I will start this review off by saying that I don’t usually play this kind of game, it’s simply not my thing but after playing Chariot I’d more than happily go back and play more – here is why.
Long, long ago before the age of online gaming, gamers would invite all their friends round, share out the third party controllers while keeping the official one for themselves and do some hard hitting couch co-op. It was glorious, real communication between team mates and plenty of hysterical moments you could share together. Since online gaming we have lost that, and that is a shame.
Let me backtrack slightly and explain a bit of the back story to this physics based puzzler. You are a princess who’s father (The King) has passed away, you are on your way to find him a peaceful resting place when suddenly his spirit rises from the coffin (Chariot) and begins to complain about said burial place. He goes on to explain that he wishes to be buried along with all his treasure and wealth, being the good princess you are you follow his wishes. At this point you can start co-op mode, which I did, this in turn spawns in a prince to work by your side and help with the many puzzles you’re going to be faced with while collecting gems and other riches along the way.
I found the music and colours of Chariot pleasant and tuneful, with soft medieval music playing in the background and a bright colourful layout which was heart warming as you controlled the adorable characters – it all fits perfectly with the theme of the game.
As I was playing I did come across certain gems that could only be collected with another player, I remember spending around twenty minutes concucting plans in order to reach this seemingly unreachable gem, but after a very tactical discussion it was collected and I moved on. I loved that there was this challenge and you genuinely had to communicate with your couch buddy. It also caused mass hysterics as the characters would be pulled around and left hanging on to the ropes as the other player attempted to pull the chariot out of trouble.
If you haven’t already picked up this game I really recommend it. Especially if you have someone you can play it with. With a lovely story that contains some rather funny comments from the King’s spirit, you’ll find yourself immersed in this colourful, tuneful world and with the many physic based puzzles which you need to solve in order to collect as many gems as possible – Chariot will certainly keep you busy.
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