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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Tunic (2022) is an action-adventure game where you play a small fox who wakes with no memory of where he is. You push through trees, pick up weapons and learn new moves to discover an expanse of forests, caves and landscapes. You can do anything from the moment you start, but it takes time (and the cryptic game manual pages you find as you play) to discover your abilities, upgrade and the secret language of the world.

Play involves exploration and puzzle solving along with challenging encounters with enemies. You must develop the skills and resources to beat them and progress. You choose your own way forward and decide how and when to take on new areas and enemies. Many routes and secrets are hidden in plain sight for the more inquisitive player.

Cryptic runes and flashbacks hint at your memory of the place, but it remains unfamiliar. Then there are those pages of the manual you find, packed full not only of tips but other hints at what is going on. It's the intrigue as much as the challenge that calls you forward.

With hand-drawn style visuals and an eerie soundscape, Tunic tells a story about overcoming loneliness. As a stranger in a strange land, you push on to discover if you are the only one here. Venture too far too soon and it becomes clear that this is not a world inviting your presence. There are terrible things out there, and this tiny fox is going to dig deep to find out why.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Tunic 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 5 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Adventure game with Brain Game, Fighting, Puzzle, Role-Play and Simulation elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 8 hours and 14 hours to complete. It takes much longer to see everything in the game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for pictures or sounds likely to be scary to young children and mild violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures. This game features mild violence between fantasy characters. Damage is indicated on a health bar, without visible injuries or blood effects. Enemies flash when hit and disappear in a puff of smoke when defeated. The player's character faints and falls to the ground when defeated, before respawning at a checkpoint. There are occasional scary scenes, including a giant skeleton which pops up from the dark, and pitch-black areas filled with hidden enemies. There is also a scene in which the 'shades' of creatures are seen trapped in boxes, crying out.

Although the game is cartoon in style, there are ferocious monsters and colossal beasts who attack and the screen glows red when you are almost dead.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Young children can turn on the no-fail mode to play the game. Older children who like a challenge may also enjoy this.

CostsCosts

Tunic usually costs £24.99 to £25.19.
 

Tunic

XBox Store Xbox X|S £24.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store Xbox One £24.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

PlayStation Store PS5 £24.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £24.99
Steam Store PC £24.99
Switch Store Switch £25.19
Steam Store Mac £24.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 16/03/2022, updated in 2023

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure (Brain Game, Fighting, Puzzle, Role-Play and Simulation)

Accessibility: 25 features

Components: 3D Third-Person and Hand-Made

Developer: Finji Co (@FinjiCo)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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