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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August 23

New Build 1.19!

Hey girl dudes and guy dudes. Just wanted to drop a line that thanks to the awesome efforts of the Greenworks team, Scirra team and LIL OL ME i managed to get the game updated to a much more recent version of Node Webkit, using a much more recent version of Construct 2, and a much more recent version of the Steamworks API.

What does this mean exactly? Well, it should fix a butt tonne of engine bugs that i personally had no chance of fixing cuz well they were in the engine. I was running a much older version of Construct 2 for building (r216) but with the recent changes I was able to upgrade to r233 which has a plethora of issues resolved. It also means im using a more recent version of Node Webkit which blah blah blah sounds super boring but it should help with keeping things running smoother, and im actually hoping it resolves an issue with garbled text on certain high resolution / high dpi windows machines. (let me know).

Overall, things should be better.. but it does give me some new hope for a feature so many people have been axin' for since day effin one. We'll see... I feel like there's a chance it can come to fruition... a chance.... just a chance...

Almost forgot - this new update also means there is now support for 64bit Windows and MacOS versions. Previously I could only support 64bit on linux but EFF THAT NOISE. Now we can all share in the futuristic bit glory.

Hope you're enjoying the game ;)

Hugs,
N8

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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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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 (364 reviews)
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Caligu1a
12.1 hrs
Posted: August 25
Better than no man's sky. Much cheaper too.
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Mitchfynde
16.9 hrs
Posted: August 23
THE REAL NO MAN'S SKY
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guptanilabhra
1.2 hrs
Posted: August 19
Product received for free
Ever wondered what it would be like to colonize Space... That too alone lost in the universe travelling through space starting with nothing but a gun, a seed, a jetpack and a helmet. Well if you did you should definitely get this game. But beware this game can take hours of your time without you even noticing it.

Cosmochoria is a cute little indie game which has relatively no rigidity of dimensions and thats exactly what makes this game so good in orientation. The story is not rigid as in you dont have to do a certain things to unlock certain levels. In other words you can play any ways you like and still get to the end result. The basic story being (as explained) you start off with a seed, a gun, a helmet and a jetpack. Your task being to save the galaxy one seed one planet at a time. There are interesting plot points every now and than as in they give clues to how the galaxy came to be the way you find it.But no rigidity in storyline.

The gameplay is superb, as in spontaneous, rapid, smooth and graphically nonperiodic. You have to infuse life into the galaxy and make life spawn again in the galaxy one seed at a time. In your path there are alien creatures, spaceships and bosses.They are tasked with stopping you. But dont be afraid. You get bonuses by killing them, like building points for healing towers , etc.One peculiar feature of the game being every time you die you can level up your gear if you have certain gems in your tally. (you collect them by killing aliens)

The game has smooth graphics, good music and neat storyline. All in all there are many positives about this game, which overshadow the negatives. A few being:-

PROS-

1.addictive gameplay
2.Nonrigid storyline
3.replayability
4.easy on the pockets
5.A very active dev

CONS-

1. Could get a bit boring as you play through, for you being the only player in the game
2. no saves during the game

All in all the game is 7/10 for its nonrigid storyline. Definitely a must get for any gamer.
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TeeJax <3
5.6 hrs
Posted: August 11
Cosmochoria is a fantastic little game where you play a lone, naked cosmonaut who is trying to bring back planets in a dying galaxy one seed at a time.

Story
Cosmochoria doesn’t seem to follow a specific linear storyline, instead it is a very do-at-your-own-pace style game. You do unlock snippets of story as you revive more planets but it’s never done in a ‘do this’ or ‘follow this’ kind of layout. The general story behind Cosmochoria is very simple yet very enjoyable. You’re a little astronaut tasked with reviving planets which are dying out across the galaxy. Armed with nothing more than a jetpack, a single seed and a small gun it’s up to you to save the galaxy before it’s too late.

