Breath of the Wild did a fantastic job of placing a novel spin on open worlds with its climbing and gliding mechanics. Tchia is partially constructed out of those and, sure, you spend a good quantity of timing rising your stamina little by little till you’re capable of climb and glide wherever you need with out difficulty. However Breath of the Wild was so massive that it was straightforward to bounce off of after dozens of hours. It is a far more compact sport and it has a killer hook of a brand new mechanic that actually separates it from its inspiration.
Tchia is a beautiful, enjoyable sport. You discover a colourful pure space whereas grabbing trinkets, so I wasn’t anticipating a lot of a heavy narrative. Tchia is a younger lady who lives together with her father. When the 2 meet up with considered one of his previous pals, the right-hand man of an evil god that eats youngsters abducts her father and it’s as much as her to avoid wasting him. You learn that proper. The unhealthy man is a fascist god that actually eats children. This occurs onscreen in a very disturbing cutscene, even when it’s not almost as horrifying because it appears at first.
The story itself is kind of good, even when it’s principally a very acquainted story. I can’t go into why that’s with out severe spoilers, however you’ll see if you find yourself grabbing the sport. The solid of characters is decently realized and the dialogue retains issues transferring. However the presentation is the true winner right here. Regardless of being developed by a small staff, Tchia is well the best-looking 3D open-world indie sport I’ve ever seen. The sport is usually downright attractive and the lengthy draw distance solely helps with presenting its magnificence.
I’m like a chicken
Tchia‘s main story is extremely short. You’ve bought an intro, you then exit and get your first quest, which is to journey from the Southern island to the Northern one and seize some objects. Then there are some story sequences on a smaller island adopted by an espionage mission the place you go and take photographs of factories earlier than you sabotage them after which sabotage a bigger manufacturing unit. Then there’s a remaining quest and the story is over. In case you simply needed to beat the sport, you might simply do it in just a few hours. Nevertheless, that is completely not the kind of sport you’ll play simply to beat.
Customary open-world guidelines are at play right here. There are spots across the map that you simply’ll work together with to make icons present up. These embody collectibles which are used to buy cosmetics, beauty chests, enemy camps, actions, and upgrades to your numerous meters. Tchia could be very a lot about exploring and taking within the sights, however the sport’s soul capacity makes for a reasonably compelling hook. Tchia can possess any non-human animal she comes throughout, in addition to many objects. Objects will be aimed and hurled at enemies as Tchia herself comes leaping out of them earlier than they get slung ahead.
Enemy encounters are uncommon, however the foes are all material. You’ll must throw explosive objects at them, or you’ll be able to possess a log in a fireplace and roll into them. Animals you’ll be able to possess embody birds, canines, bugs, crabs, deer, and numerous marine animals. It’s a pleasure to own animals and get across the map extra simply. At first, Tchia can solely possess issues for a brief period of time, however this will increase tremendously as you full challenges. It truly is one thing to see how the sport opens as much as you as you go. Challenges require you to carve totems to start them and the challenges themselves are various and fascinating. Apart from the one the place you play tic-tac-toe.
Ukulele of every part
Taking one other web page from a separate Zelda playbook, Tchia has a ukulele she carries round. You possibly can deliver it out at almost any time to play a full suite of chords. If you understand something about music, you’ll be able to play any variety of precise songs with it, which is fairly unbelievable, plus there are segments the place Tchia performs her ukulele alongside different characters as a part of a well-done minigame. However that’s not all of the ukulele is for. There are particular little songs you’ll be able to play that have an affect on the world round you, similar to in Ocarina of Time or Wind Waker. You’ll be taught extra of those by balancing rocks atop each other as a part of one other minigame.
These songs do a wide range of issues, akin to change the time of day, spawn an explosive merchandise or bounce pad, and so they may even be used to summon animals to own. Whereas Tchia initially must stroll everybody on foot or get there by gliding while you don’t come throughout an animal to own, you’ll probably spend many of the sport summoning birds with the ukulele after which flying round. It truthfully seems and feels great and it’s some of the pleasing components of the sport.
You possibly can solely naturally refill a certain quantity of your spirit gauge (normally as much as half) as soon as it depletes, however you’ll be able to utterly refill it by consuming meals at stands or by consuming at campfires, that are all around the map. I discussed the cosmetics earlier and there are a completely huge variety of these to select from, starting from garments, hairstyles, and even ukulele skins. The sport isn’t meant to final an enormous period of time, however I put in a couple of dozen hours earlier than I noticed the credit. I grabbed as many stamina and soul meter upgrades as I may discover, however there have been nonetheless quite a lot of trinkets and challenges wherein to partake.
Give me a purpose to like you
My essential gripe with the sport is that it simply isn’t all that substantive, pleasing as it could be. There are such a lot of cosmetics that it may be exhausting to care about grabbing woven trinkets or diving for pearls to purchase extra. The reward for doing the quite a few actions (akin to taking pictures ranges or racing challenges) can be fairly pointless. You will get a trophy starting from bronze to gold, however you’ll be able to farm them from any problem and so they’re solely used to try to win extra cosmetics from a crane sport. You even have so as to add every of them to your stock individually, so you’ll be able to’t stockpile them like trinkets and pearls, which is unlucky.
I tremendously loved my time with Tchia, despite the fact that the story could be very quick and it finally ends up falling into quite a lot of typical open world traps. But it surely’s nonetheless a beautiful sport with a lot to gawk at in the event you’re into working around the globe as animals or accumulating issues. I want there was extra of an incentive to buckle down and full the optionally available stuff, however the sport can simply final a dozen hours or extra regardless. Let’s be actual, although – flying round as a chicken is nicely well worth the value of entry alone.