It’s been awhile since I’ve had a game that I can sit down with that is fun but doesn’t feel mindless, and let’s me introduce my kids to a type of game that I used to love but haven’t seen in a long time. For that, Tohu is the perfect game. Developed by Fireart Games, Tohu is a point and click adventure with a delightfully weird and charming art style and setting. Taking place on several “fish Planets”, you play as a little girl in need of fixing a big machine.
You’ll go from planet to planet searching for just the right tools to get the job done, solving a series of puzzles along the way. You’ll mostly be playing as the aforementioned little girl, but when a bit of extra muscle is required to solve a puzzle the player can simply change into her companion, a large robot, and continue on with the solution. For the most part, the dream team of a six and eight year old and a (young) thirty-seven year old did fairly well solving the puzzles.
A good portion of the puzzle solving seemed like trial and error or general curiosity was the correct path forward. You’d be surprised how far “ooooooo what’s that thing over there?” will get you. When we did get stuck, Tohu offers a really robust hint system that will give you a step by step guide on what do next. You also have a backpack for holding items you pick up in the world that you’ll need to solve puzzles, as well as a notebook for current tasks and space to catalogue the various wildlife on each planet.
Playing on the PlayStation 4, the controls felt adequate. The score was subtle but beautiful and added more character to the world Fireart built. With each loading screen a small message on how headphones were preferred and the nature of the point and click lead me to believe the game would really shine had we played it on the Switch, although I’m not sure if it supports touch screen on that platform, it should if it doesn’t.
The art style carries this game a ton, you can tell that even though the worlds are cohesive that the art department really had a blast designing all of the creatures and characters. Tohu clearly serves as an entry point for a younger generation to get into point and click adventures and, in it’s relatively short playtime, does so tremendously. It won’t please long time fans of the genre nor does it have to because it hooked a younger generation. Tohu is available now on all major platforms and IOS.
From the mouth of babes
” I thought it was a very cute puzzle game. I really liked it and I’m not usually good with puzzles but I was good with this one and I’d play another one.” Kiddo 1- Age 8
“I liked the puzzle mirror the best and the little guys with the mustaches, they were cute” Kiddo 2 – Age 6