- Publisher: Finji
- Release Date: Sep 27, 2022
- Also On: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
TUNIC is an action adventure game about a tiny fox in a big world where you don't belong. Presented by Finji.
Developed by Andrew Shouldice, TUNIC is a game shrouded in mystery and intrigue. Crafted to evoke feelings of classic action adventure games, TUNIC stars a heroic little fox asTUNIC is an action adventure game about a tiny fox in a big world where you don't belong. Presented by Finji.
Developed by Andrew Shouldice, TUNIC is a game shrouded in mystery and intrigue. Crafted to evoke feelings of classic action adventure games, TUNIC stars a heroic little fox as they explore a foreign land that hides danger around every corner. Discover unique items, new combat techniques, and arcane secrets as our hero forges their way through intriguing new world.
Explore a land filled with lost legends, ancient powers, and ferocious monsters in TUNIC, an isometric action game about a small fox on a big adventure. Stranded on a mysterious beach, armed with only your own curiosity, you will confront colossal beasts, collect strange and powerful items, and unravel long-lost secrets.
* Explore a hostile and intricately-connected world of shady forests, sprawling ruins, and labyrinthine catacombs
* Fight mighty bosses deep beneath the earth, high above the clouds, and in places stranger still
* Collect the missing manual pages, bursting with hints and original full-colour illustrations
* Discover hidden treasures to help you on your way
* Unearth secret relics, secret techniques, secret puzzles, and listen, there's a lot of secrets!
* Featuring sound design by Power Up Audio (Celeste, Darkest Dungeon, Subnautica: Below Zero)
* And an original soundtrack by Lifeformed (Dustforce, Double Fine Adventure)
Keep your wits about you and be brave, little fox!… Expand
- Developer: ISOMETRICORP Games
- Genre(s): Role-Playing, Action Adventure, Action RPG, Open-World
- # of players: No Online Multiplayer
- Cheats: On GameFAQs
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Positive: 8 out of 8
Mixed: 0 out of 8
Negative: 0 out of 8
Sep 27, 2022Tunic is a modern masterpiece and its mysteries, secrets, and puzzles will stay with you for a long time after the credits roll.
Oct 4, 2022If you enjoy action-adventures and don’t mind a game that isn’t big on going easy on the player, you should give TUNIC a look. It’s gorgeous, clever, challenging, and simply a joy to pick away at. While it is quite difficult by default, there is an impressive number of options for those who want to tailor the game to their preferences. This Switch port, while obviously not quite up to the versions on other platforms from a technical standpoint, is very good and more than capable of delivering the experience to players. Really something special.
Sep 27, 2022Tunic boasts satisfying and challenging combat, as well as a beautiful world rich with hidden treasures and forgotten knowledge, and revels in slowly giving players the pieces they need to explore its every corner. A delightfully colourful visual language and a beautifully wistful soundtrack also help, bringing everything to life with earnest energy that delivers a sense of childlike wonder that very few games can achieve.
Oct 10, 2022Tunic is intuitive gameplay at its finest, requiring you to figure things out as you go. You’ll either sink, or you’ll swim, and though I sank far more often than I swam, I still couldn’t get enough of this game. If you need a little Dark Souls with your Zelda, this is one of those games that you don’t want to pass up.
Sep 28, 2022TUNIC surprises by bringing back what we love most about The Legend of Zelda and wraps it with an ingenious puzzle that will make us feel that we are in front of the great classic adventure games.
Oct 9, 2022If you love 2D Zeldas or Death's Door, you have to grab it: Tunic is an imaginative action-adventure with clever ideas, a picturesque game world and really poisonous bosses - also on Switch.
Sep 27, 2022You’d be wrong to assume the cute fox-like protagonist and colourful world implies Tunic is a relaxing little adventure for all ages – it’s anything but. Tunic requires a lot of intuitive thinking and patience to navigate its beautiful world with its brilliant in-game instruction manual. Coupled with an unforgiving combat system that punishes impatience and rewards measured study of opponents, Tunic is a game designed for those versed in old-school adventuring and experienced in difficult, sometimes frustrating swordplay. Given all this and its evident Hylian inspirations, and even with some unfortunate performance hitches and obvious downgrades from the versions on other platforms, Tunic feels right at home on a Nintendo console and we recommend it as a creative and concise adventure that both draws and expands upon some prestigious inspirations.
Positive: 12 out of 12
Mixed: 0 out of 12
Negative: 0 out of 12
Oct 2, 2022I finished this game and I literally applauded because it was such a masterpiece. I have to admit at the end I did cheat a bit because I wasI finished this game and I literally applauded because it was such a masterpiece. I have to admit at the end I did cheat a bit because I was like I'm not going to do all that stuff to get to that true ending. But everything else I managed on my own. Such a fabulous, fabulous, fabulous game. I give high high praise to the developers of this game and I hope they release something else like it again in the future. Just what a Marvel. I have tears in my eyes just so glorious. Thank you so much!… Expand
Nov 25, 2022A masterpiece.
Not too easy, good music, graphics ok, Interesting gameplay and amazing true ending !
