In Resonant Tale you'll play as the hooded adventurer Leit, waking up on a wave-washed beach in a mysterious new land. Explore the musically inspired world, befriend its unusual inhabitants, and discover your part in restoring the world to harmony. Beyond the sights, sounds and secrets of the surface four trap laden levels await, from escaping the depths of a castle dungeon to exploring an abandoned mountaintop temple. Wielding sword, arrows and bombs, will you discover all of the world's hidden treasures and reunite the sacred bells?
Development started in March 2022 and was documented by orkn in a thread on the Playdate Developer Forum. The details of implementing several mechanics in PulpScript were discussed such as smooth player movement, the player warp animation, and stealth and randomised behaviour.
All 30+ music tracks and all sound effects in Resonant Tale were composed by Rupert Cole and prominently feature leitmotifs. The soundtrack is available to stream and purchase on Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music and all other major platforms.
The game uses the D-pad and the A and B buttons, with occasional infrequent use of the crank. Crank usage, puzzles requiring precise timing, boss battles and player damage can all be disabled from the title screen. The approach to accessibility and implementation of assist options in Pulp was discussed by developer orkn in a developer forum post.
Hints & Tips
An online hints page features general tips, frequently asked questions and a treasure map.
- The "Sacred Bell" tackle in Reel-istic Fishing is a reference to the sacred bells in Resonant Tale
- Some early tracks from the OST are featured in NOW That's What I Call Pulp!
- "A sacred bell. It resonates with tales of far off lands." - Reel-istic Fishing shop info