No one likes paying taxes. Unfortunately, it’s something we all have to do and wilfully committing tax evasion is not something we would ever encourage anyone to do. Isn’t it wonderful, then, that you can evade as much tax as you like in Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion, an action-RPG from developer Snoozy Kazoo. It may well be one of the cutest games you play all year, but it’s also one of the strongest examples of the genre in recent times.
Taking clear inspiration from classic Legend of Zelda titles, you take on the role of the eponymous Turnip Boy, who must undertake a various quests in order to pay off his massive debt to Mayor Onion. From this point on, the whole ‘tax evasion’ aspect of the narrative mostly takes a backseat in terms of gameplay, with the quests themselves resembling more classic RPG tropes; i.e. go here, collect this super-important item, bring it back. You gain a number of new items and abilities as you roam the land, and in the main these are utilised remarkably well.
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