A tiny, naked cosmonaut with a jetpack & laser blaster must revive a dying galaxy by planting one seed at a time. An innovative and addictive arcade adventure experience with mystery and intrigue in all the right places.
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Release Date: Apr 27, 2015

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May 12

Announcing My/Our Next Game: Slayaway Camp!

So some of you might be curious what I've been working on this past year since Cosmochoria was launched. I can answer that in one simple web link:

http://www.slayawaycamp.com



Check out the video on that page, and don't forget to scroll down and sign up for the closed beta at the end of the month. It's going to be iOS only for the beta, and the game might one day come to Steam, but we're focussing on it being a Mobile game for now, just because the touch screen / movement interface fits so well.

Hope you awesome guys & girls dig it!! If you want to share the video with your friends, it would really help me spread the word, too! I'd be eternally grateful :)

Hugs,
Nate

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April 26

Cosmochoria 1.18 - NEW Language Support!

Just wanted to post that the new update for Cosmochoria has been posted. It fixes a bunch of small bugs but primarily adds in support for FRENCH, RUSSIAN, GERMAN and SPANISH.

Full 1.18 changelog here:

  • NEW THING: Pick your language. Hopefully it reads well, tho i'll never know. Huge love to Curve Digital for the localization support.
  • More start up sound bytes... cycles through them randomly.
  • BUGFIX: Clear map stuff when fighting final boss.
  • BUGFIX: Final music doesnt use sysbgm volume
  • BUGFIX: Rebound keys dont permit planting
  • BUGFIX: Floating/Sunken Hive bug.
  • BUGFIX: Make sure rebind menu not avail in game. ISSUES
  • BUGFIX: Deny a couple rebind keys that had UI issues
  • BUGFIX: A few enemies not showing their scores when defeated (was correctly adding score to total, just not showing the floating point value)

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Reviews

“Cosmochoria is a perfect blend of serenity and chaos.”
Destructoid

“...with colorful imagery and atmospheric background music, [he created] something fresh.”
IndieGames .com

“Cosmochoria is a sugar shock of sweet arcade fun in a beautifully psychedelic wrapper! Nate Schmold's debut game is a labor of love that deserves a wide and appreciative audience.”
Jason Kapalka, Co-Founder of PopCap

About This Game

Cosmochoria is a love letter to old-school action / arcade games like Asteroids, Sinistar, and Mario Bros. Cosmochoria is a mesmerizing way to kill hours: hopping between planets, unraveling forgotten mysteries, killing aliens & giant space monsters and planting mysterious seeds to sprout new life across a long-barren galaxy.

You play the role of a tiny pink naked cosmonaut who 'finds himself' in a distant galaxy. While no story is immediately apparent, consecutive games will begin to reveal some of the deeper mysteries surrounding the universe around you.

You are free to roam the galaxy in search of these secrets, or to remain on a single planet, establishing a home base to fight aliens and tend to your galactic garden.

Game Features:
  • So much Pew Pew Pew High Score arcade action.
  • Super secrety mystery STEAM ACHIEVEMENTS for unlockable braggeryness.
  • Plant seeds to sprout new plants, new plants give more seeds.
  • Grow plants to fill dead planets with your Love Juices.
  • Massive UltraNova Explosions Like from Contra III.
  • Build Towers like a construction BOSS.
  • Procedurally generated galaxy. Each game is unique like a snowflake.
  • Aliens poop crystals from their bums before they explode.
  • Spend said poop crystals at the upgrade shop to improve your abilities.
  • Radical interstellar screen sized boss fights.
  • Mini-Map Upgrade plots your cosmic journey.
  • Warping around the whole place like U really mean it.
  • Fresh electronic soundtrack by Ilkae, Zebra & Mantrakid.
  • Hand Crafted Vector illustration stylee.
  • Form Deeply Special Bonds with Secret Cartoon Animal Pets.
  • Befriend an old hermit alien at his wooden shack.
  • Discover hidden artifacts strewn across the galaxy.
  • Fire Bullets into a whole bunch of Bad Guy Faces.
  • Float NAKEDLY all over Outer Space!!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GT/s 4xx or Equivalent
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2 Ghz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 600 Series or Higher
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS 10.7+
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB NVidia or ATI Graphics Card
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS 10.9+
    • Processor: Intel i5+
    • Graphics: 2 GB+ NVidia or ATI Graphics Card
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB NVidia or ATI Graphics Card
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Graphics: 2 GB+ NVidia or ATI Graphics Card
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Very Positive (361 reviews)
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MeatShake
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
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Classy Thatguyinthecorner
( 34.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 7
Product received for free
First of all, yes I did receive this product for free

