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A Turnip Boy Review
Today, we’ll be reviewing Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion! In this highly-rated video game, the user plays as the troublesome Turnip Boy in a world of talking vegetables and fruits, led by the menacing Mayor Onion 🧅 This humorous video game couldn’t have come out at a better time than right before tax season. I personally enjoyed every minute of its over-the-top boss fights, exaggerated characters, and references to pop culture and current events.
Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion is a 2D adventure video game, created by Snoozy Kazoo and published by Graffiti Games. This pixelated video game tells the story of a talking turnip and his tax-evading escapades. Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion is a doesn’t-take-itself-seriously video game that takes inspiration from pop culture, classic Zelda video games, and present-day events. The result? A world where vegetables pay taxes and own real estate! 🏡 However, the rebellious, tax-evading Turnip boy loses his greenhouse to the infamous Mayor Onion. But, he might get it back if he does a few questionable jobs for the corrupt mayor!
This game’s wacky characters, ridiculous boss fights, and occasional dark humor create an unexpected contrast with the kawaii graphics and whimsical music. While a bit on the shorter side, Turnip Boy is a hilarious video game that I would recommend to anyone (especially if it’s tax season 😂). For its entertaining story, cute graphics, and refreshingly simplistic gameplay, Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion gets a 5/5 from me. If you’re looking for the perfect bite-sized game to play on a long weekend, then this is it!
Story Quality 🖋
Simple, funny, and just an all-around entertaining storyline!
Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion starts off with poor Turnip Boy receiving a notice from the government, telling him that he owes “a ton of property tax” on his greenhouse. Defiantly, the rebellious Turnip Boy rips up the tax bill! This marks the beginning of the little turnip’s wild quest to get the deed to his house back from the evil, scheming Mayor Onion.
The story quality of Turnip Boy was easy to follow and surprisingly refreshing. While the overarching story was predictable to a degree, it was the small interactions with all the crazy characters and over-the-top boss fights that truly made the experience! The laid-back, uncomplicated story made this game a wonderful thing to play when you just need to give your brain a break from the overly complicated. I frequently found myself hilariously taken aback by the sheer randomness of the dialogue and the occasional bit of dark humor.
Graphics and Sound 🎧
The vibrant color pallet and upbeat soundtrack contrast its…slightly ominous setting.
Turnip Boy’s adventure is montaged by cute beeps and bops. The juxtaposition of the auspicious music and ominous undertones of a corrupt government promotes the video game’s engaging story. The colorful, pixelated graphics are adorable but also ensure that almost anyone can play the game without needing an expensive gaming computer.
While the soundtrack isn’t necessarily something that I’d listen to offline, its happy tunes put a smile on my face for sure 😊. If you’re looking for a great video game soundtrack, look no further than my Lost Ember review!
Game mechanics that pull inspiration from the Zelda series and Stardew Valley.
Within the first 15 minutes of gameplay, Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion showcases many different sources of inspiration including Zelda, Stardew Valley, and current events. Along with these relatable references and distaste that most everyone has for tax season, Turnip Boy promises streamlined story progression including small puzzles, sequential discovery dungeons, and entertaining boss fights. As Turnip Boy progresses through the story, he gains extra abilities and tools that unlock new areas.
While others thought the boss fights clunky, I thought the boss fights were fairly easy with brief moments of difficulty to keep things interesting. The boss fights are straightforward with pretty predictable attack patterns, similar to those seen in the Zelda games. But the animations are humorous and the final boss definitely poses a greater challenge than the rest–giving the video game a fulfilling ending once you beat it.
*There is a section of the game that remains blocked off–even after defeating the final boss. Without knowing for sure, my assumption is that this blocked-off level might hint at additional content for the future. If anyone has ideas, let me know in the comments below! 💡*
User Experience 🖱
A brightly pixelated video game, perfect for playing on almost any computer.
From start to finish, Turnip Boy was a pretty easy game to navigate through. The game itself can be played on pretty much any computer–only requiring 1 GB of RAM, 600 MB of space, and an i5 processor. It played smoothly on my computer from start to finish with no crashing. Turnip Boy can be played on either a keyboard and mouse or a controller (which I always appreciate on 2D games 💖).
In the sense of user interface, the menus were easy to navigate and minimal, and switching tools mid-combat for different attacks was relatively smooth (with some stumbling over the buttons). I have heard others struggle with combat, mentioning that it was a little clunky for their taste, but I didn’t have that experience personally. There was the occasional text bubble that would pop up and disrupt my combat while traversing the “dungeons”, but the user experience is pretty spot-on other than that 😄
In summary, Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion is a great video game if you’d like a break from the 60+ hour and 15 million achievement video games. Turnip Boy’s adventure can be purchased on Steam, the Nintendo Switch store, and even Amazon (especially if you like having a physcial copy!) As a frequent player of longer, open-world games, it was super satisfying to be able to play a video game from beginning to end over a weekend.