Cozy Grove from The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild and Spry Fox is a relaxing and fun adventure on PS4. Learn more in our Cozy Grove review!
What if Animal Crossing but a bit more haunted? That’s the quick way to summarize Cozy Grove, a very chill experience out now on PlayStation 4 from The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild and Spry Fox. You’ll be joined on this adventure by Flamey, your companion who can aid you to help the many wounded, restless spirits that reside in Cozy Grove. They’re in desperate need of help but are, unfortunately, not conscious of this. It’s a rather peculiar spot for the first camping trip of a new member of the Spirit Scouts, don’t you think? The game is best played in short bursts on a daily basis so that you can complete some objectives here and there as you gain access to new resources and find new ghosts to help.
Your journey will begin as you join the Spirit Scouts. You’ll get to use the game’s customization options to select your character’s face and skin color, eye colors – from delightful options such as wraith green or spectral red -, select your hairstyle and hair color. Once you’ve taken care of this, you’ll be ready to start to explore Cozy Grove island for a very special camping trip! Just remember you’ll have to uphold the Spirit Scout motto while doing all this: All Those Who Are Lost Deserve Kindness.
You’ll move around with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, running by pressing and holding down the Circle Button. You can press the X button to interact with objects and other characters, as is the case for, say, standing near embers to light them up, so that you can have a chat with Flamey. Any items you collect will be added to your backpack, which you can access by pressing the Square button. If you have any quests to complete, just press the Triangle button to see what is going on.
Cozy Grove island is not a very colorful location, but as you end up completing objectives and interacting with others, you’ll slowly but surely start to add a bit of color to each area. The first thing you can do to add some color is to light up Flamey since you’re going to need its warmth to survive on the island! After this, you’ll meet Ranger Charlotte Pine, a ghost bear who will ask that you please search for some wood that you can throw onto Flamey to increase its reach. Just collect a bundle of spirit wood, hold it in your hands, and throw it onto Flamey to get started!
Ranger Charlotte Pine won’t be the only ghost you’ll find on Cozy Grove. You’ll soon meet Jeremy Gruffle, a bear that is very handy and can craft new items if you bring him the right items. First up, he’ll ask that you locate three branches so that he can work his magic. A minute later, you’ll return with the branches, and he’ll somehow turn them into shovel! This shovel will allow you to dig over soft dirt. Use the shovel on the dirt mounts you find, and you could end up with a potato or a sweet potato in your backpack!
If you’re having trouble finding hidden items, you should speak with ranger Charlotte Pine. She can sell you a hint for the right number of coins. You could also use your coins to pay Mr. Kit a visit. He’s a huge fox with a mouse on top of its head, who sets up shop on Cozy Grove after following Flamey’s fire. You could, for example, purchase an ocean fishing rod for 20 old coins so that you can go and fish around the shores of the island! Mr. Kit will also buy some of the items you collect, but be sure you’re ready to part with them!
As you spend more and more time playing Cozy Grove, you’ll be able to expand your tent near Flamey. This won’t be cheap, but it will allow you to add more storage slots for you to store some of the items you find. You can also pay to expand Mr. Kit’s so that it can offer rarer items and have a wider range of objects for you to purchase. You’re looking at 5,000 and 10,000 coins for each respective upgrade, so you’re certainly going to be playing this one for a while if you want to fully upgrade both!
Since you’re now part of the Spirit Scouts, you’ll be working on earning many badges during your time on Cozy Grove. You can get badges for being diligent, for being thrifty, for being friendly to animals, for proving you’re self-sufficient, for acting crafty, for being stout and resolute, for being an astute decorator, for proving you’re a survivalist, and for demonstrating your curiosity. You can earn many of each badge type, so be sure to pay attention to your progress by checking the badges in your collection! Check each badge type to see which badges you’ve completed, and you’ll be able to collect a reward for your efforts.
You will also start to see small Imps pop up all over the island. Imps are very shy creatures that you can befriend during your time in Cozy Grove. You can’t just run towards an Imp and not expect it to be startled! If you pay attention, an Imp will let you know what item it likes best by displaying a bubble over its head with said item. If you’ve managed to collect said item, keep your distance and hold down the R2 button to take aim and throw the item near the Imp. Once it grabs it, you’ll be able to approach the Imp to connect with it.
Imps aren’t the only additional creatures you’ll meet in Cozy Grove. You can also add pets to your camp! Pets will need to be fed, but you won’t be able to do this right away for your first pet since, as most of the content in Cozy Grove, you’ll have to wait for a day to pass. During the next day, some food will arrive in the mail, so be sure to go and collect it so that you can feed it to your new pet. Pets will have some likes and dislikes to consider as well so that you can increase the number of full hearts for your pets. The more hearts a pet has, the more essence you’ll be able to harvest from it.
There are many things to do in this game, and you’re rewarded for playing a bit of it every day, which means that this is not a game that you’re going to Platinum in a single day. In fact, there are going to be a pair of trophies for you to unlock for playing Cozy Grove for seven days and for ninety days, which does mean that you’re looking at three months of real days before you can even think of having a new Platinum! You’ll get your first trophy for completing the tutorial, and after this, you’ll get trophies as you meet new ghost bears, level up your tent, collect a ton of cash, sell, craft, and recycle thousands of items, break and repair a ton of tools, and more!
Cozy Grove is a relaxing, laidback experience that you’ll enjoy on PlayStation 4. There are many things to do every day as you play for 20-30 minutes at a time, completing quests – and quests that are available for a set period of time – as you try to help all of the spirits on the island. Resources regrow over time, so if you’re missing an item or two in order to build something, you should take a break and come back the next day. Other than some slowdown as you move around the island, and a lengthy initial loading segment when you load your save file, there’s not much to complain about this one. Cozy Grove is out on PlayStation 4 with a $14.99 price.
This Cozy Grove review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild.