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Also lots of quality-of-life updates!
Cozy Grove brought Animal Crossing-like wholesomeness to the Nintendo Switch earlier this year, but we were slightly underwhelmed — the game was missing a lot of vitality and the kind of content that keeps you coming back, day after day. It looks like that’s set to change with developer Spry Fox’s new Autumn Update, which adds a ton of quality-of-life improvements that may just entice us back to the game.
The biggest one, for us at least, is that you can actually go inside your house now. “We know you’ve all wanted to go inside your tent for a long time,” reads Spry Fox’s blog, “but some serious technical hurdles kept stopping us from supporting that feature… until now!” You’ll now be able to decorate the interior, which means you can use all those decor items that you haven’t had a place for, as well as “many new decorations” made specifically for the tent.
Much like Animal Crossing, you’ll also have more rooms the more times you upgrade your tent, although the tent exterior won’t reflect the interior size.
And what does a cosy house with new furniture need? A PET TO MESS IT ALL UP. You’ll have the chance to adopt cats, and by “adopt” we mean “lure into your house and give it treats until it likes you”, but that’s basically what cat ownership is, anyway.
A new spirit animal is also heading to the Grove: Spirit Bunnies, which now exist alongside Spirit Birds and Deer. You’ll be able to create your own if you spend time with Lee Berry.
If you’ve been finding the foraging and harvesting mechanic a little tedious, you’ll be pleased to know that that’s been changed up a little. The new accordion instrument will instantly harvest all items in a certain radius, making it a lot faster to grab all your fruits and flowers!
Photo Mode! You’ll need to get yourself a camera, of course, but then you can just snap away to your heart’s content. It doesn’t look like the kind of Photo Mode where you can move the viewpoint around — more of an diegetic camera function.
There’s no concrete information on what the Halloween stuff will be in Cozy Grove… just that it’s coming.
The last major update for Cozy Grove was the Summer Update, which added bug catching, hugging, treasure maps, and a bunch of new items and NPCs.
The Autumn Update is free for anyone who owns the game.
Have you fallen off Cozy Grove, or have you been playing it every day like you’re supposed to? Let us know in the comments!
About Kate Gray
Formerly of Official Nintendo Magazine, GameSpot, and Xbox UK, you can now find Kate’s writing all over the internet. She moved to Canada a few years ago, but gets tea imported from England, because she has good priorities.
This is making me interested in the game, admittedly. I’ve heard the mobile version is also good? I’m not sure which to try.
@CharlieGirl I think the mobile version is probably closer to the true experience — it’s very much an idle "5 minutes a day" kind of game. Play it while you’re cooking or waiting for the bus. These QOL improvements almost make me want to jump back in, too!
The pet cat description was right on the money.
You’ll have the chance to adopt cats, and by "adopt" we mean "lure into your house and give it treats until it likes you", but that’s basically what cat ownership is, anyway.
@KateGray I will keep this in mind, thank you!
@KateGray Is this a good game for someone trying to recapture an Animal Crossing addiction after growing bored of Horizons?
@SpaceboyScreams potentially! In my experience, it’s not going to be a good game if you want to hyperfocus for hours on end, getting everything perfect — it encourages you to play in small chunks every day. If that works for you, it could be good!
I will say that it felt sometimes like a very cosy groundhog day… most of the progress you make with characters disappears overnight! But it’s lovely to look at, and there’s plenty to do. The game just tends to kick you out after 30-60 minutes a day!
@SpaceboyScreams Not at all. It’s a shallow mobile game and there’s very little difference between interact-able elements/items and scenery.
I keep meaning to start this, but the Animal Crossing-esque limiting progression puts me off – I want to do things at my pace, not the pace the game dictates. I hate running out of things to do.
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