I am a sucker for rogue-lite games, and this game grabbed my attention from the very moment I found it. Cosmochoria is an amazing game for passing the time; the lovely soundtrack and beautiful artstyle work together wonderfully to create an experience that many will enjoy. Though I have not 'finished' the game yet I think that I have experienced enough of it to deliver an educated and informed opinion on the game, and the features of the game.

The game, though it can be challenging at times, is a lovely experience and can be relaxing to many. You fly through space landing on, and settling planets with plant life in order to get further in the game. You can build towers and shields on these planets to fend of monsters that attack you whilst you play, and you can discover rare items that unlock items for you to use in other playthroughs of the game.

Pros

  • Engaging artstyle
  • Amazing soundtrack
  • Great way to waste time
  • Enticing gameplay
  • Acheivements
  • Controller support
  • Community friendly dev

Cons

  • Game can sometimes be repetitive (I recommend playing in smaller sessions so not to wear the game out)
  • Bosses can be hard to prepare for

Overall, I would give this game a strong 8/10
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sandeee
( 10.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
the song at the end is great. oh and there's a tiny naked astronaut
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fluffiliscious
( 11.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 2
Mostly uncomplicated and easy to spend 15 minutes or two hours playing. Collect crystals from killing enemies to buy upgrades and make your job a little easier. Very cute game with quirky achievements. Growing plants and giving the planets life is incredibly satisfying.
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Larry Long Dong
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Yeah not bad you can spend a few hours on this game then you realize its pretty much empty still tho not a bad game but not for PC/PS4 still don't know why it isn't an app yet.
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Encantador
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Unfortunately, for me this game did not work as I expected. After 1.5 hours of gameplay I got bored with repetitive routines. Possibility to upgrade between "deaths" could possibly save it for someone. But it did not for me.
Pros: good cause - saving the universe by reviving the life on the planets, cute graphics, simple gameplay.
Cons: too repetitive, almost no story, just plant, shoot, defend, sometimes upgrade.
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flutten
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Cute game, kills time pretty well
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professor1723
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Cosmochoria is a surprisingly relaxing game, considering that you are shooting aliens and fleeing massive cosmic dragons. This is an enjoyable little game that lets you power your stress levels down.
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mcmarmite
( 58.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
Looove this game. The music is always in my head, so good. And the gameplay is creative. Such a clever, fun idea with amusing dialogue. I wish there were more types of enemies, however. The artifacts make up for that mostly, though, because the cursed ones make them attack in different styles, which makes things more interesting. I have spent... maybe too many hours playing this game, and I just want to play more. Great job, great job. Oh, and did I mention the fantastic music? That music. Give me more, give me more.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Unfortunately, for me this game did not work as I expected. After 1.5 hours of gameplay I got bored with repetitive routines. Possibility to upgrade between "deaths" could possibly save it for someone. But it did not for me.
Pros: good cause - saving the universe by reviving the life on the planets, cute graphics, simple gameplay.
Cons: too repetitive, almost no story, just plant, shoot, defend, sometimes upgrade.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Product received for free
First of all, yes I did receive this product for free

I am a sucker for rogue-lite games, and this game grabbed my attention from the very moment I found it. Cosmochoria is an amazing game for passing the time; the lovely soundtrack and beautiful artstyle work together wonderfully to create an experience that many will enjoy. Though I have not 'finished' the game yet I think that I have experienced enough of it to deliver an educated and informed opinion on the game, and the features of the game.

