The classic collect-a-thon isn't dead if we won't let it be, and Tinykin shows how that prompts exploration of huge areas
Who said that large-scale collect-a-thon titles were necessarily dead? OK, so that opening may give a bad impression of how I feel about Tinykin given the baggage that designation was able to earn at its lowest point, but in this case on the whole I think it’s works to the game’s advantage. The key thing to know here is the sense of scale in the massive areas you’ll be exploring every nook and cranny in. You see, you’re just a wee little guy who (deliberately trying not to convey anything about the story) is trying to find the components needed to ultimately work on getting back home, and while the main items in every area are crucial to your success, the joy in the game is really about discovery and finding everything it has to offer as you meander your way to your goals… making it a fine choice for gamers who are looking more to unwind than get wound up. Oh, and aside from the more traditional 3D platforming adventuring aspects, did I forget to mention that the game includes a side of Pikmin-esque fun to the mix as well? Their seeds(?) are peppered all about, and if you don’t at least pan your camera around quite often as you explore you’re likely to miss them. The result is a really terrific excuse to take the time to be very thorough as you go, being sure to account for any pockets of these staggeringly-large rooms that you may need to work a bit harder to get into. One thing to note is that because of the scale of the spaces you’ll probably want to set aside a fair chunk of time to tackle them, or at least make sure not to space out your sessions too much, since I could see where it would be quite easy to lose track of where you’ve gone or where you may need to return to. Taking it all in, for me there’s just a great and compelling mix of exploration, discovery, and some cute and silly Pikmin-like moments due to the wild scale that Tinykin delivers in a way that feels fresh and even a bit relaxing… and in a crowded Switch eShop that’s something I applaud.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.4]