Game review CHUCHEL: Cherry madness in Czech
There are video games, beaten out from the crowd, as if apart standing aside from all sorts of trends and fashions. For them, if there are no rules, frameworks, marketing gimmicks by which major publishers are making huge profits. However, some of them can be shamelessly called works of art. Get at least play an independent Czech studio Amanita Design ( "amanita" - mushroom, Eng.), Gave us an amazing quest Machinarium, Botanicula and Samorost trilogy. Today I'll tell you about this new game studio called CHUCHEL.
Platform Windows, Mac OS
Genre: the Adventure
Release Date: March 7, 2018
Developer: Amanita Design
Publisher: Amanita Design
Founded in 2003 by the Czech designer Jakub Dvorsky studio Amanita Design has become a haven for talented artists and animators. And even if the walls of the studio today employs no more than a dozen people, and new games come not so often, each of these works remains forever in the hearts of millions of players around the world. It all started with Flash-games Samorost and its sequel, which was released two years later. The history of the tiny space traveler has received a warm welcome from critics and players. But Jakub Dvorsky always wanted to make a full big game, which eventually became Machinarium (2009).
Machinarium has been gaining popularity and has won a great number of prestigious awards in a number of game shows. The game follows the adventures of a little robot Joseph, which overcomes many obstacles in their path to eventually save his beloved from the clutches of the villain. Exceptional design, great character animation, meticulous attention to the smallest detail, captivating puzzles and excellent musical accompaniment made the game a real national hit. Following Machinarium studio has released another unusual game Botanicula (2012).
Botanicula project became the author of one of the artists studio Amanita Design - Jaromír Plachý. It tells the story of five players of unusual creatures living on the tree and trying to save the last surviving parasites seed. Work was carried out on a game for two and a half years. Immediately after Botanicula went on sale, Jaromir scaffold began to think of his next game, which I you today and would like to talk. SHUCHEL - the fourth in a row big game studio Amanita Design (Flash-works not take into account) and, perhaps, the most ridiculous and insane of all.
The main hero of the game is a tiny hairy creature called Scarecrow (conformable to the Russian word "stuffed", it is not surprising at all), resembling an acorn black with bright orange cap. The whole plot is built around the pursuit of cherries, a favorite delicacy of the Scarecrow. But cherry loves not only he, but also his eternal rival Kekelia. Crusade for cherries is somewhat reminiscent of the misadventures of the famous squirrel from "Ice Age", which is worn like one possessed with his nuts. Not only is that bad luck is constantly interferes with the two heroes to eat delicious berries so on their way to more permanent there some giant godlike creature whose giant hand and then intervene in the unfolding events on the screen.
The game is a set of levels, each of which is a kind of puzzle. Deciding to their tasks, characters gain access to the next level and so on. Almost every puzzle starts with the fact that Cherry falls somewhere where it turns out not so easy to get it. Therefore, our heroes have no choice but to cooperate, to get to the desired results. Sometimes Kekelia reaches the cherries begins to run first and / fly / Stuffed depart from using any means available. But gradually, from sworn enemies characters become bosom friends. Even in a surface on the face of the video game there is a place to personal growth and a certain morality.
Puzzles extremely unobtrusive, but at the same time fascinating and hilariously funny. For example, we have to beat the cherries have revived dentures that not only did the evil like a dog, so more and keep the defense in the glass beaker. Another point you have to eat the fruit changing your form to fool the bear-music lover and take his cherry. Do you happen to take part in the snail races, using not quite honest methods, arrange fights, and even robots to play a kind of legendary video game Tetris, Space Invaders and Pac-Man. World CHUCHEL inhabit wonderful characters, its absurdity reminiscent of the famous Russian artist-animator Ivan Maximov (who at one time drew slononka for Dendy's logo). Each of you will meet the characters is unique in its own way charming. In this there is some special magic. Create so unusual and at the same time memorable characters - not an easy task.
If you are a long time did not manage to pass a particular puzzle, the game throws you tactfully hints. On the screen appears a sign with a question mark, clicking on which you will find step by step instructions in pictures. So you will be able to pass the current level and get to the next screen. Almost all the previous Amanita Design games always present a similar system. In Machinarium, for example, if you remember, there was a book with tips. The truth here is open it could only be passed uncomplicated mini-game. At this step the developers have gone to the players did not have the desire to look into the tips every 30 seconds.
CHUCHEL - game filled with beautiful Czech humor. Yes, it has some elements of absurdity, and even madness, but most of the humor of this kind and make smile even the most stale player. It is impossible to remain indifferent, watching the misadventures Scarecrow and Kekelia that has consistently come in a totally absurd situation, and then climb from the skin over themselves to get away from the water. We were playing with my wife, who is also a big fan of creativity studio Amanita Design. A powerful positive charge gained from this process, both, so for the remainder of the day we just walked and smiled at each other, being impressed by experienced adventure.
During the game continually gets the feeling that the staff Amanita Design smoking something very zaboristye, but it is in their games and attracts the most. After such kind of madness in modern gaming industry, built "on serious soup", very much lacking. Around pathos, shooting, invincible superhero, and at Amanita Design kindest charming game about robots, talking mushrooms and angry chuchelok. When you play in them - it is practically impossible to predict what will happen in the next few minutes. Game over and over again throws out such feint ears that narrating. And how do you not love such works? Just look at the screenshots!
Visually, the game looks just fine. Painted by hand, as well as other works of the studio, it breathes life and perfectly conveys unbridled imagination of developers through unusual images and high-quality animation. But even more than the visual component, striking sound and excellent music from Czech band DVA (OST available for purchase on Steam separately). All the characters speak a fictional language developers and CHUCHEL sound palette is so diverse that you always hear in the cartoon world is something new, which had simply not noticed. Music and sound engineering to create a unique atmosphere of joy and a real adventure, that only adds to the game personality.
- An amazing and strange world, inhabited by unusual creatures.
- The charming characters with a strong personality.
- The atmosphere of merriment and joy, tons of jokes and humor!
- Outstanding design and wonderful in all respects animation.
- The puzzles are really interested to solve.
- The system prompts for the case, if you suddenly get stuck.
- Elegant music and voice.
- Easy madness happening on the screen can confuse someone.
- The game is played just a couple of hours.
CHUCHEL in any case does not try to seem serious AAA projects with multi-million dollar budget, but this game is able to create a good mood in the players. And it will agree is well worth it. Adventures of a small stuffed into a strange world where everything can happen anything, will be great fun for adults and children. Even given the fact that the game is easily passed just two or three hours, it is worth every ruble on it (on Steam, it can be purchased for 299 rubles funny!). Resulting from the passage of CHUCHEL positive you would be enough to smile over several days. But many of us do not have enough joy in life. Here you have an effective and inexpensive recipe for a good mood from the Czech Republic. The game gets me 9 out of 10.