[Nintendo Switch] Teacup Review
Teacup from Smarto Club and Whitethorn Digital is a short adventure game with a gorgeous hand-drawn watercolor presentation. Learn more in our Teacup review!
Teacup from Smarto Club and Whitethorn Digital is a short adventure game with a gorgeous hand-drawn watercolor presentation. You will play as the titular Teacup. She’s a shy and introverted frog who loves two things: reading and drinking tea. You can’t have a tea party without tea, so she decides to throw a tea party at her home, but she quickly runs into a predicament a day before said party is to take place – and after everyone has confirmed they’ll attend. The issue? Teacup has just run out of tea! It’s because of this that she sets out on a quest into the forest to collect all of the herbs she needs for her tea party. Can you help her explore the forest, collect all the herbs and the ingredients needed for the tea party and solve some puzzles along the way?
The controls are simple and to the point since you’ll control the titular character with the left analog stick or the D-Pad. If you want to sprint, just press and hold down the R button to double your speed. To interact with objects or characters, just press the A button… and that’s it! Once you exit your house and walk a couple of screens to the right, Teacup will open her map, which, at first, will allow you to travel either to the pond or to the market so that you can get started with your adventure.
You also have a very important encyclopedia, which you can check with the Y button. Once you pick it up from your kitchen table, you’ll notice that it offers a lot of information on the tea party essentials, such as how black tea is obtained, what white tea is all about, and how honey, ginger, lemon verbena, rooibos, mint, and other elements can be put to great use when working on the perfect tea party. On top of all that, the encyclopedia even includes a recipe for cookies which, as we all know, are the perfect treat to have during tea time!
Since this is a short adventure game, I don’t want to end up spoiling the whole thing for you in this Teacup review, but I will mention one of the early puzzles you’ll have to solve to give you an idea of the laidback, soothing, and relaxing experience you’ll take on after booting up the game. When you visit the market, you’ll run into a colorful cast of characters that include bears, foxes, rabbits, and more. One of them, in particular, is Wren, a badger with a fruits and vegetables stall. She takes a look at your encyclopedia and mentions that the only herb she knows of is mint and that she can tell you where to find it… if you can first help her out!
It’s a particularly hot day, and Wren is completely parched! She wants to take a short break and drink some water, but she hasn’t had time to completely set up her stand. If Teacup could help her complete this, then she’d be able to drink some water and then tell you where you can find the mint you so desperately need! For this puzzle, you’ll be arranging some tetromino onto the right side of the screen, with each piece featuring some of the fruits and vegetables that Wren has for sale. Drag each piece inside the stall, and rotate them as needed. Fit all of them, and you’re set!
Teacup is a short adventure game with a gorgeous hand-drawn watercolor presentation that offers a very chill and relaxing experience. You should be able to complete it in a couple of hours as you take on the different puzzles and mini-games that the game has to offer. Other than Teacup’s movement speed being a bit slow – even when sprinting – there’s not much to complain about this one.
Teacup is out on Nintendo Switch with a $9.99 asking price.
This Teacup review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Whitethorn Digital.