General Gameplay
The gameplay is simple, you start on a planet which will vary in size play from play and you must start by planting seeds which you’ll only have one of at first. You must plant and tend to your seed whilst defending yourself from the various enemies you’ll run into with your aforementioned peashooter. Once your seed reaches full sproutyness it’ll give you more seeds and heal that planet a little. After you’ve planted enough seeds the planet will be fully healed and you’ll be rewarded with a chest which can have many things inside ranging from building blocks to random items or snippets or information and tips. Since there is nothing forcing you to leave the planet you are welcome to stay and keep planting there but you’re better off using your jetpack to fly off and find another planet to save.
Each planet has it’s own center of gravity and once you leave you’ll be floating through space using your (limited) jetpack fuel to guide you around. If you decide to fly right out of the edge of the map you WILL die so don't try it like I did. As you’re travelling through spaces you’ll can come across ‘glitches’ which teleport you elsewhere on the map which can be fantastic or really, really awful so use them which caution.
The enemies you encounter start fairly simple but as you progress and heal more planets you’ll find harder enemies. When you kill anything it’ll drop crystals which you’re able to level up yourself with once you die and the bigger the enemy and harder, the more crystals they drop. Bosses will spawn periodically when you heal a certain amount of planets and they are a lot bigger and stronger. It’s usually wise to have a small base on a planet by then to avoid being obliterated right away since bosses can seek you out from anywhere they are. You’re not alone when it comes to killing enemies and defending yourself though! You’ll earn something called ‘building blocks’ which allow you to build various towers on the planets you land on which can range from turrets to healing towers. Building blocks do not seem to be massively common and have to be bought with crystals if you can't find any and run out so spend them wisely.
Since you cannot level up during a run you’ll find yourself dying a bit at first until you manage to get some crystals and get a bit stronger but once you get the hang of it you’ll be able to survive a fair amount of time each time but at first it can feel a little bit grindy. Since you’re able to choose what you spend your crystals on in which order though you can quickly progress the way you want choosing to prioritize health over speed if you’re dying a lot or focusing on jetpack fuel if you find yourself running a little low.
The further you progress and the more planets you heal will allow you to start further in the game each time so you are not constantly having to beat the same bosses over and over. Planets are randomly generated each playthrough so nothing is quite the same and there is plenty for you to explore ranging from NPCs, random backstory snippets and giant bosses so it never feels boring and has high replayability.

Pros
--- Addictive gameplay
--- A level-your-own-way system.
--- Randomized world each time for extra replayability.
--- Great graphics with accompanying soundtrack.
--- Wide range of weapons, planets and enemies.
--- Very friendly and active dev who is quick to solve any issues.

Cons
--- Can feel a little grindy.
--- Gets a little repetitive after a while.
--- No saving during runs: if you exit you have to start over.

Summary
I got Cosmochoria in a bundle and this game alone is well worth the price of the bundle itself. Hours and hours of relaxing gameplay paired with cute graphics and a brilliant little soundtrack makes Cosmochoria a fantastic purchase and a game well worth checking out. Though a little hard at first the game eases up a lot and becomes a very enjoyable and time-consuming game. Well worth grabbing on sale.
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✪ Bacon_Bricks
59.2 hrs
Posted: August 3
THE BEST GAME EVER I RECOMEND IT
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Frey Cloudseer
1.2 hrs
Posted: August 2
I'm leaving this as a "Would Recommend" because I think it is very well done. I personally didn't enjoy the game very well, but that is through no fault of the game, just my own personal tastes. The only annoyance I have with the game is the interaction with objects (the ones you can pick up) in that I don't know how to just outright get rid of them.
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MeatShake
4.1 hrs
Posted: July 9
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Classy Thatguyinthecorner
34.3 hrs
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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froot loops
10.4 hrs
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
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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
Cosmochoria is a fantastic little game where you play a lone, naked cosmonaut who is trying to bring back planets in a dying galaxy one seed at a time.

Story
Cosmochoria doesn’t seem to follow a specific linear storyline, instead it is a very do-at-your-own-pace style game. You do unlock snippets of story as you revive more planets but it’s never done in a ‘do this’ or ‘follow this’ kind of layout. The general story behind Cosmochoria is very simple yet very enjoyable. You’re a little astronaut tasked with reviving planets which are dying out across the galaxy. Armed with nothing more than a jetpack, a single seed and a small gun it’s up to you to save the galaxy before it’s too late.

