A charming mix of story beats and generally smart puzzles help to make this easy to appreciate… once you get going
It’s always neat to play games that have a sort of magical (and perhaps almost Christmas time-y) vibe to them, and if you’re a fan of that style Tin Hearts should be right up your alley. Your job will be to get a certain number of tin soldiers to an exit, initially simply using blocks to help guide them on their way, but as the game progresses using more creative and fun means. Now, I will note that I really had a rocky start with the game in terms of being clear on how things worked. It does try to introduce just a concept at a time initially to help be more accessible, but I really didn’t catch on to how blocks had to be placed on specific spots and you needed to pay attention to the orientation of a cutout in them to know what direction it will go in. Since I wasn’t clear on that the first few stages played out more like trial and error, which was aggravating, until I was able to better zoom in and see everything that I was misunderstanding. From there everything pretty well clicked, making for a generally family-friendly experience with a pretty touching story that evolves as you go to boot.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.2]