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Chuchel

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CHUCHEL is a comedy adventure game from the creators of Machinarium, Botanicula and Samorost. Join the hairy hero Chuchel and his rival Kekel as they will be facing numerous puzzles and challenges in their quest to retrieve the precious cherry! The reward? Cheerful situational humor, wild music and sounds by the band DVA and dozens of hilarious gags that warm up even the coldest of souls. Plus cherries! Be ready to: Crack up. Many times Guide Chuchel through a set of original puzzles Enjoy hundreds of whimsical animations Beat stages inspired by classic video games Interact with dozens of funky characters Please your ears with soundtrack by the IGF Award-winning band DVA Build an inexplicable passion for cherries Laugh. A lot.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

Poor man, he just wants to eat a cherry.

Review from Steam

Summary
CHUCHEL is an adventure game with a wacky art style and interactive environments with puzzles, as you follow the fluffball protagonist, Chuchel, and his frenemy, Kekel, on the journey to reclaim their cherished cherry.
😇Wins
💀Sins
- Quirky, cute character designs and animations.
- Kid-friendly jokes.
- Unexpected humor.
- Easy achievement hunting.
- Unskippable cutscenes.
- Unengaging puzzles.
- No replay value.
Gameplay
As soon as the game begins, you are introduced to Chuchel and need to wake him up by interacting with the surrounding objects and creatures. Since there isn’t a cutscene yet, it’s easy to assume that you need to pay attention to details or look for clues to pass the level, which is engaging at first. However, the further you progress, the more you realize how annoying the unavoidable cutscenes are, only for the sake of storytelling, not providing any suggestion for the puzzles. There’s already a question mark hint at the top left corner of the screen to help you at any time if you get stuck, so you can go away, come back later and still finish the level without any trouble if you don't watch the cutscenes. This completely annihilates the engaging element when it comes to solving the puzzles, reducing them to clicking things to see what happens until you do it in the right order (based on the hint) and progress to the next level. At least, most scenes are shorter than 30 seconds, so they aren’t too dragging, and there are some amusing interaction in those instances to make it up.
Unexpectedly, there are some minigames inspired by Pac-Man, Tetris, Flappy Bird, and Shoot'em-ups that are far more entertaining than the main level.
Is this game worth it?
Yes, if you know what to expect... or expect nothing at all. Sincerely, I think this is the kind of game that neither puts a rich story forward nor offers in-depth puzzles. You'll find joy in just watching things take place on the screen like an interactive movie rather than solving puzzles. The animations and character designs are wacky, not meant to be taken seriously. There are instances where I laughed by looking at the characters and how they interact with each other out of the blue. This game is a gift I received after having such an awful day. I didn't play it right away, but I wish I did, as it would've lifted my mood, greatly.
Performance
👾Bugs
🖥️Specs
- No bugs or any issues were encountered.
- i5-10400F
- GTX 1650S 4GB
- 16GB RAM DDR4
- HDD
- 1080p
- Win 11
Final rating: 7/10
CHUCHEL will definitely bring you some form of entertainment if you play it blindly. It's a relaxing one-time experience, especially after a day of hard work since it can be finished in one sitting. This is one of the few games I would save for my children in the future as an introduction to puzzle games in general thanks to its colorful art style and kid-friendly humor.
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Dear AviaRa gifted me this game on one of my worst days of 2021, thank you!

Review from Steam

second by second in this game is very fun

Review from Steam

Chuchel is my son.

Review from Steam

Amazingly fun game. I played it with my 7 year old daughter (which cannot speak english) and we both laughed and loved the game. There is no talking in the game and there is no violence (not more than any cartoon she watches) which makes this a perfect game to play with your kid.

Review from Steam

Chuchel is an extremely short and sweet experience. It follows a fuzzy little orange puffball trying to solve a variety of puzzles in this generally unfriendly world to get a cherry. There isn't really much world building done in terms of background, but there are a lot of different monsters/characters and music that compliment this game's slapstick comedy. My only gripe with the game is that a large chunk of it is cutscenes taking control away from you. Other than that this short little gem is an easy recommendation if you have a little time to kill on the weekend.

Review from Steam

I picked this up in the sale for a couple of pounds. I wasn't sure what to expect at all, I think I thought it was a side scroller or something. Its been a extremely refreshing and relaxing game, playing it has coincided with a week a heavy week in work and each night I've found myself sat at my desk giggling away at the wonderful language of Chuchel, clicking away at the puzzles. The drawings are intricate, colourful and 100% unique, but it is the sound effects that make this goofy game lovable. I wish we had little dudes sat on our desks like this everyday, causing mischief, chasing cherrys!
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