General Gameplay
The gameplay is simple, you start on a planet which will vary in size play from play and you must start by planting seeds which you’ll only have one of at first. You must plant and tend to your seed whilst defending yourself from the various enemies you’ll run into with your aforementioned peashooter. Once your seed reaches full sproutyness it’ll give you more seeds and heal that planet a little. After you’ve planted enough seeds the planet will be fully healed and you’ll be rewarded with a chest which can have many things inside ranging from building blocks to random items or snippets or information and tips. Since there is nothing forcing you to leave the planet you are welcome to stay and keep planting there but you’re better off using your jetpack to fly off and find another planet to save.
Each planet has it’s own center of gravity and once you leave you’ll be floating through space using your (limited) jetpack fuel to guide you around. If you decide to fly right out of the edge of the map you WILL die so don't try it like I did. As you’re travelling through spaces you’ll can come across ‘glitches’ which teleport you elsewhere on the map which can be fantastic or really, really awful so use them which caution.
The enemies you encounter start fairly simple but as you progress and heal more planets you’ll find harder enemies. When you kill anything it’ll drop crystals which you’re able to level up yourself with once you die and the bigger the enemy and harder, the more crystals they drop. Bosses will spawn periodically when you heal a certain amount of planets and they are a lot bigger and stronger. It’s usually wise to have a small base on a planet by then to avoid being obliterated right away since bosses can seek you out from anywhere they are. You’re not alone when it comes to killing enemies and defending yourself though! You’ll earn something called ‘building blocks’ which allow you to build various towers on the planets you land on which can range from turrets to healing towers. Building blocks do not seem to be massively common and have to be bought with crystals if you can't find any and run out so spend them wisely.
Since you cannot level up during a run you’ll find yourself dying a bit at first until you manage to get some crystals and get a bit stronger but once you get the hang of it you’ll be able to survive a fair amount of time each time but at first it can feel a little bit grindy. Since you’re able to choose what you spend your crystals on in which order though you can quickly progress the way you want choosing to prioritize health over speed if you’re dying a lot or focusing on jetpack fuel if you find yourself running a little low.
The further you progress and the more planets you heal will allow you to start further in the game each time so you are not constantly having to beat the same bosses over and over. Planets are randomly generated each playthrough so nothing is quite the same and there is plenty for you to explore ranging from NPCs, random backstory snippets and giant bosses so it never feels boring and has high replayability.

Pros
--- Addictive gameplay
--- A level-your-own-way system.
--- Randomized world each time for extra replayability.
--- Great graphics with accompanying soundtrack.
--- Wide range of weapons, planets and enemies.
--- Very friendly and active dev who is quick to solve any issues.

Cons
--- Can feel a little grindy.
--- Gets a little repetitive after a while.
--- No saving during runs: if you exit you have to start over.

Summary
I got Cosmochoria in a bundle and this game alone is well worth the price of the bundle itself. Hours and hours of relaxing gameplay paired with cute graphics and a brilliant little soundtrack makes Cosmochoria a fantastic purchase and a game well worth checking out. Though a little hard at first the game eases up a lot and becomes a very enjoyable and time-consuming game. Well worth grabbing on sale.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
I'm leaving this as a "Would Recommend" because I think it is very well done. I personally didn't enjoy the game very well, but that is through no fault of the game, just my own personal tastes. The only annoyance I have with the game is the interaction with objects (the ones you can pick up) in that I don't know how to just outright get rid of them.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
THE REAL NO MAN'S SKY
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
Better than no man's sky. Much cheaper too.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Product received for free
Ever wondered what it would be like to colonize Space... That too alone lost in the universe travelling through space starting with nothing but a gun, a seed, a jetpack and a helmet. Well if you did you should definitely get this game. But beware this game can take hours of your time without you even noticing it.

Cosmochoria is a cute little indie game which has relatively no rigidity of dimensions and thats exactly what makes this game so good in orientation. The story is not rigid as in you dont have to do a certain things to unlock certain levels. In other words you can play any ways you like and still get to the end result. The basic story being (as explained) you start off with a seed, a gun, a helmet and a jetpack. Your task being to save the galaxy one seed one planet at a time. There are interesting plot points every now and than as in they give clues to how the galaxy came to be the way you find it.But no rigidity in storyline.

The gameplay is superb, as in spontaneous, rapid, smooth and graphically nonperiodic. You have to infuse life into the galaxy and make life spawn again in the galaxy one seed at a time. In your path there are alien creatures, spaceships and bosses.They are tasked with stopping you. But dont be afraid. You get bonuses by killing them, like building points for healing towers , etc.One peculiar feature of the game being every time you die you can level up your gear if you have certain gems in your tally. (you collect them by killing aliens)

The game has smooth graphics, good music and neat storyline. All in all there are many positives about this game, which overshadow the negatives. A few being:-

PROS-

1.addictive gameplay
2.Nonrigid storyline
3.replayability
4.easy on the pockets
5.A very active dev

CONS-

1. Could get a bit boring as you play through, for you being the only player in the game
2. no saves during the game

All in all the game is 7/10 for its nonrigid storyline. Definitely a must get for any gamer.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
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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75 of 89 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
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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
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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
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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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