Tchia is a weird game. It’s like Breath of the Wild, meets Ubisoft in a PlayStation 2 era platformer.

The beginning of the game is cool, and it feels like you are getting a nice big slice of life in New Caledonia. Tchia, the young girl you play as partakes in the cultural dishes at campfires, the traditional clothing, and the music. During the first song you brush two leaves together to the beats of Tchia’s father’s singing. This is all very much in line of the experience I was expecting from the game, considering you are prompted with five pages of “this game is inspired by New Caledonia” before you hit play. The next narrative beat that follows the song is Tchia’s father being kidnapped by alienesque enemies that came in on a flying hybrid ship. Huh? Turns out many people from the Islands are being kidnapped by the reigning king Maevora who is also weirdly a worm like entity.

The main narrative is terribly uninteresting because it hasn’t been fleshed out well. If it’s a cultural story it’s as bizarre as they come. The fact that the townspeople are unresponsive to others on the island being kidnapped takes you out of the game a little. On a positive the relationships between people in the story are endearing and wonderful. Some would be especially heartfelt if the story felt more grounded.

Tchia is a game that is mostly enjoyable. When I’m exploring the world I’m loving the beautiful scenery, and the music. That being said, whenever I was forced to do combat I wanted to switch the game off, it’s terrible. The only way you can kill enemies is with explosives that you constantly have to pick up. Every time I would add them to my bag in quick succession one would fumble to the ground and blow me on my arse. There is Soul-Jumping which allows you to jump into animals and objects. Unfortunately everything requires stamina, which feels unnecessary to me in a game like this, it holds back the game from being more fun.

There were some weird platformers back on PlayStation, and PlayStation 2. Many of them had a lot of nonsensical story beats that came out of nowhere. Sometimes this may have been due to the available space on the compact disc, others perhaps budgetary reasons. The thing with Tchia is it’ is’s clearly made with so much love it feels as if it’s a disservice to itself by not crafting a better story, and better combat. Everything else has been perfected. Tchia herself has a lot of charm and character, she’s a ripe gaming mascot in the making.

As someone who has been to New Caledonia I think the game most impressively shines a light on the culture and captures the beauty of the wilderness it has to offer. From the city to the shores I felt the presence of New Caledonia and it’s cool that more people can experience the wonders of this place. Overall, Tchia is a stunning game with fundamental flaws holding it back from being a gem. It’s available free in the PlayStation Game Catalogue now and is well worth jumping into to experience its stunning world.

Robert Ring

PS Plus Game Catalogue March 2023

February gave us the best month since the launch of the PlayStation Game Catalogue. Therefore it’s not easy to maintain new game additions and yet March looks to be another good month. These games are in addition to the PlayStation Plus Essentials you can find HERE.

All titles are available Tuesday March 21, 2023.

PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium

  • Uncharted Legacy of Thieves Collection – PS5
  • Tchia – PS4, PS5
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction – PS4, PS5
  • Ghostwire: Tokyo – PS5
  • Life is Strange: True Colours – PS4, PS5
  • Immortals Fenyx Rising – PS4, PS5
  • Life is Strange 2 – PS4
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot – PS4, PS5
  • Street Fighter V Champion Edition – PS4
  • Untitled Goose Game – PS4
  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD – PS4
  • Rage 2 – PS4
  • Neo: The World Ends with You – PS4
  • Haven – PS4, PS5

PlayStation Premium Classics

  • Ridge Racer Type 4 (PS1) – PS4, PS5
  • Ape Academy 2 (PSP) – PS4, PS5
  • Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror (PSP) – PS4, PS5

Uncharted Legacy of Thieves Collection comprises of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and spinoff title Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. These two games are marque PlayStation 4 titles that have been updated for PlayStation 5. If you haven’t played them yet, well, they would be on the top of my list certainly. With rumours of a follow up game on the horizon it would be ideal for you to play these two titles so you know why the next game will be a departure from these two.

Tchia like Stray before it is dropping day and date into the game catalogue. This gives the vibes of a more platforming Seasons. What is cool about it is the inspiration comes from New Caledonia. Many people that go on cruises particularly in Australia have been there and explored the beautiful islands surrounding it. This will be particularly cool for me to see how they do it.

It will likely be a while before we see another game come from Tango Gameworks on PlayStation, since Bethesda is now owned by Microsoft. Ghostwire Tokyo came out to good reviews although it’s a game that sounds more divisive from users. Rage 2 is another similar title coming to the Game Catalogue this month that I would not recommend.

We get two more Life is Strange titles, meaning they are all available in the game catalog now. The same goes with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD now joining the rest of the library. If you like smaller games the smash hit Untitled Goose Game will be for you. Immortals Fenyx Rising is the one I always feel is underrated, and you should absolutely check it out. Kakarot is another must play for Dragon Ball fans, my review can be found HERE. The PlayStation Classics don’t hold a light to last months picks, but we do get another Syphon Filter game so that’s good.

Overall, another good month with diverse titles that should fit to most gamers needs.

Are you happy with this month’s picks from PlayStation?

Robert Ring