Parents' Guide to

Tunic

By Joey Thurmond, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Cute quest with captivating exploration and clever puzzles.

The cover art for Tunic, featuring the fox protagonist raising a sword to the sky.

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Dark Souls difficulty. Family Friendly imagery.

TUNIC is what I would say is perfectly described as baby's first “soulslike”. A “soulslike” or “souls borne” game is usually described as similar in mechanics to Dark Souls, Elden Ring, or Bloodborne. However, don't let the comparison turn you away. This game is a soulslike without the extremely intense scary imagery that a standard soulslike would typically include. The art style is extremely similar to games like Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (the remake, of course). There's no blood and gore. The only similarity to something like Dark Souls is how the game is controlled. Dodge rolling, hold to heal, stamina based attacks and movement, and mana based magic are the biggest similarities to the game. The difficulty curve is also where it can get you. This game is difficult. Even as an adult, I struggled with this game. If your child gets easily frustrated, it might be best to stick to something a little easier. In short, if you want to introduce your child to the soulslike genre, or even simply give them a challenge, without exposing them to the nightmare inducing creatures of the From Software games, this is perfect.

Is It Any Good?

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This action-adventure title is built off classic design features, but it has the brilliance to become one itself. In Tunic, you play as a small fox who primarily uses a sword against fantasy monsters and animals. Other equipment like magic wands and ice bombs can be cast to strike enemies at a distance, but if they're about to hit you, dodging and blocking are crucial to avoid damage. A limited amount of potions can be consumed to recover, and dodging must be managed carefully to avoid depleting stamina, which can momentarily make you slow and vulnerable. With its smooth and simple combat, Tunic is proudly influenced by Dark Souls, especially with a few big bosses that are exciting, rewarding challenges. Still, the difficulty is approachable and the tone friendly, making Tunic a perfect starting point for kids who aren't ready for that popular and violent dark fantasy franchise.

Tunic doesn't hold your hand, allowing your curiosity to lead you with minimal guidance. Sometimes your next objectives can only be uncovered while exploring a new area or stumbling across hidden paths and rooms. It's satisfying when you solve clever puzzles and see how those solutions can be applied to other mysteries. Even new mechanics are unveiled later on that teach you how to harness a weapon or item in ways that weren't evident before. Most of these discoveries are prompted cleverly through an in-game instruction manual with pages scattered across the world. This manual is written in a fictional language, yet contains pictures and notes to be studied and referenced frequently for help with how to play, along with lore, maps, and clues to analyze. With a catchy, ambient soundtrack and colorful, cute graphics bringing this rich world to life, Tunic provides a thrilling sense of discovery from beginning to end. It masterfully blends its inspirations while distinguishing itself with phenomenal level design and gameplay that will captivate players both young and old.

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