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Is there a better way to start a New year than taking a holiday on a tropical island? The Touryst is all about going on a relaxing holiday. Well it was, until the unnamed protagonist wearing his Hawaiian shirt steps on to the sunny sands of the Touryst Island and speaks to a sunbathing blocky NPC and discovers there is more to the his holiday island than he was expecting.
The puzzles might not be the most taxing you'll ever come across and you'll blow through the whole thing pretty quickly, but overall this is a top-notch – and perfectly priced – little gem.
The Touryst is the perfect vacation, you can surf, explore caves, or show your athletic prowess, there is a lot of things to do and a lot of fun to be had with this hidden gem.
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The Touryst is a wonderful slice of adventure gaming paradise, but it features some tough platforming and challenges that can be a little frustrating. Ultimately, though, these concerns are minor when compared to the visual splendour and dream-like atmosphere of the various islands and environments.
[i]The Touryst[i] may sport minimalistic visual designs, but make no mistake, it truly is a technical showcase for the Nintendo Switch with all the effects it throws around at the same time, all at a locked 1080p60 while docked. Shin'en strikes again then, and the adventure itself is pleasing and gripping throughout. Its only shortcoming is that, in the hands of capable riddle solvers, it is on the short side of things and feels like it is over a bit too quickly.
All in all, The Touryst is a fun little game, with a lot going for it. If you have the spare money to pick this up, and want something quick and fun to get through the weekend, I would recommend the game, just don’t expect too a large game, and some areas may be frustrating. You will get a few laughs and a gorgeous looking game out of it.
There isn't a strong narrative that strings together this adventure, but the lack of one makes the whole experience a bit more beguiling. If I were subject to an endless series of cut-scenes where characters prattle through the exposition, I wouldn't have walked away from The Touryst as intrigued as I am. Mind you, it's not an amazing experience or something I'm going to remember several months from now like other, more dynamic indie games. But, as a small, self-contained adventure with gorgeous style and a playful sense of freedom, I was more than satisfied when the credits rolled.
The Touryst does not make the player save the world or defeat demonic lords of darkness, quite the contrary - it's an adventure game set in a beach holiday universe and one which gets things right. With plenty of things to do, which may or may not be related to the game's quest, a beautiful background and a varied and relaxed gameplay, this is a marvelous, albeit short, adventure that is more than likely to amuse and entertain.
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The Touryst is a leisurely puzzle/adventure game that should satisfy those looking for something very light to play on the go. Everyone else might find the experience too trivial and forgettable, apart from the unique visuals.
The Touryst might have been an interesting game like Fez, but the developers spoiled everything with a monstrously inconvenient camera, crooked controls and boring levels with bad jumping sections. Great graphics, bright Islands and the atmosphere of adventure slightly correct the situation, but do not save the game from failure. Weak ending openly hints a sequel, but if the Studio does not find experts on the gameplay, nothing good can be expected.
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