So as promised I’ve been playing the game and have new things to show you. If you like HOG and puzzle games and have a smartphone or tablet capable of running Tiny Bang Story, read on to see our take on this fun little game…
Tiny Planet is a gorgeous steampunk inspired world sadly devastated by a recent asteroid strike. Your mission is to help rebuild this beautiful idyll and restore it to its former glory. To do so you’ll need to hunt hidden objects, solve puzzles and conquer devilish brain teasers.
You have five chapters to prove yourself as a master puzzle solver and object finder. Along these chapters you will have to find puzzle pieces and hundreds of other objects to complete goals that will lead you to yet another brain teaser.
Once you start playing the game sucks you in and you will find yourself looking for the tiniest hidden objects you can think of.
As you go through the game finding lots of hidden objects you will have to solve puzzles in order to gain access to other areas and other quests for hidden objects.
These brain teasers are a great way to distract you from your all out object quest, making it easier to concentrate on finding the objects, after you solve the brain teasers.
In terms of types of brains teasers you will find the typical ones. Below are pictures of some of what you will find through the game.
The landscape of the different chapters is beautifully made and obliges you to look very closely in order to find the objects needed, especially the puzzle pieces. In my opinion this is a great example of a well-made landscape in order to make the game a tad more difficult, otherwise some players would just find too easy to even bother playing it.
When it comes to music and sound effects HeroCraft hit the mark again. The music soothes you enough so you can relax an simply enjoy the game as you play. Other games of the same genre have horrid soundtracks that distract your focus and you end up immediately turning the sound off, this is purely not the case and you will enjoy hearing the music and the several sound effects you will come across through the different chapters.
Interface and Hint System
As I’ve said before the interface is very clean, you have the pause button on the top left of the screen and the Visual and Hint buttons on the top right.
Besides that you will only find the objects in your possession on the right side of the screen when you tap on it.
In full honesty I found it a little hard to hit the buttons on the top right screen in my ZTE’s 4.3 inch screen (but I might not have the touchscreen calibrated properly and the corners of the screen have always been an issue in this phone).
If you find yourself squinting a lot in order to find some objects don’t forget you have the ability to zoom in and out on every scene with pinch and zoom. This is a great feature to have in this type of game for smartphones and will help bring more players into the game avoiding that common problem “the screen is to small and I can’t see the items properly”. Beware, though, the pinch to zoom only works when you are not in a brain teaser (that would be cheating).
The hint system is very well thought of and will discourage you of using it just because you don’t feel like looking around for an item. The hint button is empty, and in order to gain access to a hint you will have to hit about 20 mosquitoes. Although this sounds fun at first, and the sound effect you hear after you hit them is quite funny, you will find hitting objects this small with your large thumbs will be arduous work and thus learn to not squander any hint you have.
Another thing that discourages the use of hints is the fact that you never know what kind of hint you will get. For example if you are looking for a Ball that you just can’t seem to fin anywhere in the various sceneries and still have not found all the puzzle pieces in that level you will most likely use a hint and it will show you a puzzle piece that happened to be in that scenery. After that you will have to start hitting mosquitoes all over again…
Well this being a smartphone/tablet game there’s not much more that you can use other than your fingers. This made the game more challenging to me when it came to hit mosquitoes for example. It was very hard to hit them even when they were standing still, when they were moving it was total disaster. I ended up changing scenery again and again when trying to hit them.
In this instance it didn’t bother me much as it made me not turn to hints as often as I would in a PC HOG just out of laziness. There was another instance though where it bothered me because it made me repeat the brain teaser 3/4 times.
This was the level 3 teaser, in the picture below, you may notice the left and right buttons are too close to each other, and that made me crash the spaceship over and over when pressing right and it went left or vice-versa. I think this will only affect smartphone players whose big thumbs will make this kind of teaser more challenging, everyone playing in a tablet will not have this issue because the buttons will definitely be bigger.
Battery Life and Game Longevity
As I’ve said before this is not one of those simple games that you start to play and after 30 min your battery is dead. This game accomplishes a lot when it comes to battery consumption as it has great graphics and it doesn’t drain much battery, I’ve played for two hours straight and still had half charge (this with Wi-Fi and data connection turned on).
I think this game will be too short for some players (including myself), I must admit I was expecting more than these five chapters. Maybe longer chapters or more chapters. Having said that I would’ve also enjoyed a story that was more engaging. The only connection you have to any kind of story in this game is the initial video that shows you an asteroid hitting the planet.
I understand the goal of this game was to not have any text in order to make it more challenging for regular players, but a little more depth in the story would have been very appreciated.
- In game graphics
- Steampunk like environment
- Music and sound effects
- Entertaining brain teasers
- Too short for regular HOG players
- Little depth of the game story
- Some brain teasers have little buttons too close for smartphone users with big thumbs.
Again if you like solving puzzles and like hidden object games this will be a very nice addition to your collection.
I really enjoyed playing it and loved that it was not another all out hint giving, solution showing game like the ones I have been seeing coming to the playstore. Do not be fooled, this game makes you think in order to complete the multiple brain teasers across the chapters. If you do not like the games that don’t explicitly say what you have to do this game is not for you, and you will be better of going to the playstore and looking for another one.
Thanks HeroCraft and Colibri Games for bringing another great game to the Android platform.
PS: Although some screenshots show graphic faults they do not apper in the game, this is purely a problem with the screenshot app I’m using
Review by: Cátia Sofia @ AndroidEmotions