Tsioque (pronounced /tsɪɒk/) is an animated adventure game inspired by classic 80s and 90s point and click titles. Craftily mixing influences of games like Day of the Tentacle, Dragon’s Lair or Humongous Games’ Pajama Sam, it offers its own, original narrative experience, which can be described as both dark and adorable.
We take the role of a young princess Tsioque, imprisoned in a castle ruled by the Evil Wizard. At first glance, with her blond hair and big blue eyes, she may seem like your typical princess, but she’s anything but typical. She doesn’t wait for Prince Charming to rescue her – she rescues herself, using her wits, stubbornness, and an unusual talent for bringing unintended chaos and destruction wherever she goes.
From here unfolds a clever story full of unexpected events, some good laughs, and oldschool charm. As the developers assure, “if you think it’s just about a girl in a castle – you’re in for a surprise”.
Owing its look to the lovingly handcrafted classic 2d animation, the game plays like a unique blend between animated cartoon and an adventure title. Tsioque is not just relying on its looks to interest players, however. Aside from vibrant but intuitive level design, possibility of in-game “death” and fully voiced dialogue, the immersion is additionally strengthened by a dynamic soundtrack that keeps up with the player’s actions.
Tsioque needs help to escape the castle, and that’s why OhNoo team started a Kickstarter campaign for the game. They’re trying to raise $35,000 before September. Backer rewards include an artbook, plushes of characters from the game, and even the chance to get your likeness in a portrait or statue in-game. You can try out a demo for yourself on the game’s official website.