An island affected by lifeless bears does not sound prefer it’d be a comfortable place, nevertheless it principally is. I’ve spent a while with Cozy Grove right now, an Animal Crossing-ish life-sim the place you play a scout tenting on an island the place a horrifying bear bloodbath passed off sooner or later prior to now. (That is not canon or something, however I assume it was a bloodbath as a result of the island is dwelling to a shocking variety of ghost bears.)
I have not unraveled all the main points but, however the ghosts are (up to now) fairly darn pleasant and upbeat contemplating they’re deceased, and so they’re actually retaining me busy with duties and chores. As you assist the ghost bears with their wants, which normally entails discovering some misplaced objects on the busy little island, they will develop into happier and the island round them will develop into extra colourful, encouraging extra ghosts to look.
There is a bird-bear (not an owlbear) working as a ship’s captain, who desires some additional feathers to assist him preserve heat. A postman bear desires some packages discovered and returned, which can end in a submit workplace opening on the island. One other ghost bear can assist you out with crafting objects, and one can present hints for those who’re having bother discovering objects hidden on this planet.
That can assist you out as you discover and hunt for misplaced objects, you’ll be able to dig issues up with a bit of shovel, search by way of piles of leaves, shake timber to dislodge fruit, and prepare dinner objects in your sentient campfire to create new assets. It is all utterly lovely, and a soothing soundtrack makes the expertise much more stress-free.
My favourite factor about Cozy Grove is that I’ve lastly met a online game service provider who truly pays first rate cash for stuff. In RPGs I am used to cooking up a bunch of meals and bringing it to a vendor and them being like, “Cool, this is 2 gold.” However I took some cooked greens to the service provider in Cozy Grove—he isn’t a lifeless bear however a residing fox with a mouse sitting on his head, although he have to be half bear as a result of he is huge—and he gave me nearly 2,000 cash for them. Thanks, huge fox! You are formally the very best service provider in a sport, ever.
Together with fetching objects for ghosts you’ll be able to earn cash by promoting your stuff to the service provider and purchase issues like new outfits, scarves, and hats, and you’ll work on bettering your personal campsite, which begins as only a bedroll however could be upgraded right into a tent after which a cabin. However progress is not one thing you’ll be able to simply sit there and grind out.
As Rachel famous in her preview, Cozy Grove takes place in actual time and there are some quests that may’t be accomplished in a single session. For example, my speaking campfire likes to dine on ghost logs (these are logs which might be additionally ghosts, critically, what the hell occurred on this island?) that I am given once I assist out a deceased bear with some process. My campfire requested for six logs, and I’ve bought 5, however I am unable to get the ultimate spectral log till tomorrow, as in, the precise tomorrow. There are nonetheless actions like fishing, gathering, and cooking I can do, however I am unable to simply sit there grinding by way of the Cozy Grove’s little quests with out coming again one other day.
And perhaps that is finally good? A lot as we prefer to mainline video games for hours at a time, it may be good (and might be more healthy) to play a sport for a half-hour or so after which examine again in a day later for an additional quick session. In accordance with the developer, there’s 40+ hours of Cozy Grove, and in bite-sized classes it is “designed to span months of playtime.”
I am unsure Cozy Grove is precisely my jam, nevertheless it’s awfully cute and for those who’re searching for an Animal Crossing fashion sport on PC, that is one it’s best to take into account. It is obtainable now on Steam and The Epic Retailer.