In the uniquely drawn point & click adventure Tohu we play the girl … well, we don't have a name, everyone just calls us "the little girl". However, we can also transform ourselves into a big, strong robot with the help of our special hair ornament, a white cube. Since both have their own skills, our two protagonists can solve a lot of different puzzles in this way.
Dive into the world of fish!
In Tohu we are not on our planet earth, but we travel to different fish planets. What should a fish planet be? Giant fish on which life has arisen that fly around … in the universe of the game? Swim? In any case, they exist. The entire game world is built up just as crazy as this idea looks. Almost everything is not as good as we are used to on earth. Often living beings are a mixture of object and creature, it is also not uncommon for us to find completely new animals and almost everything has a face or at least eyes. Even The Hills have eyes! In addition, a lot in the game universe is operated using steam engines or improvised technology, which is strongly reminiscent of the steampunk genre.
Many of the creative locals made us smile because they often appear unexpectedly or are simply drawn in a cute and funny way. But not only the creatures are full of fantasy, but also the fish world itself. Most of the “planets” floating around in the galaxy have their own mechanisms that reveal themselves as we discover them. For example, on a world there is a clock on which we can turn the time back and forth and depending on what time we are in, the world and its population look completely different.
The characters we meet do not have a classic setting, but communicate via incomprehensible gibberish that always fits the respective character. So we read the dialogues with the people in speech bubbles. Like the worlds and their "animals", these are always unique, both in appearance and personality. Whether it's a confused scientist or an old man who wants to make a kite out of his lizard, the characters are guaranteed to stay in our minds!
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The various underwater creatures … or, in this case, surface creatures? Well, let's just call them fish planets … anyway, let's visit because a mean little crook in a black robe has destroyed our precious, sacred machine. We will learn what this is all about in the course of the game, but the only important thing at this point is: we have to repair our sanctuary! To get the tools we need, we travel to the different planets. Once on this one, we encounter different obstacles every time. On our first visit we want to visit our old friend, a confused scientist. However, he seems a little too confused to be able to remember us. So to let him know who we are, we have to go into his workshop and find a picture of him and the little girl. However, this is easier said than done.
Not only has the old Kautz built in some hidden mechanisms as precautionary measures, but pure muscle power is also required. Fortunately, we can transform ourselves into the strong robot Cubus, who can handle the tests of strength with ease. The interaction of the two main characters is used again and again. While our strong counterpart takes care of the rather rougher work, as little girls we climb onto various objects and talk to the locals. However, the core of the gameplay does not consist of lifting things up and climbing, but of solving puzzles in the best point & click manner. These range from "Oh, that's it?" To "Oh my god, is the game that difficult or am I just stupid !?". Depending on how stupid or clever we are, we can grit our teeth at puzzles or look casually at the world while our brain is hardly used. In addition, it should be said: the adventure also runs with the mouse pointer on the Nintendo Switch and other consoles, which after a short period of getting used to it doesn't bother at all.
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Even if the tasks here and there are not particularly tricky, they are almost always meaningfully implemented in the game world and around the characters. Whether we are helping our old friend with his memory or have to sneak into the warehouse of a greedy trader, the quests are always entertaining and, thanks to the creative presentation, never boring. The accompanying music isn't bad either. Although it is not particularly noticeable, it always underlines the cute atmosphere.
If you like a little puzzle fun, want to dive into a strange world and get on with the meager point and click market want to serve, will surely be able to spend a few wonderful hours with Tohu!
Tohu will be released on January 28th for PC, Xbox One, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and Google Stadia.