2019 has been quite a varied year for video games. The AAA scene has been a bit muted compared to last year. It almost should’ve been expected. How could you compare to last year’s God Of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man and Red Dead Redemption II to name a few? There have however been some great entries to the indie scene of this year. The Touryst, an action-adventure game that quietly dropped this past week, is a testament to that.
The Touryst sees you play as a cute, bearded up traveller exploring a variety of islands. As the game’s name suggests, you’re essentially a tourist. It starts without hesitation, you’re thrust onto Touryst Island, thanks to a friendly seamen, and left to discover. There’s no cutscene or prior exposition to explain why you’re there or what your journey may be. You’re soon exploring the gorgeously coloured and voxel art style island.
In exploration you’ll stumble upon an ancient structure known as a ‘monument.’ Get inside and you’ll now be in what is essentially a dungeon. An older, seasoned tourist greets you in here and you soon learn there’s a secret underneath Touryst Island. All that’s stopping you is four plated areas that require monument cores. The old man is eager to help you as he too wants to learn the island’s secret. You’re given a travel guide which you can turn in to your regularly stationed seamate and henceforth be able to journey to a new island. Our hero now has their mission: Travel between these lush islands and find those monument cores!