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There are oodles of video games set in space. Oodles being a scientific term, here, falling somewhere between a wee bit and a crap-load. What makes this game different? Oh, a whole bunch, the most glaringly obvious being you are stark naked. Cosmochoria makes being naked in space not only interesting, but fun too!
Spoiler Free Summary
Cosmochoria is the brain child of Nate Schmold. You play as a sexually ambiguous cosmonaut who is tasked with revitalizing a galaxy that is completely barren. You do this by planting seeds, growing plants, and protecting the planets from evil-doers. Along the way, you discover secrets of the lands that have been lost to time. Choose to venture off and explore new planets, or stay and protect your secret garden, it’s totally up to you. Marketed as a “love letter to old school arcade games”, Cosmochoria gives you all the arcade style shooting power your heart could desire.
This game is not easy, but it is enjoyable. I felt like Mark Watney from The Martian, just trying to survive on my rock in the galaxy by growing greenery. The colors are striking and the visuals engaging. The dialogue presented was humorous and kept me wanting to find out more! With that being said, I enjoyed having the ability to stay on one planet if that was my desire. This aspect made the game feel a bit more relaxed, despite the whirlwind of enemies.
Every time you perish in the game, it takes you back to the start screen where you have the option to upgrade your character with things you have collected in the game. Character upgrades can range anywhere from increasing jump height to donning underwear. This aspect of the game makes it less disappointing when you die. Instead, it turns into what can I give my naked dude now?
Now what I really want to talk about is this soundtrack. This soundtrack is absolutely amazing! There is a trend out there right now where people buy the original sound tracks to video games. I always thought that was a little bit silly. I mean, apart from The Last of Us, I can’t think of a video game soundtrack that I would actively listen to. That was until I played Cosmochoria. The music is catchy and I found myself (on more than one occasion) bopping my head around to the beat. I would buy this OST in a heartbeat to listen to on the regular.
I thoroughly enjoyed my naked little cosmonaut running around planting beautiful gardens on tiny planets. While I did find the game play frustrating at times, I think that is just the nature of the beast. Arcade style games aren’t meant to be something with an engaging story that pulls you in and makes you play from beginning to end. Even if there was an arcade style game that does that, Cosmochoria isn’t it. And that’s okay! Sometimes you need a game where you can jump on a planet and use your pew-pew gun to take down angry aliens. I’m all for that.
Cosmochoria marries the charming with the challenging in a way that makes you want to come back for more! I would recommend this game to anyone who wants to plant some gardens and kill some bad guys with a killer soundtrack. If you are still skeptical, watch this trailer here!