The game, though it can be challenging at times, is a lovely experience and can be relaxing to many. You fly through space landing on, and settling planets with plant life in order to get further in the game. You can build towers and shields on these planets to fend of monsters that attack you whilst you play, and you can discover rare items that unlock items for you to use in other playthroughs of the game.

Pros

  • Engaging artstyle
  • Amazing soundtrack
  • Great way to waste time
  • Enticing gameplay
  • Acheivements
  • Controller support
  • Community friendly dev

Cons

  • Game can sometimes be repetitive (I recommend playing in smaller sessions so not to wear the game out)
  • Bosses can be hard to prepare for

Overall, I would give this game a strong 8/10
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77 of 86 people (90%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
53.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 29, 2014
Cosmochoria tells the off-the-wall story of a lone astronaut, equipped curiously with nothing but his trusty laser pistol and space helmet. No, seriously, that's all, this dude is completely naked. Not much is known about our naked astro-protagonist other than his mission to bring color and life to a dying galaxy randomly sprinkled with lifeless planets. You'll jetpack around in classic arcade fashion pew-pew-pewing all that stand in your way as you rocket between the rocky spheres in an effort to rescue these planets from bleakness.

Your early career as a cosmic space horticulturist will be painstakingly difficult and a bit of a slow start. The game starts you off with the core essentials and not much else, including a basic jetpack for floating between planets, a puny peashooter and just enough seed to get you started with your first plant of each run. The planets start off barren and empty but as you fertilize them with your psychedelic plants become more and more cosmic and groovy. With each anomaly you plant a new wave of enemies approaches and you're faced with defending yourself while managing to plant more in the process. The further you get and the more you plant, the more intense and difficult the enemy waves get forcing you to skip and jump over shots and fight back the small alien creatures dropped by UFOs.

Luckily, filling a planet with enough funky space plants to fill the empty heart at the core means you've accomplished reviving it, and the planet gives back its lifeforce to your missing health as some strange act of gratitude. This lengthens your lifespan giving you a chance to collect the dropped gems from enemies used for buying new equipment or items between plays. The equipment you accumulate through your many playthroughs are what take Cosmochoria from being just a fun arcade romp to a fully addictive and almost roguelike experience with persistent elements that expand on the length of each trip. You'll find permanent upgrades for everything from maximum health, speed of your character, to the amount of starting seeds you bring with you at the beginning and all will help push you on your journey to discovering the secrets of Cosmochorias world.

The world is chock full of secrets to discover, and given the randomized nature of the game will appear at the least expected of times and runs. These secrets are obviously.. a bit secret so I don't want to spoil them but can come in the form of anything from strange and mysterious turds to ancient space eggs. Their usage is generally as cryptic as the item itself, and usually involves finding another oddball character in the galaxy to bring the item to. The rewards you gain from these strange, cryptic, and secret side quests randomly sprinkled across this colorful cosmos are extremely worth the trip and usually give you permanent upgrades that will carry over and speed up your future endeavors into this trippy realm.

Cosmochoria makes me feel like a kid on saturday morning again, the oddly nostalgic twinklings of the opening song evoke a melancholy feeling in me that is both very happy and at the same time a bit sad. The memories of childhoods filled with imagination and creativity seem so close to us in our minds, but are also far in the past and unreachable in our adult lives. Perhaps this is the point of Cosmochoria? To remind us that even though we're adults, the world isn't so bleak, that we can still escape to worlds inside our minds the same way we did as children and forget the troubles of reality and really expand our imagination even during the mind-numbing process of growing older. This is a game without a demographic, for anyone and everyone to enjoy, it's a showcase of the kind of creativity and imagination games can and should have, and the only requirement is that you have a serious passion for fun.

