Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion lures you in with its cute graphics and funny dialogue (Credits: Play Station Store)

Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion Conveys Narrative in a Subtle Way

Despite its light-hearted gameplay

Michelle Kwan
Crossplay
Published in
5 min readJun 2, 2024

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A while ago, I was chatting with my friend about story-focused roguelikes (my latest obsession is Hades due to my interest in Greek mythology), and she recommended I check out Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion.

She said it’s a short and funny game, but I had to experience its story. I downloaded it that night and… promptly forgot about it amidst my busy schedule. Now that I’ve finally had the chance to finish it, I’m impressed by how the game subtly conveys its narrative.

So let’s talk about it today.

About the Game

Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion is a short roguelike and puzzle game that places the player in the role of an anthropomorphic turnip against a corrupt vegetable government led by Mayor Onion.

Credit: ShackNews

Turnip Boy, the owner of his family’s greenhouse, receives a tax bill from Mayor Onion, which he promptly rips up. Mayor Onion accuses him of tax evasion and forces him to run errands as penance. By exploring the world, the player realises that the beautiful, cute facade of the…

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Michelle Kwan
Crossplay

Aspiring Narrative Designer/Game Writer + Avid Storyteller. I mostly write about games, but sometimes I go off-track and write about other things too.