Five things to know in the new Xbox Game Pass adventure

A fox holding a sword and shield in Tunic on Xbox Game Pass.

image: Finji

for a little game tunic shows an imposing presence. Representing you as a little fox with a big heart, the isometric action-adventure romp is unrelentingly difficult. This can be frustrating at first. But if you stick with it, you’ll find yourself playing one of the most eye-catching games of the year.

I will be blunt. tunic isn’t exactly the kind of game that deserves advice. One could argue that the whole point is to slowly learn all of its many idiosyncrasies. But I think it’s like a jigsaw puzzle. Sometimes you need to look up the solution to a handful of early problems. Then, once you get the basics down, you’ll have the tools to get through the rest of the game. In this sense, tunic is similar to stumpers The witness and baby you are: Instead of showing you the ropes, it points in their direction broadly, requiring you to reach around in the shadows a bit until you find them. Here are tunic‘s ropes.

Find the sword as soon as possible

You start tunic with nothing more than a small stick. It’s practically useless as it offers so little protection that even low level slime enemies can wipe you out. However, if you can survive a little exploration, you can find a sword in the Hero’s Grave region to the east. The sword is way, way more powerful than the measly stick and can kill those pesky slimes with just a couple of hits. Once you have a sword tunic becomes much more playable.

The trick here is that you automatically keep any items you find – even if you die. They will be in your inventory once you respawn at the last non-tiny fox statue you interacted with. For the sword, since I absolutely couldn’t fight my way through Hero’s Grave with just a stick, I sprinted past all the enemies. (You can run by rolling and then keep holding the scroll button.) I picked up the sword because I knew I was surrounded and would be killed in the process. But when I came back to life, sword in hand, I went back through Hero’s Grave and made short work of all the slimes and other enemies that were temporarily making my life hell.

Then find the shield

After finding a sword you will need a shield to complete your whole zelda Cosplay ensemble, especially when you start encountering him tunic‘s absolutely insane automatic turrets. The sign is in the old house. (You can pinpoint the exact location of the Old House by opening the map, provided you’ve collected every leaf tunic‘s adorable ’80s-inspired owner’s manual.) Unfortunately, just walking in isn’t that easy. The old house is of course locked.

As a result, you cannot sprint your way to the shield like you could with the sword. Instead, you have to actually fight. There’s an envoy (a big soldier with a big soldier’s shield and a big soldier’s spear) down the stairs to the south. It’s on the key. You have two choices: defeat it or lure it to you, roll to the key, grab it and run for your life.

Your mind explodes

dying away tunic hurts but not as bad as you think. You will lose some money; you won’t lose everything. And how Hollow Knight, you can earn back all your lost coins by making your way to the place where you last died and pressing A while standing next to the little blue apparition of the little fox. Better yet, interacting with your spirit will set off a small explosion that stuns and deals minor damage to all nearby enemies. It’s not much, but if you use it at the right moment, it might just be enough to give you an edge over that pesky bunch of enemies you took down last time.

Go to the windmill

In the windmill, which is located in the central part of the overworld, you can find what comes out of it tunic‘s only store, at least in the early stages. The potion (300 coins) is a permanent upgrade and increases the total number of potions you can carry. It’s a wise investment; how Estus Bottles from Dark Soulsyour potions will be refilled every time you save at a fox statue. So the more you have, the more often you can heal yourself during a hard fight.

However, the bomb supply (100 coins) is exhausted; While the purchase is helpful for crowd management in frantic fights, it doesn’t increase your overall carrying capacity or anything like that. Just a heads up before you buy it. Without spoiling the discovery here – it’s one of the cool moments in the early game – you should at least keep some of those hard-earned coins.

The map of Tunic shows the fox standing next to a well in the overworld.

screenshot: Finji

get lost

You’ll quickly find a map that looks like a static rendition of a map from an NES-era instruction manual. Look closely and you will see a small fox icon on the map indicating your position. But it’s arguably more pleasant to explore tunic‘s world without the guidelines.

Look behind every waterfall. (There’s always something behind the waterfall.) Examine each hedge. (There’s often a gap that leads to some sort of secret path.) Look for sloping walls. (You can scale them to find straight more secret ways.) tunic is one of those games where not a pixel is out of place. If it seems like you’re lost, you’re not. As with everything else about this sometimes annoying but always rewarding gem of a game, all you need is a little patience. Five things to know in the new Xbox Game Pass adventure

Curtis Crabtree

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