Publisher Graffiti Games have announced that they will be teaming up with indie developer Snoozy Kazoo on a project which blends a charming rural setting, classic top-down adventure mechanics, and a quirky plot about paying off debts, avoiding taxes, and taking down the entire vegetable government.
Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion is a game that promises to provide “exactly what it says on the tin.” Players take on the role of Turnip Boy, a farmer living in an agricultural community populated by other unique food-based characters. With the help of the plants he nurtures and harvests, Turnip Boy can explore the world, take down vicious beasts, pay off his debt to Mayor Onion, and possibly even topple the very structure of society itself.
Watch the official announcement trailer here:
In these stressful times, the idea of a game that encourages you to rip up tax documents is an appealing one. Unfortunately, Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion will not be debuting until 2021, with the developers stating that it will be out “when it’s done.”
Turnip Boy was initially conceived by Snoozy Kazoo’s Yukon Wainczak during a 48-hour game development jam. The quirky, adorable game took the grand prize at the ninth annual Mass DiGi Game Challenge, which was held in February 2020.
Features of gameplay are slated to include growing and harvesting plants (including plant-based tools and weapons), fighting creatures, exploring puzzle- and treasure-filled dungeons, and collecting hats to help Turnip Boy become even more fabulous. The game will feature a branching storyline with multiple endings depending on how effectively you can evade taxes and what actions you take to undermine Mayor Onion and the government.
As a mostly writer whose annual tax-filing is an endless, frustrating process, I can’t wait for this game to release. Forget marrying princesses and conquering kingdoms – in this day and age, tax evasion is precisely the kind of power fantasy I need.