The Mystery Dungeon series are games I missed out on when they were released, with the one starring Final Fantasy’s famous Chocobo being the highlight title when it came to the Nintendo Wii some time ago. Thankfully Square Enix decided to bring back the beloved bird to the PS4 and Nintendo Switch in Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy that has loads of rogue-like fun for everybody and buddy out there.
The plot follows the adventures of Cid and his fowl feathered buddy Chocobo as they explore dungeons looking for treasure. It doesn’t take long for their ultimate adventure to begin after they’re swept away by a magic force to a small seaside town called Lostime. It appears its weird name comes from the fact none of the people there can remember anything from their lives, giving them an “ignorance is bliss” kind of happiness. Of course Cid, Chocobo, and the many friends they’ll come across in this adventure aren’t about to let this keep happening, and it’s up to all of you to stop it and get everyone’s memories back.
To do this, you’ll have to explore over 500-plus levels (I’m not joking) of random, roguelike dungeons completing quests and helping the townsfolk until the mystery behind the town is revealed. The combat is a mix of turn-based battles mixed in with hack-and-slash, as the enemies only move and attack when you do, and you press one button to attack while still being able to access a menu for special abilities, item use, and such. You’ll also be able to recruit some of the townspeople you helped who in turn assist you in combat, and they can also be controlled by another player via local co-op for some old-school two player action.
One of the biggest draws here is the ability to use Final Fantasy’s famous job system from the Chocobo, as he literally has many hats to wear that grants even more special attacks it can use. Ones such as a Black Mage who can attack multiple enemies with spells, or a knight that can cause huge damage, and more. It’s a fun system that players will easily get pulled into just to see what new skill unlocks next after leveling each class with job points you earn as you level.
If you’re looking for a light, cute-looking RPG adventure with loads of exploration and roguelike gameplay, you’ll want to grab some Gysahl Greens and set off on adventure with Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy. With plenty of Final Fantasy fun around every dungeon corner, this is chocobo-packed ride you’ll want to shake a tail feather at.