Dec 23, 2022TUNIC is a masterfully crafted labor of love that will forever hold a special place in my heart.
Oct 6, 2022I normally never write reviews on any site for nearly anything. I always find that the reviews tend to slide between undeserved praise forI normally never write reviews on any site for nearly anything. I always find that the reviews tend to slide between undeserved praise for whatever is presented or outright negativity due to a single bad experience or employee interaction. Video game reviews are fraught with this type of behavior because of platform devotees or a bad experiences with crowdfunding campaigns. I really only preface this review to get across I would rather avoid writing reviews of any kind. I only do so when I am truly appreciative (or not) of the subject matter.
I normally avoid indie games for really one of two reasons:
1) The game is really just a narrative wrapped in video game dressing. Though narratives are fun and enjoyable, the video game experience really is about the user interactivity with the story being presented and providing enough freedom to explore that story in their own way. I find that the vast majority of indie games fall into the trap of expressing a 'vision' over the substance of the experience.
2) The story basically doesn't exist and the game is focused on gimmicky mechanisms to hold the attention of the user. These get boring quickly and are not worth the money.
Big budget studios will always have an advantage in this regard because they can hire the graphical, mechanical, programming, musical and story talent to at least bring a number of good ideas to realization in a title even if it's an average experience. Indie developers rarely have this luxury so it's a one shot deal: do it right or prepare for obscurity.
The visual appearance, at first glance in preview videos and the like, is of a cartoony isometric game that hearkens to your average cell phone game. The music sounded interesting but I hadn't enough of a sampling to truly have an appreciation for it. The combat, at first blush, appeared to resemble the old Zelda franchise games that I loved as a child and thus what really sold me on the game, though the price tag was a bit high for an indie title. Indie warnings. Misgivings aside, Tunic truly is a one-of-a-kind experience.
I say all this to say that this game is nothing short of an amazing experience. The combination of combat dynamics (which are admittedly straightforward and really tread unexplored territory), mobility, story elements and art style is truly a wonder. The fact it was primarily done by one man is an astonishing feat.
I will warn you, despite the cutesy art style, there is a substantial difficulty curve and zero hand-holding. Actually less than zero as most of the dialog in the game is incomprehensible due to it being in an indecipherable language with only a few understandable phrases dotting the limited prompts.
The combat is fast and engaging; the protagonist gains a number of combat and mobility items throughout his adventure that drastically improve his combat expertise and make fighting more efficient and engaging. The boss battles in particular are a masterful exercise in suspense, scale and threat.
The art style is airy and colorful with very well done isometric graphics, clever (and intentionally hidden) visual embellishments and a soundtrack of sometimes whimsical and sometimes foreboding intent. I was thoroughly impressed with the variation and scale of the atmosphere.
The real draw is the clever way in which information is revealed to player through use of an in-game help manual reminiscent of old Nintendo vintage games. You must collect pages of this manual as you go along, most of the text is in the same indecipherable text as the dialog, but visual clues and handwritten notes provide necessary clues to proceed in the story. I must have browsed that booklet hundreds of times looking for any indication of where I should proceed or revealing some diabolically hidden secret. You'll even find abilities you've had but didn't know you did.
If you choose to purchase Tunic, I fully recommend going through the game help-free; the challenge is rewarding and the puzzles add a substantial element to an already great framework of video game development.
Since I played the Switch version, there were a few issues. There was considerable slowdown in some areas because of the Switch hardware struggling to keep up with the rendering. Additionally, there are some graphical glitches occasionally and a propensity for enemies to drop through the environment when using one specific utility device. I would also say that the later optional puzzle challenges are sometimes so vague as to be incomprehensible by all but the most dedicated sleuths. You may, once the primary story is completed, need some assistance to make sense of those later clues. Pay very, very close attention to every detail of the pages you read in the manual, they can and do matter.
All in all, a masterclass in video game design and development with some very minor (and I mean minor) problems. Very well done.… Expand
Oct 17, 2022A really Zelda-ish game in the good way. I absolutely love the artistic style presented. The puzzle parts, sometimes, are challenging. It doesA really Zelda-ish game in the good way. I absolutely love the artistic style presented. The puzzle parts, sometimes, are challenging. It does not earn a 10 beacause of it's map and the path that you have to take in the game, sometimes, are confusing and you don't know what to do o where to go first.… Expand
Dec 9, 2022I enjoyed the game for a quite a bit, but not knowing what is going on took quite a bit from the experience. This being said, the graphics areI enjoyed the game for a quite a bit, but not knowing what is going on took quite a bit from the experience. This being said, the graphics are lovely, the music is wonderful, and the action is pretty satisfying.… Expand
Apr 29, 2023I am notoriously bad at solving puzzles in video games and was very hesitant to buy Tunic. But after downloading the game and playing for 4I am notoriously bad at solving puzzles in video games and was very hesitant to buy Tunic. But after downloading the game and playing for 4 hours straight, I knew this was going to be a blast. I highly recommend. Also do not look up any solutions to the puzzles, all of them are solvable with enough time.… Expand
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