One of the biggest little games shown during Microsoft’s E3 2018 conference caught me by total surprise. It’s called Tunic, a beautiful isometric action-adventure starring a cute fox as it ventures through a blocky, fantasy open-world full of mystery and secrets.
I was able to get my hands on a brief portion of Tunic — previously known as Secret Legend — and I can confirm it’s cute as heck, with an excellent atmosphere of exploration and discovery. But it’s also not just a really, really pretty adventure. There’s a current of difficulty and danger that runs below the surface.
When I spoke to Andrew Shouldice, the mostly one-man developer — who outsourced some of the game’s excellent sound design — of Tunic, he was very clear that Tunic is more than just a cute-fox simulator.