Cornucopia: Review

Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat: I never thought I’d say a farming game would steal so much of my time, but here we are, and Cornucopia is to blame. Three days ago, on a rather ordinary evening, I started up the game. Fast forward to today, and I’ve clocked in almost 14 whole hours! That’s half a day’s worth of life spent planting seeds, talking to townsfolk, and yes, even fishing – and I’m not mad about it.

The First Step Into a Larger World

When I first started up the game, I’ll admit, I wasn’t blown away. It looked like any other farm game and seemed a bit cluttered. Plus, I couldn’t save my progress just anywhere, which felt like a chain around my neck. But stick with me, because every concern I had got turned upside down once I really got into it. I began to get it; the charmed life of Cornucopia grew on me like ivy on an old brick wall – naturally and beautifully.

Why Cornucopia’s Different – And Addictive

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The biggest win in my book? Freedom. There’s no tired routine of sleep and feed repeat. Your animals don’t fuss about their meals – if the sun’s up or the stars are out, it’s go-time. And speaking of animals, they’re not just for show. They got your back in a scuffle, help with chores, and bear you across the land without a huff.

The real showstopper, though? The words. The people you meet don’t spit out the same old lines. They’re funny without even trying, and I found myself upset whenever I hit a “This is all I have to say” roadblock in our chats. It’s a rare feat to make someone who’s more about action than chatting in games to hang onto every word, but Cornucopia does that.

Now, brace yourself for the unique bits that keep you coming back:

  • The Card System: Like finding a dollar in an old coat, getting bonuses or materials from these cards feels like striking gold.
  • Mini-Games: My goodness, the range! From the arcade to town fairs, these are the spices in the Cornucopia stew.
  • Fishing: Any other game and I’d pass. Here? It’s a Plinko puzzle, and I’ve taken the bait – hook, line, and sinker.
  • Animals: More than just fuzzy faces – a green cow or a blue chicken can be yours, thanks to the fun gene mixing.
  • The Farming: Soil matters here, but not so much that newbie green-thumbs can’t play. It’s beauty in complexity and simplicity meshed into one.

The Community’s Touch

I jumped into the Cornucopia Discord on a whim, not expecting much. Was I in for a surprise! People are chatty, helpful and just as hooked on the game as I am. They’re making a wiki, answering questions, and sharing pro-tips like there’s no tomorrow.

Standing Tall: It’s No Stardew Clone

Look, I’ve poured over a thousand hours into Stardew Valley – it’s been my go-to cozy farm sim. Since Cornucopia came along? Nearly 430 hours have flown by. Why? Because it’s not just another clone, it’s got its own soul.

The Wow Factor: It’s In The Details

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Here’s a quick rundown of the gems I found in Cornucopia’s crown:

  • Unexpected Surprises Everywhere: Whether it’s your livestock’s favorite snack or the birthday of a villager, no two games will ever peel away the same.
  • The Smorgasbord of Food and Craft: From fields to food to factories, there’s a plentiful harvest to keep you busy. It’s like a buffet that never ends.
  • Fishing with a Twist: Who knew dropping a bobber through a maze could be so dang satisfying?
  • The Chuckle-Worthy Words: I read the descriptions and dialogue like there were hidden messages just waiting for a laugh. And often, there were.

The Few Thorns Among The Roses

Now, it ain’t all sunshine. The auctions where you buy animals? A time muncher waiting for the next critter to drop. The community rocks at suggesting tweaks though, and the devs seem to listen.

The Verdict: Can’t Help Falling in Cornucopia’s Love

Alright, folks, we’re hitting the home stretch. Cornucopia has been a trip – the good kind. It’s got rough edges, sure. The dungeons could use some love and controller support might have you gnashing your teeth. But, it’s a game in the making. And oh, is it blooming beautifully with each update the devoted devs plant.

So, here’s the bottom line: if you’ve got even a spark of interest in farming games, Cornucopia is like finding an unexpected best friend. Quirky, unique, and worth every second. It’s playable now, and it’s just going to sparkle more with time.

Should You Play It?

Yes. Whether you’re a green-thumb guru or just peering over the fence at us farm-game enthusiasts, Cornucopia is one gem you don’t want to scroll past. With a demo to dip your toes in and a community that’s as warm as a fresh-baked pie, you’re not just buying a game – you’re settling into a new home.

About the author

Tom Henry

I worked as a PM in video games, now I'm trying some new things.