Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion has been available for PC and Nintendo Switch since April 22, 2021. At this point we will translate the name of the adventure for you: beet boy avoids tax. Sounds stupid? It is! But whether in the good or the bad way, we will now clarify that in the test, in which we accompany the little vegetable scoundrel on his odyssey of tax law.

Is that really the penalty for tax evasion?  Personal Enslavement?  Mr. Onion, I object!  After all, the dignity of the beet is inviolable!

Is that really the penalty for tax evasion? Personal Enslavement? Mr. Onion, I object! After all, the dignity of the beet is inviolable!

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Life as a turnip is not easy. Especially in a world that is ruled by capitalism and its loyal supporter, Mayor Onion. Our hero Turnip Boy can tell you a whole lot about it. One day he takes the courageous decision to set himself apart from the masses of good taxpayers. In a wild act of rebellion, he tears up his tax bill – in which horrific sums are printed – and it goes from the mailbox straight into the garbage can.

From this point in time, steeped in history, our wild adventure begins. Because the mayor is already waiting for us on our doorstep to announce that from now on we have to become his lowly assistant because of our debts. Reluctantly, we go on various missions at his behest, which demand a lot of skill and combat strength. This is the only way we can become the legal owner of our greenhouse again, which has passed to the onion due to our insolvency.

In terms of gameplay, Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion can best be compared to a 2D Zelda. In small, dungeon-like environments, we use found items to solve various puzzles in order to progress. First of all, we have the watering can, which can be used to make plants such as bombs or portals. At the end of a section we meet a boss whom we can poke with our weapon or bring down with the power of the plants. If we are successful, then another heart, an additional life, pops out for us.

Here is a little insight into one of the fights.  The plants arranged in a square bear bombs as fruit when we water them. & Nbsp;

Here is a little insight into one of the fights. The plants arranged in a square bear bombs as fruit when we water them.

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A vegetarian fever dream

While we are doing our jobs, we are simultaneously exploring the colorful world of Veggieville and getting to know all sorts of eccentric residents. Among other things, we encounter a choleric macaroni and a cherry that is strong to a well-known anime meme remind. The dialogues are fun and there is definitely no lack of humorous references to pop culture. It’s really worth addressing each character once or, ideally, several times. This way we don’t miss any gags or funny sequences.

In the course of the game, a story unfolds, the extent of which we would not have believed the playful indie title would have at first. Understandably, we are not offered a huge epic with profound twists and turns, but at least there is a lot of unexpected discoveries in the story about the life of the beet. Old diary entries, for example, give us insights into a mysterious past. So much can still be revealed without slipping too much into gross spoilers. Even if a sophisticated plot was probably not the main focus of the developers, they can definitely convince with this valuable addition. At some point we at least caught ourselves wanting to know what was actually behind all the mysterious events. In fact, there is actually much more potential that could have been used. This could possibly be taken up again in a second part and expanded further. Otherwise the whole thing would still be a little unsatisfactory.

The length doesn’t matter

Unfortunately, the game is over pretty quickly. We are offered compressed fun, which on the one hand provides continuous pleasure, but on the other hand also has the bland aftertaste of a premature end. If it were up to us, we would like to see a lot more time with Turnip Boy after our experiences with the cheerful Flora Veggievilles. It took us about three hours for one run and then we were left empty-handed. Endgame content does exist, but it is only about finding the missing items with references to missed items and thus completing your own collection.

BUT – and it’s a big one – the developers have announced that they will soon be releasing a free update with a replayable dungeon that should work on the rogue-lite principle. We can also look forward to a new, separate storyline and other items. I like to hear that.

Is Turnip Boy a sugar beet?  After all, he's just plain cute! & Nbsp; & nbsp;

Is Turnip Boy a sugar beet? After all, he’s just plain cute!

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The drawing style is pleasantly pixelated and brings a certain retro feeling with it. The minimalist design with rich colors creates a joy of looking, which is only reinforced by the undeniable cuteness of our main character. By the way, we can also equip the good Turnip Boy with different collectible hats, which is a cool little detail.

Particularly noteworthy is the game’s soundtrack. From happy 8-bit music to hard beats to relaxed LoFi hip-hop, everything you could want is included. From the beginning and right through to the credits, there is an urge to bob your head rhythmically. Each area has its own background music and that also fills the world with a lot of liveliness.

A small point of criticism must be noted at this point. We used the switch version during testing and we noticed the assignment of the buttons as unpleasant. Usually, the action button on Nintendo consoles is known to be the A button. In this case, however, the decision was made to use the B button for incomprehensible reasons. The fun of the game is not impaired by this, but this decision is incomprehensible. Fortunately, the button layout can be changed in the switch’s system settings.

Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion is an indie adventure that should quickly cast its spell on gamers with its humorous charm. The clear reference to the Legend of Zelda series is unmistakable and successfully implemented. If you have an afternoon to plan for in the near future and would like to use a good mood guarantee for it, Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion is well advised. And even if the game does not appeal to you, it is advisable to still listen to the great soundtrack on YouTube.

Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion (PC)

Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion (NSW)

Good sense of humor
Toller Soundtrack
Appealing look
Living world
Short playing time
Gone away story potential

Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion puts you in a good mood immediately and is definitely worth it.

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