Tortoise Island is a beautiful and poignant little narrative experience where an old tortoise departs his knowledge to a young man who ends up shipwrecked on a desert island.
In Tortoise Island you take control of a young man who finds himself shipwrecked on an island with only a tortoise for company. The tortoise has been there all his life (tortoises can’t swim) and you’re not the first person that’s washed up on the island. He’s lived a long time and has seen many companions come and go. He’ll be on the island long after you’re gone but he’s happy to have you for company, even for a short while (for him). As you slowly walk around the island with him time passes, objects wash up on the shore and the tortoise chats about them and his life on the island.
The gameplay in Tortoise Island is limited to pressing the A button to move left and the spacebar to interact with items that wash up on the shore, but the way the narrative plays out during its 15 minute playtime is wonderful. It’s a heartfelt experience as you spend a lifetime walking around the beautiful low poly island chatting to your tortoise friend. He’s lived an interesting life considering he’s spent the entirety of it on a tiny desert island and you’re glad to be his companion for as long as you physically can.