In a world full of colorful bipedal animals, you’re Teacup: an introverted frog who loves keeping to herself, reading books, and relaxing with a warm cup of plant water. However, she steps out of her comfort zone and invites her friends over for a tea party before realizing she’s completely out of ingredients.
Teacup is a very short and sweet adventure game that can be wrapped up in about 90 minutes. Throughout the adventure you’ll explore a variety of areas (lakes, plazas, magical tents and the like) and speak with the townsfolk, who are more than happy to reward you with said ingredients so long as you do something for them in return. Sometimes it’s as easy as speaking to someone else to relay a message or dropping off a manga order at the post office, but I’d confidently say most of them task you with completing some sort of mini-game.
For example, an NPC at the local market needs you to organize her produce stall using Tetris-style shapes, while a duo of magicians present a hidden object puzzle. There’s elementary versions of things you’ve no doubt experienced before, like shooting, matching, slide puzzles, delivering cafe orders, etc., and none of them are tasking. Teacup isn’t about challenging the player. It’s a relaxing game that you can knock out in one sitting.
The visuals are wonderfully executed pixel art landscapes and character models, but a few days removed I’m struggling to recall Teacup’s soundtrack whatsoever. Not that it was bad, just not very memorable.
Writing filler isn’t my style and for a 90-minute game I’m struggling to find more to write about, so I think I’ll just leave it at that. It’s short, it’s sweet, and it’s wonderful. Teacup herself is adorable and as a fellow introvert I rooted for her all the way. I played through it with a cat in my lap and a hot mug of rooibos nearby and that’s about as perfect as it gets.
If you’re like me and you love unlocking achievements on your Xbox then you may be happy to know this is an easy completion without missables.
In short, it’s cute and relaxing and if you need something like that in your life, then here you go.
A digital Xbox copy of Teacup was provided by the game’s publisher for the purpose of this review. The game is also available on PlayStation platforms, the Nintendo Switch, and W10 PC for $9.99. It was played in its entirety on the Xbox Series X console.