Cosmochoria is an incredibly fun and addictive journey into a fantastically colorful world of cosmic entities.Filling each planet and watching them transform is addictive to me in the same way watching your ball in Katamari Damacy fill with the trinkets and relics of the world you roll up around you was. It's very accessible in its arcade-like execution and controls, but retains the high skill ceiling of a roguelike that keeps you pressing on to find what you need to increase your survivability in future plays. It's the kind of game you can pick up and play for a few minutes, or get lost in and obsess over upgrades and collectibles for hours on end. Not only is it just plain damn fun, but it features a stylish world with a unique cast of characters and monsters that I won't ever forget in the same way I never forget the cartoons or picture books that shaped my childhood. Yes, Cosmochoria is that kind of an experience.
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74 of 88 people (84%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 3, 2015
One small step for naked man, one giant leap for naked mankind.

Cosmochoria is an action adventure game with rogue-like elements that recently left Early Access. You assume the role of a naked cosmonaut (kinda reminds me of the naked mole rat from Kim Possible) who has found himself stranded in a strange galaxy far from home. You must explore this new galaxy while searching for artifacts, fighting enemies and gardening! As you play you will unravel an interesting story which tells you how and why the galaxy you are in has become the way it is. Your main aim is to travel from planet to planet planting seeds and growing enough plants to 'create an atmosphere' for the planet, doing so not only rewards you with items but also allows you to heal on said planet

+Charming vector illustration art style
+It's a very open-ended game so you're free to do what you want, if you just want to grow plants on one planet and defend it then you're free to do so for as long as you wish
+Procedurally generated galaxy, you'll never play the same game twice
+Lots of different kinds of enemies which are introduced as you get further into the game
+Lots of weapons, skins and upgrades to unlock as you play through finding unique items or by collecting enough alien poop crystals to buy things in the shop
+A number of towers to build on your planets
+Some rather interesting mechanics, such as portals which teleport you across the galaxy
+Challenging boss fights
+Great writing and an interesting backstory
+So much to discover and understand
+Lots of NPCs to find across the galaxy
+Very original idea
+Awesome electronic soundtrack which fits nicely with the game's setting
+Active and friendly devs
+Cool, and worringly naked, protagonist

+/-You have to do a fair bit of grinding to get enough poop crystals for upgrades
+/-You can't save your game, if you want to quit you have to die
+/-Due to how open ended it is it can be difficult to know what to do at times

-The gameplay is a little too simple for it's own good and often feels repetitive particularly when you restart a game
-You only get a mini-map by finding it(? I've never really worked out what causes me to get it when I do have it) which is irritating because it's hard to navigate without it

Verdict:
8

Cosmochoria is a great action/adventure space game with an awesome art style, procedural generation, lots of unlocks and an original idea. If you're a fan of space games or have some strange desire to become and extraterrestrial botanist I strongly suggest you pick this game up.

***This review was written using a key provided by the Developer for review purposes***

El K.
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36 of 40 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 27, 2015
It's certainly unique. So the basic mechanics are: jet around in space from planet to planet, planting trees to restore them. Once a planet is restored, it dispenses a random treasure and heals you. While this is going on you will be assaulted RELENTLESSLY by enemy aliens, which gets pretty frustrating. I was having Spore flashbacks for a while. After X time has passed, a massive boss monster will spawn, which necessitates jetting through space while managing your fuel and hopefully hopping between restored planets for healing. This is the phase where you'll usually die horribly and start over -- and if you don't, you plod on until the next boss spawns.

From treasure chests you'll either get some gems (for postgame upgrades), bombs, bricks (build largely ineffective towers with), or artifacts. Artifacts can be traded in for mutators accessible from the main menu, such as disallowing towers, more enemies, less enemies, "no eggs" (???) and the like. Most of these are also largely ineffectual, as I've noticed no difference even playing with fewer enemies and lower enemy health. Each time you start a new game the galaxy will be mostly randomized, including planetoids, what types of enemies will appear, and whether or not weapon powerups (which are crucial, as you can't buy weapon upgrades) will actually appear. The RNG swing is kind of ridiculous, I've had games where apparently every chest has contained an artifact, and others where they don't seem to exist. I've repeatedly gotten duplicate artifacts, and sometimes I've been unable to trade a new artifact in for no apparent reason. I somehow collected a pickup from a boss after the game was over despite dying to it, which gave me a white screen and a weird three-minute musical number.

