Who would’ve thought that a turnip could get into so much trouble? After committing tax evasion in his last adventure, Turnip Boy Robs a Bank sees the titular vegetable return for another criminal outing that has a rogue-lite, twin-stick shooting twist this time around.
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Following the utterly absurd events of the first game, Turnip Boy is looking to make some cash to continue to fund his radical lifestyle. And hey, what better way to rake in the big bucks than to rob a bank? With the help of some other silly yet dastardly unlawful vegetables, you’ll pull off an array of heists at the Botanical Bank as you build up to land the ultimate score. It’s an utterly absurd premise, but it’s one that’ll keep a smile on your face when playing – especially if you appreciated the silly humour of the first game.
Turnip Boy Robs a Bank gives players a familiar rogue-lite setup, with each run seeing you spend three minutes infiltrating the bank, trying to grab as much cash as you can, blasting away at enemies with your weapons, and then escaping to safety. The cash you collect can then be spent to unlock upgrades to make your next run go a bit smoother, whether that’s by improving your stats, buying new equipment and weaponry, increasing the time you can spend robbing the bank, or applying special buffs to give yourself a helpful boost during each heist. Weapons you find across runs can be upgraded or sold as you progress too, so there are plenty of ways to customise your loadout to ensure you’re well prepared for those deeper runs through the bank. And if you die? You’ll lose half of your cash and any of the valuable treasures you’d have gathered on that run.
“The short time you spend on each run makes it perfect for quick blasts here and there, whilst the swiftness that you open up new areas makes it feel like your efforts are continually being rewarded.”
The twin-stick shooting approach makes it easy for just about anyone to feel comfortable with Turnip Boy Robs a Bank from the get-go, whilst the wild selection of ranged and melee weaponry offer plenty of creativity when taking enemies out. It’s very fast paced and manic, but in a manageable way that ensures the over-the-top action is a lot of fun. Admittedly, it can feel a little bit easy in places, but the pace of progress ensures you’ll be kept satisfied even when there is little threat to your success. But hey, the boss fights offer a much sterner test that’ll ensure your skills (and loadout) are tested, so it’s not always smooth sailing – especially in the latter parts of the game.
Whilst I wouldn’t say that Turnip Boy Robs a Bank offers a particularly original experience from a gameplay perspective, I still found playing it incredibly endearing. The short time you spend on each run makes it perfect for quick blasts here and there, whilst the swiftness that you open up new areas makes it feel like your efforts are continually being rewarded. The random nature of the bank adds to the unpredictability too – whilst it always has the same layout when you enter, the elevator you use takes you to a variety of random areas that bring with them their own elements of unusual storytelling, boosts for your run, or tricky challenges to overcome. There are even side quests to complete to earn some additional bonuses, so there’s *always* something extra to do during one of your bank-robbing exploits. You’ll probably be done with the game in around five hours so it’s not an especially long experience, but those five hours bring with them plenty of vegetable-themed excitement that ensure you’ll be hooked into the action.
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Visually, Turnip Boy Robs a Bank looks pretty much exactly the same as the previous game, so if you enjoyed the quirky yet simply pixel art from last time around, you’ll be happy with what you see. Admittedly, the bank location doesn’t have the same cutesy charm of the locales you would have explored in Turnip Boy’s last outing, but it still brings with it plenty of detail to ensure it stands out. It looks EXACTLY how you’d expect a bank to look… well… if it was run by vegetables, I suppose. It’s all very nice though and full of personality, with the character designs once again standing out as a highlight.
Turnip Boy Robs a Bank Review
Turnip Boy Robs a Bank isn’t too original from a gameplay perspective, but the manic action and quirky setup ensures players will have a good time pulling off their veggie-themed heists. There’s a fast and rewarding sense of progress to the game that keeps you pushing forward through the bank and unlocking new goodies to play around with, whilst the core gameplay loop offers plenty of fun as you hack and blast away at any enemies in your path to pull in some cash. And sure, it could be a bit easy in places (with exception to a few later sections), but the exciting loop of each run ensures it doesn’t hold the game back.
It keeps things simple and doesn’t have too many fresh ideas, but there’s a lot of fun to be had committing unlawful acts with everybody’s favourite turnip in Turnip Boy Robs a Bank.
Developer: Snoozy Kazoo
Publisher: Graffiti Games
Platform(s): PC (Reviewed), Xbox One, Nintendo Switch