Chronicles of Teddy: Harmony of Exidus
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Chronicles of Teddy: Harmony of Exidus has plenty of charm, but with that charm comes equal measures of frustration and irritation.
Never before has metroidvania delved so deep into music and language to create a mellifluous exploration game like Chronicles of Teddy: Harmony of Exidus. Even though I hope I learn some kind of new battle ability that will spice up the battles, the fire is present in a vast array of puzzles and platforming. The game also has a sense of humor. One of my favorite moments was figuring out what to say to a forest guardian that wouldn't let me pass. I tried many different combinations, all of which ended up enraging him to the point of killing me (video way above). When I found out that I simply had to say "please" when asking to pass, I couldn't help but shake my head and laugh.
One cannot simply pass them up as backgrounds because most of them carry hints as to how to unlock doors that will help you progress to the next level. The music and effects are simple yet very effective. Considering that there is a heavy musical component to this game because of the Musicom, the sound effects and musical scoring are non-obtrusive. The variations in every stage sets a mood and ambiance that immerses you in the game in a very charming and magical way.
Chronicles of Teddy: Harmony of Exidus is a tough game to widely recommend.
Overall, Chronicles of Teddy is a pretty cool game. The reward of discovery is well worth the trip, and with some tweaks here and there, Chronicles of Teddy could have been one of the best releases of 2016. As it stands, it is still a gorgeous title worthy of your time.
Aesthetically, Chronicles of Teddy: Harmony of Exidus is a beautifully crafted undertaking. While the sprawling maps are gorgeous, the level design falls a bit short from a purely gameplay standpoint, and the combat, while well executed, doesn't really add much to the core exploration. It's missing a few seams, but overall it's a very well put together adventure. Even with its flaws, it's definitely one fantastical adventure, and one that's absolutely worth playing.
Yet, these are minor complaints about a game that really is a sublime throwback to 2D adventure games of yesteryear, and they aren't big enough problems to spoil this charming game.
[Chronicles of Teddy] is a superb choice if you're looking to immerse yourself in something fantastical
Truthfully, anyone who has read this review will probably have a better time than I with Chronicles of Teddy: Harmony of Exidus just by the pure virtue of having an explanation of the Musicom system.
Chronicles of Teddy: Harmony of Exidus is a somewhat satisfying puzzle platforming adventure game. Its puzzles are sometimes smart and the use of music to figure those puzzles out is interesting. The gorgeous retro-inspired pixel art gives the game life, and hints at a wonderful fantasy world that's light on story but big on adventuring. What it's not is a great action game. It falls short of being more highly rated due to a combat system that interrupts the flow of gameplay, and lots of backtracking from dungeon to dungeon can make the game feel slow and tedious in spots. There are also issues with glitches to be mindful of which can truly hinder the enjoyment of the game.Overall this is still worth consideration despite its flaws, even if they deprive this one of its full potential.