It's really hard to tell how much of this game is actually functioning as intended, what's glitching out and what's just plain dickish design, and much like Rogue Legacy the necessitation of perishing repeatedly to grind upgrades is starting to rub me the wrong way, but to a certain extent I'm still quite enjoying it anyway. I'm just not sure if it's more fun or frustrating yet.
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34 of 37 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 4, 2014
This game is a fun little action game set among rotating planets, little prince style. You start on a planet and defend it while planting seeds to make an atmosphere appear (which helps with defending from various baddies.) After you feel you have built up the planetoid enough (or at any time for that matter) you can use your jetpack to fly to other planetoids and keep going. The game is procedurally generated with a progressive unlocking system for new abilities and weapons.

Each time you play the game starts out pretty slowly, allowing you to build up your planet and as you explore your solar system the difficulty progresses at a nice pace. There are bosses that show up and a nice variety of enemies.
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32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 4, 2015
I was first sceptical, especially after the first few playthroughs but I'm a sucker for upgrades when done right and slowly but surely I became stronger and next thing I knew a 10 minute play session turned into two hours and now I'm hooked. If you like planet hopping physics and planting seeds to make planets grow (and give you health) then this is for you. I'm a 33 year old male and find it hard to get into games the older I get, even though I still love them. So, if you find yourself in the same boat and are looking for a casual game where you die often (and that's okay) then this is for you! Anyway, I'm not great at writing reviews, this is my first one. I liked the game that much I felt compelled to come here and tell you all that I love it!
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40 of 48 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2015
Pros:
+ Kawaii
+ Wonderful planets
+ Nice soundtrack
+ Epic boss fights

Cons:
- Expensive upgrades
- Issue with retrieving the artifacts
- BSOD

This game have a charm but there are some things that I believe should be fixed.
The goal in Cosmochoria is to grow plants until the certain planet create its own atmosphere (there are 50 planets). Visual style is kawaii and neat, every planet is colorful and different. During exploring you will be swarmed by many different foes, some of them are annoying, some of them are really bad. Boss fights are nice but ice dragon is overpowered and the green cloud boss is really easy, you can just stand in one place and shoot around until it's defeated. When I was almost done with the game I found some kind of easter egg or boss, still don't know what was that because I was immediately terminated by blue screen of death (in the game). About artifacts - it's hard to find the place to bring the artifact back, for me it's not worth it. I think the solution would be some kind of radar to point where you need to go. There are some weapons to unlock but they are expensive, after 2 hours I was able to buy homing blaster which is worse than laser blaster that costs 15x less. Some upgrades are too expensive and I was not even bothering to buy them. And one more thing, when you accidentaly find the crystal there is 80% opportunity its a monster...
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33 of 39 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
172.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 25, 2014
Definitely my favorite arcade-style shooter in a while. Not only do you get to fly around in space NAKED, (which is amazing all on its own), but the tree-planting, planet-revitalizing aspect of the game really adds a unique element to the familiar space-shooter gameplay. The planets add some interesting dimension and strategy to the game; for example, large planets take much longer to revive than teeny tiny planets but also provide much more protection.

The map is randomized each playthrough as well, which keeps the game from becoming stale or dull. There are things that spawn randomly throughout the universe that you will stumble across, (such as NPCs and other secret things) that offer upgrades or sidequests. I would tell you about them but they are seekrits. (Spoiler! PETS!!)

Cosmochoria is challenging, but not punishing. After dying, the crystals you collect from gunning down enemies can be used to buy various upgrades, (from increased health to new weapons, to special abilities) that will help you progress further the next time you play. (And some of the weapons are really really fun!)

But yes! Expect to die. A lot. You will be swarmed by aliens. You will accidentally fly into the sun. All your hard work will be destroyed by some angry UFO who was, apparently, having a bad day and decided to take it out on you. But know that there is always some crazy new stuff waiting for you upon your inevitable demise, and you will do better next time.

But the most important thing, I think, is that Cosmochoria is simply fun to play. It's fun to blow up enemies while desperately trying to keep your baby trees alive, and it's satisfying to watch planets come back to life after you've worked so hard to protect them. There's a zen-like quality about the game that somehow comes through despite all the crazy hectic alien killing. (And did I mention that you're NAKED?)

