip-off. You pay your hard-earned cash for a recreation and its builders basically inform you to play on their phrases. But then I noticed Spry Fox wasn’t attempting to promote me any shortcuts, loot containers, or different crap.
From what I’ve been capable of discern, Spry Fox supposed for gamers to expertise the sport in small bites over months at a time quite than exhaust its content material in per week of marathon play periods.
This is a incredible and courageous strategy to recreation improvement. Our time is effective. Not simply as customers with a whole lot of entities competing for our consideration spans, however as people with psychological well being considerations most recreation makers don’t hassle themselves with.
Cozy Grove respects that by conceding it’s not a very powerful factor on the planet. It doesn’t need all of your time, just a bit everytime you’re within the temper.
The great things: I received’t get too deep into the story, however Cozy Grove has you create a personality referred to as a “Spirit Scout” who goes tenting on a haunted island. There, gamers meet a sentient fireplace and a number of other of the aforementioned ghost bears.
Your objective is to assist these bears of their transition whereas exploring the island and interacting with its inhabitants. The storytelling is top-notch and the writing is cute and humorous. There’s a common really feel of chill in every part Cozy Grove has to supply.
And there’s loads on supply. Cozy Grove has all of the acquainted trappings of the style (fishing, crafting, gathering, and occasions) in addition to a incredible story to get pleasure from as you whereas away your time on the island.
Also, the hand-drawn artwork route instantly jogged my memory of Don’t Starve, and that’s an excellent factor. The recreation seems sensible and exquisite on the Switch display screen, which is saying one thing contemplating you’ll spend a portion of play every day viewing the world in black and white.
The not so great things: The lack of instant depth mixed with the quick bursts of gameplay means it may be tough to keep your motivation to play when you’ve missed just a few days. Inventory administration can also be a bit annoying in that a number of quests require you to acquire a number of gadgets, however you possibly can solely flip them in when you’ve discovered the lot.
The backside line: This recreation’s a no brainer for followers of the style. But I’d additionally advocate it to anybody searching for a gaming expertise that received’t attempt to suck out your soul. If you’re searching for one thing cute and stress-free to do in your lunch break, a recreation to play on the practice, or simply one thing to do for half-hour a day to take your thoughts off issues, Cozy Grove is a superb place to go to.
Cozy Grove is now available on all main platforms.