A recreation the place you arrange camp on an island with cute anthropomorphic neighbors. Sounds acquainted, doesn’t it? Befittingly so, as Spry Fox’s Cozy Grove takes inspiration from the stress-free tones of Animal Crossing. On the similar time, it does a very good job of including its personal aptitude whereas deviating from a number of the extra hardcore mechanics of the social simulation sequence.
Collect ‘Around the Campfire
You play as a Spirit Scout, and find yourself washed ashore on the island of Cozy Grove. Accompanying you in your travels is the sentient flame, uh, Flamey. In contrast to Animal Crossing, nevertheless, your island is full of ghosts who’ve been inhabiting the island for a very long time. Holding the Spirit Scout Motto in thoughts (All These Who Are Misplaced Deserve Kindness), you start life on the island and make it your mission to assist the spirits go on.
The sport relies in your system’s inner clock, so that you’ll be capable to cycle by the seasons on Cozy Grove whereas with the ability to sink in a mean of 40 hours of story content material. Very like Spry Fox’s earlier video games corresponding to AlphaBear and Street Not Taken, there are sq. bears, amongst different animals that the spirits take the type of. Of their charming gibberish-speak accompanied by quips, they’ll provide you with a quest that must be fulfilled and can contribute to your relationship with them, in addition to the colours on Cozy Grove.
The extra quests you full, the extra Spirit Wooden you’ll earn to feed to Flamey, and your fire-y pal will unlock extra elements of your island for you. As you begin off, the island will likely be pretty monotonous, barring the sunshine emitted by Flamey, however the extra you play, the extra colour begins to seep in. You’ll get to know all of the cuboid creatures and their backstories as effectively, and whereas some are very foolish, some can pull at your heartstrings.
It is Okay to Log Off
When you full your each day quests, there isn’t a lot to do. In fact, there’s a bunch of different actions corresponding to fishing, harvesting, and even bits of crafting and adorning concerned, however these are all to a wholesome restrict. Right here enters the very best side of Cozy Grove, the sport encourages you to sign off and are available again one other day. If the NPCs don’t have anything extra to ask from you, and Flamey doesn’t have any recommendation, the sport will certainly inform you to test once more tomorrow. This kind of laidback expertise might not be for everybody, because it does not fairly create the gameplay loop that may be present in Animal Crossing. Positive, you’ll be able to time journey and play on even additional, however I by no means felt the necessity to take action.
In contrast to Animal Crossing: New Horizon’s hurrying nature that makes you’re feeling like you must quick ahead a number of days simply to shift the museum by two areas, Cozy Grove feels extra like the sooner installments of Animal Crossing again when trades for Raymond in bins weren’t all the fashion, and the sport was extra of simply wandering round and speaking to individuals. It feels good to only acquire some seashells and speak to the postman about how his day’s been, as a substitute of scrambling to promote my turnips at a revenue.
Not all the pieces is fully ship-shape nevertheless, as I did have some qualms with the management scheme. As Cozy Grove was initially launched for Apple Arcade, it might appear that the interface is primarily meant for the cell expertise. On a console, it doesn’t really feel fairly proper. The mapping feels a bit awkward and plenty of occasions I felt there may have been fewer button presses concerned for sure actions. To not point out, the variety of occasions I went cross-eyed going left to proper throughout the display between my stock and quest log. What would have solved this could be the power to remap the buttons, however there’s none sadly.
The benefit of the Change in handheld is that it’s contact display enabled, so in case your pleasure cons are providing you with an excessive amount of of a headache with the drift like mine are, you’ll be able to simply hold them apart and play the sport utilizing contact controls.
In fact, other than peaceable gameplay, there’s extra to Cozy Grove than simply its identify. The hand-drawn artstyle that fills in with extra colour as you progress is a superb mechanic and maintains the marginally eerie but heat feeling of the sport. The music additionally provides to the tranquil nature, together with the opposite ambient noises of the island.
One of the best ways to play Cozy Grove is on the finish of a protracted day whereas curling up in mattress. It’s the right recreation to play briefly bursts and takes up 20-Half-hour of your day. As somebody who says you’ll be able to by no means have too many stress-free video games, Cozy Grove ticks numerous bins for me, whereas serving as a reminder to take someday at a time
TechRaptor reviewed Cozy Grove on Nintendo Change with a replica supplied by the writer. It’s also obtainable on PC, iOS, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.