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Tala is a gorgeous 2D mix of nature and animation

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Tala's mentor, the Town Guardian, is stranded in the woods, and she's on a quest to rescue him. Speaking selfishly, I hope she doesn't find her mentor for a while, because I don't want to stop looking at the beautiful world of Tala, a cute 2D game by The Garden Well.  

The game's official site (opens in new tab) pegs it as a combination of traditional animation and nature photography. But it's not just nature photography. It's macro nature photography, which is infinitely better. Tala's simple, hatchy animation (that's Tala the game, not Tala the character, though I'm sure Tala can animate just fine) is a perfect match for the colorful, detailed backgrounds.  

It's all visuals, all the time, too. There's no spoken or written dialogue in Tala, just more pictures to drink in. And I can't wait to drink them in when Tala eventually releases—though even The Garden Well isn't sure when that'll be.  

Austin Wood
Austin Wood

Austin freelanced for PC Gamer, Eurogamer, IGN, Sports Illustrated, and more while finishing his journalism degree, and has been a full-time writer at PC Gamer's sister publication GamesRadar+ since 2019. They've yet to realize that his position as a staff writer is just a cover-up for his career-spanning Destiny column, and he's kept the ruse going with a focus on news, the occasional feature, and as much Genshin Impact as he can get away with.