Cozy Grove Reviews

Cozy Grove is ranked in the 60th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
INVEN
Top Critic
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 15, 2021

'Cozy Grove' is a cute and relaxing game. It only takes 30 minutes a day to paint warm colors on a white ghost island welcomed by ghost bears and imps. The game time flow is the same as real-time. In the daytime, the warm sunlight shines brightly, and at night, shining stars and lanterns light up the island that turned indigo. It’s time to heal ourselves without any contact on a calm and peaceful island where nothing is forced.

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7 / 10.0
Apr 12, 2021

Cozy Grove is a beautiful and relaxing game, but might be a little too repetitive for some people.

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7 / 10
Apr 15, 2021

On top of that, the island is so cluttered with trees, rocks, and other objects that it can be difficult to see things on the ground. The game employs a clever visual technique where objects become transparent, allowing for a better view, but this only happens when you get close to said objects. As such, you'll find yourself stop-starting around the entire island when you're looking for specific bits and pieces. It's not a huge issue, but it does make the game feel finicky to play.

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7 / 10.0
Apr 6, 2021

Ghosts exist. They have unfinished business and need help. Fortunately for you, you’re a Spirit Scout. You’re trained to aid them and sent on assignments to get them to move on. Your latest assignment is the island of Cozy Grove. It’s dead there. Literally.

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7 / 10.0
Apr 16, 2021

Cozy Grove definitely lives up to its namesake as a cozy gaming experience, one designed for short bursts of play, where playing a little each day allows you to get more out of it than longer play sessions. The basic gameplay loop is limited, but the charm of the game world and the basic premise provides a relaxing sense of achievement. While it doesn’t replace Animal Crossing as your next time-sink, it does enough to provide a lighter and less demanding alternative.

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Jun 7, 2021

With a beautiful painterly art style and a sumptuous soundtrack to boot, the developers behind Cozy Grove have sought to develop just that, a digital, cozy grove. A haven from the trials and tribulations of life where you can sit back and unwind. It’s games like these that will mean many a player will forever champion the indie scene. Even when some don’t always hit all the right notes.

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3.5 / 5.0
Apr 17, 2021

Cozy Grove invites players to be productive, but at a slower, almost foreign, pace. There’s no rush — all goals are achievable if you spend an hour or two each day on the island. This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you pour one while you slowly wake up to calming music and simple fetch quests, it’ll set a relaxed mood for the rest of the day. If you enjoyed Animal Crossing or Spiritfarer, you may like this cute, chill mash-up best played in spurts. If nothing else, at least check out the soundtrack — I guarantee it’ll soothe the soul.

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69 / 100
Apr 23, 2021

Cozy Grove accomplishes what it sets out to do. That is, to provide a charming respite from the troubles of the world. The addicting loop of the island will keep me coming back, even if I don't necessarily love all aspects of the title.

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3 / 5.0
Apr 14, 2021

If you’re looking for a very simple, very low-key game you can dabble in for a few minutes each day, then sure, Cozy Grove might be up your alley. Just don’t expect much depth or nuance in the way of gameplay here.

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6 / 10.0
Apr 15, 2021

Cozy Grove provides a new take on the camping experience. This game has spirit, literally, but there's a bit of turbulence in execution. Does the stellar story save an otherwise mixed bag of a game? It may work for some, so it's worth a cursory view for consideration.

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GameSpew
Top Critic
6 / 10.0
Apr 8, 2021

For all its imperfections, Cozy Grove is enjoyable enough, even if it does start to get monotonous after a little while. Its limited daily playtime is suited better to a mobile device, but even on console there’s something nice about having somewhere to visit for a short while each day. There does need to be more to keep players occupied outside of a handful of quests, though. And performance is an issue that really needs to be addressed. Don’t expect a replacement for Animal Crossing, but Cozy Grove will raise a smile or two.

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6 / 10.0
Apr 21, 2021

Cozy Grove manages to deliver an experience that captures you with the simplest elements. It may even be that some foods have no apparent function or that the missions get boring, but the game brings together the basic elements of simulation that give the cozy aspect that it wants to provide. Unfortunately, the mobile focus of the game and the lack of zeal in several aspects weigh heavily on the scale for the experience to be worthwhile on the Switch, so maybe you will have more fun on a smartphone.

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5.2 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2021

In the end, Cozy Grove indeed has some good qualities, but its negative points are fundamental and destroy the joy of experiencing the game. Many problems in the depth of the gameplay, which has taken a repetitive and clichéd process, have become quite an obstacle to the relatively enjoyable game. So if you are looking for a good standalone game, Czory Grove is not it.

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5 / 10
Apr 9, 2021

Cozy Grove measures out its game sessions in snack-size portions, and its gorgeous artwork and genuinely laugh-worthy dialogue almost make up for its metered-out gameplay. Sadly, with a few technical issues on Switch, and the game's refusal to let players set the pace, it's one best played on a mobile device for now.

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Recommended
May 26, 2021

After landing on the island of Cozy Grove, it is your job as a Spirit Scout to help its inhabitants with their many fetch quests.

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Unscored
Apr 6, 2021

Anyone that's played New Horizons will be familiar with the sorts of errands necessary to complete the spirits' tasks. Much of the time, the spirits have lost things that the player needs to find around the island. There's a lot of fishing, harvesting resources, and collecting items. These tasks can be finished within a half an hour or so most of the time, especially if I just have to do something like find a recipe book that's been stashed in a pile of leaves, but sometimes a task can require me to log in across multiple days. Say, for instance, I need to bring salt to the spirit baker on the island. That can only be purchased through Cozy Grove's shopkeeper, and I'll have to wait if it's not there on the day I need it.

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