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Snoozy Kazoo makes completely stupid games. It's written in big letters on their website. So, we understand better the improbable teasing caused by the name of their game: Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion.  The pitch of the game even matches its title, which inevitably pays homage to the 2016 meme: Turnip Boy is in a bind: Mayor Onion of...

Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion

  • Samanta Blumberg
  • Jun 18, 2021

Snoozy Kazoo makes completely stupid games. It's written in big letters on their website. So, we understand better the improbable teasing caused by the name of their game: Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion. 

The pitch of the game even matches its title, which inevitably pays homage to the 2016 meme: Turnip Boy is in a bind: Mayor Onion of Potboiler Town tells him that he has knowingly engaged in tax evasion for years and consequently owes the state a small fortune. To begin with, the mayor snatches the keys to his greenhouse and gives him an ultimatum: pay what he owes or do some strange work for the slacker to settle his debt. Our turnip doesn't intend to pay back a cent and tears up the tax notice before complying with the taxman's wishes. And here he goes on a quest that will take him to the four corners of the town and its surroundings to look for insignificant objects (a store of wood, a bag of fertilizer), but others more irrelevant like a laser pointer? In the process, the leguminous one will meet a ton of characters: blueberries, beets, strawberries, acorns, etc. who will all have existential problems to solve and gifts to give to our cheerful broke man.


Tax Cocktail
To help him in his tasks, the incredulous hero will quickly get a watering can that will allow him to grow bonus vegetables (bombs, blocks to be pushed, portals) scattered here and there and especially a clay sword that will be very useful to shoot the giant maggots and other slobbering gastropods that swarm in the woods. It is in a completely Zelda-esque structure (but gathered on itself) that we will evolve from Fedex quest to Fedex quest, in search of such and such an object that will allow recovering such and such another one to unlock a passage or to satisfy the mayor. Somehow, those who like the genre will easily find their way.

As dungeons, you'll find yourself going through a few rooms of a ghost house, the alleys of a farmhouse, or the corridors of an underground bunker in search of a not very complicated boss to kill. Even if the game would like to make us use the last discovered bonus vegetable, it is most often easier to hit your opponent with your sword. Especially since the gameplay outside of moving around the map is too often haphazard and coughing: you have to go back several times to hit an enemy or trigger actions by combining bonuses and your accessories. It's all the more grating that the developers had some good ideas on this site, notably a portal inspired by Valve's game that will be used to manipulate and transport large objects. We are therefore surprised that the delirium is not pushed more than that. Finally, the game mechanics are like the rest, compacted to fit in a pocket format.

Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion unfolds its adventure at lightning speed, so much so that you go through the plot twist like butter, without dwelling on this detail that could have boosted the scenario. No, we arrive much too quickly on its final of the same type as the rest, namely a boss not difficult to bring to his knees and a happy ending despite the twists and turns of the last half hour of the game (out of a total duration of two hours at most). But then what is left to save from the smoothie blender? Its humor perhaps. The first project of the young American studio is indeed full of Cartoon Network humor with urban language that hits every time.

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