Tunic epitomises everything great about video games: a beautiful art style, loveable character, and everything has come from the mind of just one person – Andrew Shouldice. Having recently had the privilege of talking with Andrew regarding his love-letter to Zelda and platformers of yesteryear, we have been looking forward to today with bated breath.
Announced all the way back in 2017, over the last five years Andrew and the publishing team at Finji have been hard at work crafting the tale of a little fox as they navigate an untouched land – untouched that is, apart from the number of foes that lie in our hero’s way.
Throughout the course of the game, you will be granted access to a number of weapons and combat techniques as our foxy friend takes on all manner of enemies in an isometric combat manner by dashing, slashing and rolling to and fro. Both combat and exploration are at the forefront of all you will be doing in Tunic, hence the immediate comparisons to Zelda titles.
One simply cannot fail to mention the stunning visuals at play here: they truly steal the show. In what has since come to be described as ‘tunicy’ art, this falls somewhere between cartoony and voxel styles, whereby the neon pinks of enemy attacks and the warm glow of underground lamps pop in equal amounts. It’s definitely worth seeing for yourself – check out the trailer below!
Key features of the game include:
- BECOME A LEGEND – Stories say that a great treasure is hidden somewhere in this land. Perhaps it lies beyond the golden door? Or somewhere deep beneath the earth? Some tales tell of a palace high above the clouds, and of ancient beings with incredible power. What will you find?
- REBUILD A SACRED BOOK – During your travels, you’ll reconstruct the game’s Instruction Manual. Page by page, you’ll reveal maps, tips, special techniques, and the deepest of secrets. If you find every last one, maybe something good will happen…
- BE COURAGEOUS, LITTLE ONE! – Dive into varied, technical combat. Dodge, block, parry, and strike! Learn how to conquer a wide cast of monsters, big and small — and discover useful new items to help you on your way.
“I used to feel like there were no secrets in this game, because I knew all of them — but now that TUNIC is done, it’s so validating to see people be delighted by all the things we’ve hidden.”, says Andrew Shouldice, “There really is a lot to find, and I hope players feel the kind of wonder this game was inspired by. I’m so very proud of what we’ve created, and I can’t wait for everyone to go out there and explore.”
Tunic is now available on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC platforms. For the Xbox gamers among us, head down to the Xbox Store to pick up a copy for £24.99. It’s on Game Pass too.
Our full review of Tunic is coming very soon. We’ve been hands on with this one for a little while already and can confirm it’s a bit special. Just hold tight for those words to confirm it.
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 in a ruined land, and armed with only your own curiosity, you will confront colossal beasts, collect strange and powerful items, and unravel long-lost secrets.