Explore a cute and whimsical world to save the inhabitants of the fish planets in TOHU!
Format: PC via Steam
First playthrough time: 4 hours
Cost: 14.99 USD
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TOHU is a point-and-click adventure game set in a whimsical world where the characters living on flying fish and other aquatic animals. Players take on the role of The Girl and her companion Cubis to set out in search of help when a mysterious stranger damages the sacred engine keeping their fish planet alive. To do so, they have to convince a number of odd neighbors to help them, doing everything from participating in a magic show to turning a lizard into a dragon.
The puzzles in TOHU usually focus on being presented with a single screen of interactable parts and trying to determine what interactions will yield results. There are some puzzles that require finding hints elsewhere or finding a key item, but most focus on the player’s ability to figure out what needs to be done. A fair number of puzzles do require a decent reaction time, and a small reaction time puzzle is required to unlock the hint sheet for each area.
One thing I found a little troublesome was how often it was unclear what the player could interact with. This was particularly annoying in one section with a guard where failing to identify the task and execute it with quick reaction time would force the player to have to start over. Interactable locations to jump up or climb down terrain were also finicky and often not in the spot I expected.
Overall, I found TOHU to be a cute and whimsical point-and-click adventure game. The puzzles were interesting and of good difficulty. I did have some issues with interacting with objects, particularly what could be interacted with and where to find the interaction zones to climb objects. I recommend TOHU to players attracted to its world and character design, that are looking for more freeform puzzles.