Conducting the Tune to My Escape: Baton’s Tale

Another View of Tadpole Treble

By Julie Morley


The level design for Chiptune Lagoon.

I haven’t the slightest idea of how I exactly got here but all I know is that I want to go home. Badly. I’m a tadpole, alone in the sea. I’m young and fragile! I’m need an adult! A freaking child being sent out into the sea all their lonesome without any guidance isn’t the most responsible thing, you know.

But I am stuck here all by myself somewhere in the sea that I can’t even recognize. I’d at least like to hear a song, that always calms my nerves. Now I just need to concentrate on swimming my way home and avoiding anything bad that comes. Gosh, where do I start?

tad3As I start to move around a little, a strange, upbeat tune just starts playing out of nowhere. When I halt my movement, it stops.  Wiggle my tail and give a little shake,the song starts again. That is the strangest thing. Hey, this song is kind of catchy. I sort of like it.

I wonder what it would sound like if I swam even faster. This could be a lot of fun!

Oh no, there are these rocks in the way, just floating around. I ought to avoid those. Running into one will hurt pretty bad. Besides, I really wanna hear how this song goes. I’ll attempt to swim around them. That’ll work, I’m sure of it.

tadpole1The song sounds more together the faster I swim. This is getting difficult, these rocks are starting to get really clustered together. I’m not sure how I am going to get past them. I wanna hear how this song ends!

What do I do?

There’s a flower floating in the water over there! If I flick it with my tail, I just might make it bouncy enough to give me a leap. That leap will give me a big distance advantage and maybe I can get away from those darn rocks.

Here I go! Take that! Wow! So THIS is what it looks like above the water. It’s so pretty and colorful. Oh, back down I go!

Open water, I am free. Those rocks are nowhere to be seen. But the song has ended which saddens me so. It was such a beautiful song!

Maybe if I keep swimming, I’ll hear another song. Fins crossed. If I swim through that cave up ahead, I’ll avoid a bunch of obstacles.

TAD_1What the – it’s a Turtle! Why are you looking at me so hungrily? Leave me alone!

The music has returned and it sounds even better than before. If I just follow the music, I’ll swim even faster and get away.

Let’s just avoid the mouth of the Turtle. More flowers! If I just smack all of them, I’ll gain enough distance ahead. Here I go again, flick!

Yes, I did it! Take that you disgusting turtle! I have better things to do than be your dinner. Home, here I come.


Another View” is a regular column from Julie Morley where she looks at crowdfunded games from a slightly different perspective.

Tabpole Treble is an upcoming musical action game from Bitfinity Games.  You can read our preview of Tadpole Treble here, and learn more about the game on its official website.

Julie Morley
Julie Morley is a freelance writer and comic artist from Spring, Texas. She attended the Academy of Art University for two years, studying Animation and Illustration. Whilst here, she learned about writing comic scripts, storyboards, and general storytelling. Since leaving college, she has been working on personal comic projects, stories, and illustrations. She aspires to release a self published comic within two years. For the majority of her life, she has been playing console games, typically being third-person shooters and sandboxes. Her favorite game of existence is Dark Cloud II (Dark Chronicle) and her favorite Indie game is Gone Home.
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