Czech game industry is internationally known for the sought-after game Machinarium, a touching romance between two robots, and Samorost series developed by Amanita Design Company. Their works are special, unique and possessing one of a kind sense of humor and graphics. Chuchel is a new brainchild of this studio and it is also so far removed from the other games; however it is highly funny and positive.
Meet your hero
The main character’s name is Chuchel. The game title is quite silver-tounged for Slavic languages, as its meaning is more or less clear, connected with something sloppy and dusty. Chuchel is a tiny black hairy creature that represents a living dust bunny. He is sullen, quarrelsome, and even belligerent, if he is hungry. His distinctive features are: a yellow hat that is similar to an acorn’s one, and addiction to cherries – his favorite, if not single, delicacy. As a matter of fact, the cherry is a reason of the fuss.
Roughly speaking, the cherry was stolen by a gigantic monster, when our hero was going to feast. If it did not happen, Chuchel would have rest and lived in idle dalliance. Despite his natural laziness, our brave protagonist hits the road, not thinking twice, to get a desired yummy goal and overcome multiple difficulties on his way by means of wit and acumen. Furthermore, he has got an unexpected companion and rival at the same time. It is even more minuscule creature that resembles a mouse, craving to steal a sought-for cherry too, from under Chuchel’s very nose.
Animation and setting
The story unfolds right on a white screen background, where you will be astonished by formal and multicolored madness. You cannot imagine what quaint and amusing creatures Chuchel will meet on his way. Animated creatures and monsters look just funny, specifically Chuchel himself with all his endless grimaces, gestures, and metamorphoses. As for the game interface, it is rather minimalistic – most of the actions can be performed by pressing a left button of a mouse pointing device, though sometimes you will need to use an arrow cursor. Pay attention to a gear on the right corner – it lets you to use the setting menu or see achievements, or helps to restart a level. One more amusing feature of the game is texts absence. The game creatures speak to each other with the help of pictograms or a specific babble.
Gather cherries and collect points
There are 30 levels of Chucel’s adventures within the game. You will face with sinister and less scary personages, which sometimes do not mind eating Chuchel himself. The game play, as well as tasks difficulty, is quite diverse: in some cases aims can be obtained easily, other levels are rather hard to go through. A number of levels are dedicated to arcade tasks such as: Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Nintendo Egg, and Tetris. Other levels are conundrums, requiring the activation of necessary tools in the right order.
The searching of the desired cherry will not take much time – about 2 hours. Though it is pretty enough to play, as the game is positioned as a humorous indie-miniature, bringing the player the atmosphere of abandoned hilarity and mere pleasure form tribulations of the main character.
The game is hardly oriented on children, although it might be liked by the youngest players too. It is better not to play it one go, as this constant pursuit of the cherry seems, probably, to be boring and monotonous, despite a wide range of exotic characters and diverse levels tasks. The developers promised to launch a mobile application too, where such a mini-puzzle with easy interface would be just the thing. It seems to be that Amanita Design, giving vent to feeling with this light interlude, is working hard at some secretive unannounced project now.