Cozy Grove Review (Xbox Series S)

Cozy Grove Review (Xbox Series S)

Welcome to Cozy Grove, a game about camping on a haunted, ever-changing island. As a Spirit Scout, you’ll wander the island’s forest each day, finding new hidden secrets and helping soothe the local ghosts. With a little time and a lot of crafting, you’ll bring color and joy back to Cozy Grove!

Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 2GB download size.
  • 1000 Gamerscore.
  • 3 save slots.
  • Character creator-skin color, hairstyle, and color.
  • Survival adventure gameplay.
  • Tutorials play out as you explore.
  • Shows real-time and date.
  • Chilled out soundtrack.
  • Animal Crossing like in that it has a set amount of progress you can do in one real day.
  • The game originally starts out almost black and white with hints of color but as you play the world gets colorful.
  • Crafting-earn new blueprints gather materials from the island.
  • Fishing-simple cast power, aim and release system, and the pad vibrates when a fish bites.
  • You play as a spirit scout who can communicate with ghosts, do tasks for ghosts to help get them closure.
  • Each ghost has a progress bar.
  • Light-place lamp posts and help ghosts to have a light on an area that in turn will generate color into the map.
  • Can buy/sell materials/items/clothing.
  • You can change your appearance whenever.
  • Even after you have done all the progress stuff in a day you can still play afterward and do some material gathering and selling.
  • Can skip interactions/cutscenes.
  • On-screen Hud is clear and gives icons for tasks.
  • A lot of tasks will have you trying to find materials or items that are hidden in the World.
  • Collection-hand in items, materials, and animals to register them in the collections and earn rewards.
  • Gathering spots-bushes and digging spots will randomly spawn around the map.
  • Spirit logs-you get so many of these a day and as a reward from people you help. These will eventually upgrade your camp.
  • Badges-bit like achievements, you earn rewards for doing certain actions.

Cozy Grove Review (Xbox Series S)

Cons:

  • Slow-paced.
  • A lot of fetch quests.
  • For the majority of the game especially early on, it’s like a find Wally game.
  • Takes a while to get going.
  • You have little in the way of variety from other players as it’s very rigid.
  • Slight performance hitches.
  • Repetitive mission structure.

Cozy Grove Review (Xbox Series S)

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.6/10

Summary

Cosy Grove is a game that is a visual delight with its hand-drawn graphics and how the color splashes into life as you progress. Cosy Grove takes a lot of inspiration from Animal Crossing by doing the whole daily list of chores structure. You get a handful of tasks for the day and once done that’s it for the actual real-world day, you can still play and do some material-gathering or fishing but actual gameplay progress is stopped. I like the structure as it doesn’t require a big time commitment but it does flip with you not being able to do as much as you want when you have more time. Overall the game gets really good but it’s a long long path to the goods what with the break up of progress. It could have been a better option to make the game structure more open but as it is OK but the tasks are drawn out and repetitive which makes the motivation to carry on that much harder.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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