I remember hearing a lot about Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion when it was released in 2021, but I didn’t have a clear understanding of what the game was all about. All I knew was that the title the made it amazing, and some of my friends said they loved it.
Imagine my surprise then, when I discovered that:
A) Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion snuck on mobile at some point, and
B) That it’s an action-adventure game worthy of Zelda.
I don’t know what I expected. Maybe a text adventure or strategy game or even a puzzle? I certainly wasn’t expecting action-adventure, but luckily it’s still a fun game. Turnip Boy may or may not be on the list of best adventure games for Android, but there’s a lot to love about this charming and fun game.
Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion setup is you have already been caught Dodging Your Taxes by Mayor Onion. As punishment, Mayor Onion repossesses Turnip Boy’s greenhouse as government property and forces him to serve as the mayor’s assistant and gofer.
The things Mayor Onion asks you to pick up are all a bit strange, and he keeps muttering that everything is “going as planned.” But Turnip Boy has as many brains in his no-skull as a regular turnip, so he doesn’t question it.
You then go in search of rarities for Mayor Onion. The game plays very similarly to old Zelda games from top to bottom, so it’s a real nostalgia trip for seasoned gamers. Controlling Turnip Boy with a virtual d-pad, you hobble around the map on your puny little legs, swinging wildly with your sword off the ground even though you don’t actually have arms.
The combat isn’t new or difficult, but it has a certain simple charm. Simply stand within range of your target and press the button on your equipped item to use it. Most small enemies go down with a few hits, but bosses require a bit more strategy to take down. The fun part is using your other items, like your watering can or magic planter, to solve environmental puzzles or gain the upper hand in boss fights.
The overall experience is simple but satisfying, and the port translates very well to mobile. The real reasons to play the game lie in the characters, the soundtrack, the story, and the humorous writing. Talking to other fruits and vegetables is always a treat because you never know what hilarious nonsense they’ll spout next.
The writing is particularly good when it comes to the game’s achievements. Many achievements are collectibles, like books, flyers, or wanted posters that Turnip Boy must locate and destroy out of sheer lawless glee. A gifted copy of “FastBooks”? Tear this sucker to shreds. Your own tax account? Throw these coins to the wind. Your own wanted notice for the crime of tax evasion? Trample it into the ground.
These little bits might seem like just laughs, but some of them hold clues to the game’s story, which takes a bit of a dark turn after a certain point. Unraveling the central mystery is a key part of what makes Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion interesting, so be sure to seek out all of those collectibles. You can also do side quests to get things like extra hats for Turnip Boy, which is just delicious.
There’s not much to complain about Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion; it works perfectly on my OnePlus 9 and will probably work fine on just about any good phone, with a few exceptions. First, the game is short: it’ll probably only take a couple of hours for most players, but keep in mind that the mobile version comes with some post-game content, so you’ll want to go back and keep playing even after you beat the main story.
Secondly, and this might be a problem on my part, the game is constantly bombarding me with achievement notification. Every time I log back in, even if I’m just picking up where I left off 15 minutes ago (without closing the app), a slew of notifications will pop up at the top of the screen telling each trophy I grabbed. I don’t know if this has happened to other players, but it’s a slight annoyance that shouldn’t be there.
And the last thing that might surprise players is that Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion isn’t free. The Play Store could do a better job of clarifying this, but only the first “tier” is free to play as a demo. After beating the first boss, you encounter a literal paywall as you move on to the next area of the game.
At $4.99, Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion seems a bit pricey considering its short lifespan. It’s a well-made game and I’m happy to support the developers, but $1.99-$2.49 would have been my preferred price for a game of this length.
That being said, it’s a well-made game that’s clearly put a lot of love into it. It’s a great choice for more casual gamers looking for a good little getaway full of humor and charm.