Tunic is an unapologetically challenging action-adventure game that is charming, multi-layered, and immensely rewarding to solve.
Tunic turns its many influences into something that feels both familiar and gloriously new.
Delightfully difficult combat and meaningful exploration make Tunic a retro-inspired modern marvel.
Old school adventure sensibilities and an expertly-designed puzzle box world combine in this charming and engaging indie gem.
Tunic brilliantly captures the feeling of that special childhood title that made you fall in love with video games.
It felt nostalgic, like playing a video game sitting next to a friend, taking turns flipping the manual pages back and forth. It felt like making notes in those margins, circling hints and clues to come back to later. Sometimes, it was utterly surprising. A person found something so bizarre, unlike anything I'd seen yet in this world - and it flipped the game upside down. There's the community aspect to the language, too: Little bits open up as others present theories and translation methods, each pulling a different piece of information into the puzzle. When someone makes even the tiniest breakthrough, it feels unreal.
Tunic harkens back to the 16-bit era with a challenging adventure full of discovery and wonder.
It speaks the language of games gone by while injecting both modernity and its own personal twist.
The best "Zelda" that isn't coming from Nintendo, an unique adventure both in visuals and presentation that puts on the table smart and intelligent ideas. A game that any adventure fan looking for a new challenge should play on Xbox or PC. As simple as that, go and play it. You won't be disappointed.
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Tunic had a lot to live up to after years of built up expectation, and it doesn't just meet them, it shatters them and stands out as one of the most joyous gaming experiences I've had in years. It takes a little while to feel at home in Tunic's gorgeously rendered world, but once it clicks and the secrets of the masterfully constructed in-game manual start to reveal themselves, the resulting game is up there with the likes of Zelda in terms of exploration and discoveries.
Developer Finji has put together something special with this game, a game that lures players in with its adorable mascot character and delivers a deceptively difficult adventure.
It’s the perfect palate cleanser, taking anywhere between six and 20 hours, and absolutely essential if you’ve got a fondness for adventure games with a potion in their pocket, a cape around their neck, and a twinkle in their eye.
Tunic manages to take something (obviously on a smaller scale) from Zelda, Dark Souls and Death's Door, resulting in a challenging and fascinating action-adventure even if it lacks any truly original ideas.
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Don't wait for Tunic to land on our year-end list. Buy.
Tunic is gorgeous, managing to build a world full of mystery and opportunities for exploration, with a wonderful sense of exploration.
And yet, despite its obvious muses, Tunic manages to rise above mere flattery, by paying deeper homage to the medium itself.
I enjoyed Tunic, and I was pleased during most of my time with the game. It’s challenging, but it’s also tranquil. It’s a little slice of puzzle-y goodness in the middle of multiple massive open-world releases, and for that I’m grateful it exists. I just wish sometimes Tunic would meet me halfway and not leave me frustrated either with the controls or with the exploration.
An isometric homage to Zelda that is loyal from top to bottom.
Tunic sits among the pinnacle of indie titles and is just as fun as it is cute and colorful. There are an astounding amount of secrets to discover in the game and, once you've found everything, you can easily play it again and again to do things in a different order using your knowledge. It's a delightful experience that I just can't get enough of.