No one likes paying taxes. Unfortunately, it’s something we all have to do and wilfully committing tax evasion is not something we would ever encourage anyone to do. Isn’t it wonderful, then, that you can evade as much tax as you like in Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion, an action-RPG from developer Snoozy Kazoo. It may well be one of the cutest games you play all year, but it’s also one of the strongest examples of the genre in recent times.
Taking clear inspiration from classic Legend of Zelda titles, you take on the role of the eponymous Turnip Boy, who must undertake a various quests in order to pay off his massive debt to Mayor Onion. From this point on, the whole ‘tax evasion’ aspect of the narrative mostly takes a backseat in terms of gameplay, with the quests themselves resembling more classic RPG tropes; i.e. go here, collect this super-important item, bring it back. You gain a number of new items and abilities as you roam the land, and in the main these are utilised remarkably well.
The gameplay itself feels relatively pleasant for the most part. Early in the game, Turnip Boy obtains a ‘soil sword’ along with a watering can. The sword can be used to defend against fearsome snails, piglets, and other such animals, but utilising it feels a bit ‘floaty’ at times. Swinging the sword doesn’t feel as intuitive as it does in A Link to the Past, for instance. On the flip side, the watering can is an extremely useful tool throughout the game, and can be used to create bombs to open new areas, and even portals for transportation and puzzle completion. Flipping between items using ‘L’ and ‘R’ is easy, but you can also access your complete inventory by holding down ‘Y’.
As good as the gameplay is, it almost always plays second fiddle to the game’s outstanding tone and dialogue. You’ll come across a wide cast of characters during your travels, all of which comprise different fruits or vegetables — strawberries, avocados and the like. The writing is consistently strong throughout, and while the modern dialect and heavy reliance on social media references may not vibe with some folks, there’s plenty here that made us smile and giggle.
Although Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion is not an overly difficult game, by any means, some of the boss battles may well pose a challenge. The game alleviates this in obvious ways like introducing new abilities and granting you extra health as you naturally progress through the story, but if you still happen to be struggling, you can alter the accessibility options to boost your attack power. You can even go a step further and toggle ‘God Mode’, which effectively makes you invulnerable; it’s a great option for more casual gamers.
Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion is a delight. Its gameplay is not quite on the same level as some of the more top tier examples of the top-down ARPG genre, but it boasts an outstanding tone and utterly ridiculous characters that drive the narrative beautifully. If you’re after a breezy, cheerful palate cleanser, then look no further; this is a great way to get more veggies into your gaming diet.
Where's the spin-off with Yoshi's tax fraud?
Yeah, yoshi did it better.
That actually looks good! But it apparently only takes 2 hours to beat. Might get it on a sale.
Ah, yes. Very "witty" of them referencing internet culture and revolutionary coming up with "Zelda but with Vegetables".
"It's dangerous to grow alone"
Legumes of Zuccini: Spinach Tax
@ImBackBB That’s rich coming from ‘comedy, but without humour’.
The OkraRina of Time.
“Sword combat can be a little bit and miss.”
Get better at hitting then, friend.
@nessisonett or the US version “humour, but without u”
Lol, wtf? I wasn't trying to be funny.
Didn't expect a vegetable to be guity of tax evasion.
That's a turnip for the books.
This game's art style gives me Ittle Dew vibes. Very interested in giving it a go.
Get better at hitting then, friend.
@Zach777 Are you questioning our reviewer's éliteness?
Cute artstyle, gameplay looks solid enough, and charming dialogue? Count me in!
I took a look at this on my channel. It's good but I think I would take it down to a 7. The combat is just really clunky. Good for a laugh though.
Looks like a great game! Mayor Onion sounds like he would get on well with Tom Nook.
Paying tax is great though - it provides for the NHS, welfare state, etc
Sounds like something I would enjoy. Think I will go for this one.
Thanks for the review.
Cute game. It did run about 2-3 hrs to 100% complete. Still worth it. Grab it on sale.
@ImBackBB I think he was referring to your pfp when he said "comedy but without humor"
Oh, well if he was referring to present day Simpsons then I would agree. But to act that way to early-mid 90's Simpsons which my pfp is from is sacrilege.
So, are those gangster governments already enslaving vegetables in their tax extortion system as well?
Sadly, the price is high, and that includes... Taxes, because somehow the government gets to take a share of the transaction when you pay the developers for their product.
I'll replay Ittle Dew 2. It'll HAVE TO do too.
This game is actually really good. Soo eat the VEGETABLES please.
Turnip boy is in trouble for simping
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