Originally named Secret of Legend, Tunic features a charming little fox in an atmosphere very inspired by the first Zeldas and all sprinkled with a slight Dark Soulienne tendency. We went on an adventure and here is our story.
Update October 1, 2022: Test of the Switch version by NeoGrifteR
Like many other indie games, Tunic is also coming to the small console from nintendo. It’s always good to offer a game to as many people as possible, especially when it comes to discovering such a good title.
The game remains just as pretty on the To change and the music is just as captivating. The little fox also controls himself very well. However, the console shows rare moments of weakness (certainly improved with the latest updates): a slightly jerky change of light here, a little slowdown there. The loading times are perhaps also a bit long: it’s not dramatic, but it can annoy on several round trips. This version does not bring anything new or additional functions compared to the original released last March. Taken out of its dock, the touch screen is not used.
Finally, the port is correct: you can play it in good conditions, and it offers the possibility of indulging in it on the go (like on the SteamDeck, on the other hand, but with the autonomy that we know ).
Sly as a fox
Announced duringE3 2017Tunic is a game developed by a small team that we have recently interviewed. The idea of the main developer and father of Tunic (Andrew Shouldice) was to offer an isometric action adventure game that was pretty, but also very mysterious both in its gameplay only in his world.
You arrive on a fairly large island without the slightest clue to your adventure. You must explore, find notes and answers concerning your presence on the scene, but also that of a very strange entity which seems to be a prisoner.
This is really the personality of Tunique – let the player discover – and this happens in particular via a small book that you complete as you go via notes that you find throughout your adventure. Therefore, depending on your tendency to explore, you can unlock certain skills quickly (or not). We walk around, we find our way through a rather clever creation of levels and, finally, we come across a path behind a fir tree which makes us discover a new note. A very old school vibe of the 90s is felt throughout the adventure and it is a real pleasure to discover these different mysteries in turn. Some will not be very sensitive to this side of the game which will not take you by the hand while others will appreciate it.
At levels gameplay, we are on a system that is certainly classic, but rather effective. We have a stamina bar that decreases with each roll or protection with the shield. As long as you have stamina, your dodge grants you invulnerability. The death of your character is equivalent to losing in-game currency as well as returning to a checkpoint you activated. At the mechanics stage of dark soulswe can recover them by returning to the point of his death and this remains in the end very little penalizing.
Facing yourself, you have to chain the action/exploration phases and of course come across monsters with completely variable difficulties. Classic enemies generally pose little danger after discovering their pattern. On the other hand, each encounter with a boss is a real difficulty cap. No more exploration, place to fight. These are often much more complicated fights that put you face to face with the sometimes brutal reality of the game. It can be really disconcerting at first, but it is also part of the essence of the game whether you like it or not. However, don’t worry: the developers have thought about people wanting to experience the game without having to cut their wrists or break 12 controllers. Indeed, there is a simple mode allowing you, via the pause menu, to activate an invincible mode or the fact of no longer losing stamina. Enough to allow everyone to discover this little nugget.
Whether in terms of its graphic charter, its sound aspect or its gameplay, Tunic is a relatively well thought out game. It offers both complex aspects while making it difficult to render combat obsolete. However, we note that the game really leaves you with very few clues and that being blocked can quickly discourage the player. The tunic is available on Xbox One and Xbox Series via Xbox Game Pass and on PC for 27.99 euros. Honestly, if you have the Gamepass, I warmly invite you to discover the game.
Test carried out by Glaystal on PC using a version provided by the publisher.