Chronicles of Teddy: Harmony of Exidus is a 2D platformer with RPG elements. Will you be able to survive the hordes of monsters and insane bosses to solve the puzzles needed to restore peace to Exidus? Come read our Chronicles of Teddy: Harmony of Exidus Review to learn more about this cool game!
You are dropped into a mysterious land with no idea what to do. You get no instructions on how to play the game, so you must figure it all out for yourself. I found this a little odd, but in the end, it is part of the game’s charm. You play as a little girl who is accompanied by her trusty teddy, and you set out on a journey in this beautiful pixeltastic game.
You eventually find a green book in a library which serves as the hub for the game, and you will jump inside the book into fantastic worlds that demand to be explored. During this adventure, you will learn how to traverse the game world all on your own and how to battle monsters and use your weapons. The game offers absolutely no instructions whatsoever. Once you hit play, you are on your own!
The in-game environments are highly detailed with lots of variety of locations from beautiful lush areas full of pastel greens and bright shining sun to dark fantasy-style graveyards, as well as some dungeons to explore. The game has plenty of content that will keep you busy for over 20 hours, so it’s definitely much bigger than what it appears to be.
The music is quite an important aspect of the game, as there’s plentyof lore to discover, and when you speak to the NPCs they speak in a musical language, which means you must find the proper runes so that you can communicate with them. Step one in this is finding the Musicom, an instrument that allows you to communicate with the inhabitants of Exidus. It is important to speak to everybody since you have five full pages of words to learn.
While traversing the game world you can run, jump, attack and perform certain moves that will help you get past tough platforming sections, so that you can, for example, reach a higher ledge that you can’t get to with a standard jump. There are some puzzles that require you finding runes to solve them, and in some sections of the game, you will need to complete quests for the village leaders to get a password to open the big red doors.
The currency for the game is rather unusual, as it is in the form of marbles. You can use them as boosts to refill your health meter, or to purchase permanent upgrades for health, attack and defense, to name a few. If you die during the game, you will lose half of your currency, and you never get it back, so be careful! Since the game is absolutely full of treasure chests, you will always find more marbles to add to your total! And speaking of chests, there are two types: the red ones are full of marbles and the gold ones contain runes.
Some enemies can’t just be killed with a simple slash of a sword, and this is certainly true of the bosses! In boss battles, you have to find the weak spots that pop up for a limited time, and you must make a run for it and try to deal as much damage as possible withing that window of opportunity as you chip away at their health. Learning their movement and attack patterns is a must, so do pay attention!
The game is amazing and an absolute joy to play. Once you find your first village you will be able to enjoy it a lot more once you know what you have to do. It can be a little confusing at first, but after a bit of exploring and once you find the book you are all set for hours and hours of fun.
Sure, four locations may sound like it’s a short game, but it’s anything but. Like a good Metroidvania, several areas are out of reach until you manage to secure extra abilities, and each of the areas is massive as well. I had a blast working on this Chronicles of Teddy: Harmony of Exidus review on PS4, and I’d love to see a sequel from the studio!
|Epic boss battles.|
Beautiful locations to explore.
|Absolutely no hand holding|
This review is based on a PS4 copy of Chronicles of Teddy: Harmony of Exidus provided by Aksys Games.
Written by: Tracey
- Contributing Editor