Tunic is an action adventure game where the player takes on the role of an anthropomorphic fox who is exploring a mysterious world. After waking up alone on a beach, the player must explore the environment, fight off enemies, and discover pages of a manual that provides directions on how to play the game. Players are given very little direction at the start, so exploration is how much of the game’s rules and secrets are discovered. Combat takes place in real time and if the player loses to an enemy, they will lose their currency and need to return to the location where they lost in order to retrieve it.
Scattered throughout the world map are pages for a guide that will assist the player but most of the pages are in an unknown language. Only by continuing to play the game and explore will the player be able to acquire enough information to translate the pages and uncover the mysteries of the world they find themselves in.
Working Memory: Recalling and retaining information in our minds while working.
In order to defeat the game’s many enemies and bosses, the player needs to have strong working memory skills. The enemies in the game have patterns that, once observed, can be used to deal as much damage as possible. Because the combat happens in real-time and the character has limited health and stamina, recognizing and remembering enemy attack patterns is crucial to succeeding in the game. Working Memory can also be used to recall previously inaccessible areas that can now be reached. For example, before the player obtains a sword, there are certain areas covered by bushes that cannot be reached. But when the player obtains the sword, they will need to remember all the locations they could not reach before in order to access them.
Flexibility: Trying something new.
Because so much of Tunic is based on discovery and exploration, the player needs to be willing to try new things. Even what buttons to hit to perform certain actions might not be explained in the game so something as basic as making your character run needs to be figured out. Using their flexibility skills and exploring all areas of the map will lead to more discoveries than if the player tried to move through the game with minimal exploration. Flexibility can also come in handy when fighting enemies and bosses. Because they have different abilities and styles of attack, the player needs to be able to adapt and change their guarding and attacking strategy based on the enemy they are currently up against.
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