Game Review: Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion

Release date: 2021
Version played: PC via Steam in 2021

An action adventure game developed by independent studio Snoozy Kazoo, Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion was released in early 2021. Playing as the eponymous Turnip Boy, you are found guilty of tax evasion and must pay off your new debt to the Mayor of Veggieville, Mayor Onion. Utilising a small arsenal of weapons, support items and gear, players must solve a handful of Zelda-esque dungeons and uncover a deadly conspiracy behind a corrupt vegetable government.

+ the art style is just adorable. Various fruits and vegetables populate the world, using their leaves or shells (do avocados have shells?) as humanised hairstyle or accessories. I loved everything about the various edible creatures
+ the writing is hilarious, not just in number of jokes, but especially the timing of said jokes. The aforementioned characters all have their own quirky personalities, and the game pokes fun at the obvious separation of game and reality such as how Turnip Boy would swing a sword or wear gloves considering he has no hands
+ the music is really well done, with each area of the game having its own theme. These don’t sound like typical 8-bit chip tunes, however, and the song from The Forsaken Farmhouse has stuck with me since
+ the story is deeper than it may first appear, either through hinted happenings in the background or explicit story beats. I enjoyed it for what it was, though it’s not entirely unique (I do withhold the obvious comparison, though, as it would be a clear spoiler)

– I managed to complete this in its entirety in just under three hours with only a single death/game over. It was an incredibly satisfying three hours mind you, but only you can judge your acceptable time:money ratio

> I’m a sucker for adorable characters wearing hats. I don’t know why

Should you play this game: I had my eye on this from its release, but for one reason or another never got around to playing it. Don’t make my mistake. If you’re looking for a short, cute and funny offering, this will tick that box with ease.

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