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27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 29, 2014
Cosmochoria is an action game set in space where you control a naked cosmonaut that wants (and has) to explore the secrets of the universe by planting seeds, floating through space in search of other planets and by killing gigantic bosses. Got your attention ? Good. Let’s read on.

The gameplay dates back to a time when the action genre was still one of the most popular genres out there. Cosmochoria is thankfully a bit deeper than that, and even though you will still blast tons of enemies there’s more to do than just killing alien life forms.
By planting seeds and growing plants you’ll earn additional seeds. These seeds can and have to be used in order to save dying planets. Plant enough of them and the planet will come back to live again. This is shown by a huge heart put in the center of the planet itself. The heart acts like a meter and when it’s filled up you’re done saving that specific planet and it’s time to move on again. The meter will decrease if you have less than full health. That’s because the life of the planet is also used to recharge your own health meter. Anyway, if there’s a warp point on the planet you can use one of those to transport to a different planet and if not then you can use your jetpack to get moving again.
While planting seeds you will be regularly attacked by invading aliens so it’s your job to kill them while growing these seeds into plants. Once you stop planting and you’ve killed all of the remaining enemies they won’t spawn as quickly anymore. Killed enemies will drop crystals that can later be used to buy better gear and upgrades.
Occasionally a boss will spawn. These are extremely tough, especially at the beginning when you have nothing but your starting equipment, and they take a lot of patience and skill to kill. They’re even harder to hit when you’re out in space so let’s just hope for your sake that you’ve already landed on a planet when the fight begins.
Your jetpack is part of your default equipment and it can be used to dodge incoming fire (by hopping around) or it can be used to propel yourself into space. Once you’re out of the atmosphere you have to rely on your jetpack for navigation. If you stop using it you will still continue to float into the direction you were moving. The jetpack’s meter will very slowly refill and it’s key to time is as efficiently as possible. There are red zones (I think they are some sort of suns) and if you come in too close you will burn up and die. If you approach a new planet and enter it’s atmosphere you will automatically drop on the ground. Then the whole process repeats itself.
After you die you will lose everything but your crystals and before starting a new game you can use these same crystals to upgrade all kinds of stuff. You can select an upgrade that allows you to take extra seeds with you or to move around faster. And as I already mentioned you can also bring more powerful guns with you and even unlock new outfits.

Cosmochoria uses pretty, but simple, 2D vector graphics. The whole game looks sharp and has a nice style of its own. Some enemies could benefit from some extra or more animations but that might eventually be fixed or added in a later version of this Early Access edition.
The game uses minimal sound design at the moment of writing this review but the sounds of gunshots, completed planets and your jetpack (among others) sound perfectly fine.
The music is catchy and electronic, but it repeats itself a bit too often and could use a little more variety. But again, these might be implemented at a later stage of development.

You could play this game until the end of time. Unlocking every upgrade could take you tens of hours and since every galaxy is randomly generated nothing is ever completely the same. Completing a ‘perfect’ game will take you weeks, if not more. The game also has integrated Leaderboards so that you can compare your stats with other players and friends.

Plenty of updates are still being planned for this game and it will take at least several months before it’s remotely complete. But what’s there is already very much in a fully working, playable state. And above all, it’s quite fun. It does start off slow, but by slowly collecting a couple of crystals with every game you play you’ll be able to afford an upgrade (or several) in no time. Things really pick up when you have a few upgrades in your possession. Still, a bit of tweaking so that you can afford something earlier would be nice (progression feels a bit too slow at the beginning) and would also be better for the casual gamers out there or those who don’t have the time to play it as much as they’d like.

The developer is also actually working very close with the community to make this game even better so if you have any suggestions or things that could be improved – anything really - don’t hesitate to post in the forums or to mail the developer himself; he's actively listening. I was surprised to see some of my suggested feedback make it into the game within days of reporting it.
Overall, I really enjoyed Cosmochoria. So there you have it: a big thumbs up from me.

[Rating: 81/100]
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