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Tsuki's Odyssey is a mobile game developed by RapBot Studios and released for iOS and Android by HyperBeard in 2021.note  It serves as a spiritual successor (and a soft reboot) to Tsuki Adventure.

It shares a similar premise with its predecessor: a rabbit named Tsuki, having grown dissatisfied with his paper-pushing office job, abandons his life in the city and moves back to his quiet hometown of Mushroom Village, taking over his late grandfather's carrot farm. As in the first game, the player does not have direct control over what Tsuki does. Instead, the game revolves around checking in on him periodically and seeing what he gets up to on his own. The player can move Tsuki around with the world map, buy items and furniture, interact with the other residents of Mushroom Village, and enjoy hobbies like fishing.

Tsuki's Odyssey contains the following tropes:

  • Adaptational Jerkass: Most villagers get hit with this, with a notable difference from their original selves. This includes Tsuki himself, whose dialogue options in Adventure were much more emotionally neutral.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Mushroom Village is generally larger in Tsuki's Odyssey. The general store, ramen cart, teahouse, bar, and workshop that took up a single street in Adventure are now split into separate locations spread across the world map. The bar, in particular, is now fully explorable and contains a few new villagers. The villagers themselves are also far more fleshed out as characters, especially Ken and Pipi.
  • Cheerful Child: In contrast with just about everyone else in the village, Pipi is endlessly cheerful and energetic, even when she's cooped up running the second floor of her dad's shop.
  • Darker and Edgier: Odyssey features the same cutesy world of animals living together in a village as Adventure, but offers a more cynical and realistic take on their personalities. Swearing is a lot more common, for example.
  • Fantastic Racism: Well, speciesism. At one point, Moca might wonder out loud if Dawn (a beaver) would dam the river near her workshop as one of her DIY projects, then asks Tsuki if it's okay for him to say that. The thing is, she actually does think about doing it if you talk to her while she's swimming in the river.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Moca, Moca, Moca. Most of the residents of Mushroom Village tolerate him at best, and a few outright ask Tsuki how he can stand being around Moca for more than a few minutes at a time. The only person who doesn't have anything nasty to say about him is Pipi, but even she has an anecdote about him being rude to her. Judging by what he has to say about everyone else, the feeling is mutual.
  • Fishing Minigame: Tsuki can go fishing, and it serves as a decent way of making money.
  • Flavor Text: Every single item that Tsuki can carry has its own description. The first chair Tsuki can buy has the apt description, "You can sit on it."
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: Gachapon toys return as collectibles, now in larger sets that can be tracked with an app on Tsuki's phone. The diary entries in the previous game are replaced with Parsnap posts, which serve largely the same purpose, but are unnumbered and can be written by other villagers.
  • An Interior Designer Is You: At the very start of the game, Tsuki's house is robbed by Sly because Chi was sleeping during her "guard duty". Sly steals everything and leaves the thing entirely blank, forcing the player to decorate it on their own.
  • In-Universe Game Clock: The game's internal time follows the phone's clock.
  • Mr. Exposition: Chi serves as one during the tutorial. Although she complains about being forced to explain everything to Tsuki, Tsuki tries to point out that he didn't ask for help in the first place.
  • NPC Scheduling: Depending on the time, characters may be found in different places of the village.
  • Overworld Not to Scale: Tsuki can see an overworld map through his phone, which displays himself at his current location at nearly the size of a small house.
  • Pictorial Letter Substitution: In the title logo, Tsuki the rabbit takes the place of the "u", their ears suggesting the shape of the letter.
  • Relationship Values: While there is (currently) no visible friendship meter, the game does keep track of Tsuki's relationships with other villagers. According to the developers on their official Discord, the meter was removed because in Adventure, the developers felt that it restricted them from adding more dialogue to the characters.
  • The Rival: Bobo and Momo, who run the ramen cart and the teahouse respectively, are constantly feuding. It's played surprisingly realistically; the reason they're fighting (Bobo has his cart parked too close to the teahouse and makes too much noise) is rather small and easily fixed, but neither of them are even trying to settle it like adults, and the rest of the villagers feel uncomfortable with how vicious the two are getting.
  • Sensory Abuse: Downplayed, and played for laughs. Moca can eventually decide to try making electronic music, and the resulting mixtape...hoo, boy. It's not too offensive in reality, but it's far from the masterpiece Moca thinks it is. When he first gives it to you and asks you what you think, the increasingly elaborate and disgusted response options take up almost the entire screen. If you play it on the tape deck in Town Hall, Benny starts begging you to shut it off.
  • Sentai: An in-universe line of gacha toys you can collect (and presumably show), Anima Ranger, which is about cute anthropomorphic animal Rangers (what else did you expect?) fighting against invading bug aliens.
  • Shout-Out: One of the diary entries shows Moca with a content smile on his face with a burning wreckage in the background, a reference to the Disaster Girl meme.
  • Stepford Smiler: Rosemary, the flower shop owner. Her enthusiasm for raising plants is masking some severe depression. You can help her a lot by reminding her that you and the other villagers care about her, but just like in real life, you can't cure a depressed person with words alone.
    • To a lesser extent, Paige, the girl who runs the store's second floor at night. She's hit some seriously low points in her life for someone barely out of college, but she's also a steadfast optimist and genuinely likes the people of Mushroom Village.
  • Suddenly Shouting: Some characters will suddenly and loudly berate Tsuki for stuff, even if it wasn't his fault.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: As with Adventure, many characters have specific attributes to signify their gender.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: For as pessimistic as the villagers can be, if you keep interacting with them positively and building up your relationships, they will eventually start to cheer up.
  • World of Funny Animals: No humans are present in this world. Only animals are ever seen.
  • World of Jerkass: Many villagers are not the friendliest to Tsuki, with them often snarking or berating him for one thing or another. At the very least, Tsuki is given options to snark at them back.