The Touryst is an action-adventure puzzle game developed and published by Shin’en Multimedia. You are on holiday and arrive at a place called Monument Island. It’s all about exploring, puzzle solving and having a mighty fine good time!
You are placed into this world without any background story and take control of a tourist with a great shirt and a fantastic moustache. You have to explore to gain access to mysterious monuments on different islands.
There isn’t much hand holding here – you have to figure out where you need to go and this really is a great thing about the game. The first island is small and you won’t need any help solving the first area, which is a perfect introduction. The first monument acts as the main hub area and a mysterious old man tasks you with finding four power cores at different monuments, each on a different island.
Within each monument is where the main puzzles happen. A few puzzles have some frustrating platforming and some rooms have some great tricks to complete them. For example, one room requires you to block water from shooting up in five different areas, but a stone snake is moving around the room unblocking the water. After a while I figured out if you stand in a certain area the snake stops moving and you can throw stone blocks to block the water allowing you to progress. It’s all about trial and error.
You can speak to several people during your journey and they can give you many different quests to complete. These get added to your to-do list which you can access in the pause menu. You have to complete these quests to earn money, enabling you to buy new abilities and access to new areas through purchasing Travel Guides. Some quests don’t need to be done to complete the game, but you actually finding yourself wanting to do them to see what these islands have to offer.
Throughout your adventure you can pick up new abilities to help you complete certain areas like sprint and double jump. You will find yourself backtracking between islands as you may need an item located elsewhere to gain access to certain areas or complete a quest.
This game loves to remind you that you are on holiday, so you can take part in vacation activities such as going to a beach party and surfing. There is also a classic little arcade area where you can play three 80’s inspired arcade games (a game within a game) which is a nice touch as it’s always fun to game whilst on holiday!
In regards to the graphics, I found the art style brilliant. The cute cube-like graphics reminds me of a Lego game, but without picking up bricks and smashing things to pieces. It not a very long game, but it still was fun to play.
It’s a very quiet game. A few areas have music (like the beach party) but even though there isn’t much glaring audio, it’s atmospheric and it actually works. I kind of like the calming feel.
The Touryst was a joy to play. It’s fun, calming, and simple. The puzzles can sometimes be tough to figure out, but it is satisfying when you solve it. It’s not long at about 5-7 hours to complete and it’s currently on Gamepass, so if you’re a subscriber give it a go!
This game was tested and reviewed on Xbox. All of the opinions and insights here are subject to that version. Game provided by the publisher.Want to keep up to date with the latest Xt reviews, Xt opinions and Xt content? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.