Meet Teacup, a shy young frog who loves to drink tea and read books. She’s planning on throwing a tea party for all her animal friends, but she’s run out of ingredients. As the player, you can help her find the herbs and flowers that she needs for the event.
This short adventure game is filled with mini-puzzles and wholesome conversations unfolding in a brilliantly-illustrated woodland world. Teacup travels all across the forest, visiting the quaint homes of her friends and neighbors and helping them out in small ways.
Focusing on exploration and discovery, this game encourages you to slow down and simply enjoy the small details. Without any hints or guidance, you need to carefully find clues by paying attention to the characters when they talk and helping them on their errands. Even with a map, there is a fair amount of walking from one location to another, and you can’t speed up Teacup’s walking speed. While that might frustrate some players, I personally feel that it’s a nice mechanism that urges players to enjoy the evocative art and appreciate each moment instead of rushing to complete items on a to-do list.
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In fact, the story and art style might recall children’s books such as The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame or the novels of Beatrix Potter. Teacup, with its breathtaking simplicity and animal characters, might actually be more suited for children. But adults, too, are sure to find this game refreshing and relaxing. Plus, Teacup’s encyclopedia that explains all about the different types of tea and acquires more colorful details as you find each ingredient is chock full of vibrant recipe ideas that you can later try out.
If you need a break from day-to-day life, escape into the quaint and whimsical world of Little Pond with a cup of hot tea by your side.
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