TUNIC Review thumbnail

TUNIC Review

Isometric Zelda Souls with a fox

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a PS5 on 🦊

TUNIC is also available for PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch

TUNIC is rated Everyone 10+ by the ESRB

TUNIC has been around for a while already but it's finally available on PlayStation consoles so let's see what all the hubbub is about.

│ Like you, Video Chums despises clickbait so you won't find any divisive content or articles that fuel the console wars here. 🧯

TUNIC screenshot 1
Where should this little fox venture next?

Piece it all together

I already played TUNIC on Xbox when it released earlier this year but I wanted to play it again because it's that great; I finished it twice! Anyway, one of the most notable aspects about TUNIC is that you essentially figure everything out yourself. Just like the original Legend of Zelda had gamers slowly try to unravel its world back in the '80s, TUNIC plops you in the middle of its game world as a cute fox and you must then venture forth with very little guidance. This setup is brilliant and the fact that nearly everything is written in a made-up language makes deciphering the collectible manual pages even more fun. Overall, this is one ingenious and rewarding premise. v1d30chumz 35-172-230-154

Zelda + Souls + Isometric adventure

So, how exactly does TUNIC play? Well, it's a blend of Zelda-style exploration and Soulslike combat that takes place in a large isometric game world. In order to progress, you'll often have to discover hidden paths by pushing against certain walls and this abstruse approach to progression is oddly satisfying. Meanwhile, the combat utilizes a stamina meter as you hack and slash at enemies while blocking and dodging out of harm's way. There's also a solid set of items such as bombs and magic wands that you can use in order to gain an upper-hand. With that being said, the combat is incredibly simple and it could definitely use more fleshing out, especially during the damage sponge bosses. Fighting regular enemies is enjoyable, though, and you even face a few giant enemy crabs in one area. 🦀

TUNIC screenshot 2
These waterfalls may be serene but this place is still creepy

Pitch-perfect presentation

Another stand-out element of TUNIC is its absolutely gorgeous visuals. You don't often see games as uniquely presented as this and the fact that everything comes together so cohesively is just awesome. The foxy hero is adorable as they run around with their tail bouncing and watching grass and bushes animate as you brush past them helps create a tangible experience that's as immersive as it is cute. 🌲

A few rough patches

Although TUNIC is a great game overall, it contains many moments that'll likely cause feelings of frustration or tedium. Before discussing further, I should mention that you can disable both health and stamina depletion which essentially makes you invincible but doing so doesn't provide a sense of accomplishment as you can easily breeze through the game. Anyway, when you face a boss that completely decimates you or a long hazardous stretch between save spots, it can make you feel like you're banging your head on the wall. If you "cheat" then you can get past these moments but if you keep trying, you might either get a sense of accomplishment or merely feel empty that you wasted so much time and energy on your eventual path to victory. I wish everything was balanced much better. ⚖️

On the tedious side of the equation, you'll encounter many moments when you have no idea what to do in order to progress or you may know exactly what to do yet have to trudge through a super-lengthy stretch in order to accomplish the task at hand. Even though nothing can be done about the latter; luckily for you, I wrote a walkthrough that can help with the former. 😅

TUNIC: A Step-by-Step Guide

Uncover secrets

Perhaps the most overlooked aspect of TUNIC that really takes things to a whole other level is the amount of secrets that you can uncover as you progress through its very tricky and elaborate world. In fact, there's one secret that's so intricate that it leads you to a strange website. In other words, even when you think that you've seen and done everything then you may be missing something; heck, even the developer said there are secrets that no one found yet. I wish that more developers put this much effort into secrets. 🤫

TUNIC screenshot 3
Time to roast some marshmallows

TUNIC is a great indie game that will get its hooks in you as you try to decipher its incredibly elaborate game world and once you feel like you've seen everything, you'll keep discovering more and more to the point where it's hard to not think about this wonderful game.

  • + Wonderful mix of Zelda-inspired world and Soulslike combat
  • + Innovative old-school premise
  • + Loads of secrets to uncover
  • - Difficulty is far too frustrating at parts without toggling the accessibility options
  • - Certain segments can become tedious
  • - Combat is a bit on the simple side
8.2 out of 10
Gameplay video for TUNIC thumbnail
Watch A.J. play TUNIC
Which Lego Dimensions Minifigure Are You?

Comments for TUNIC Review

© Video Chums 2014-2023. All rights reserved. Latest article published . Privacy Policy - Video Index - Category Index - Rapid Fire Review Index