THE TINY BANG STORY

by COLIBRI  GAMES; BIGFISH GAMES

Jud’s Game Rating:

Graphics ***** Player participation (PP) ***** Satisfaction Factor (SF) *****

Frustration Factor (FF) ** Fair Play (FP) *** Tedium Factor (TF) *

GREAT FOR MAC!

When an asteroid hits the fragile world of Tiny Planet, it breaks into pieces! Save the population of Tiny Planet in The Tiny Bang Story, a fun Hidden Object Adventure game. Explore different locations and solve numerous puzzles to fix the important machines needed to repair Tiny Planet. Dive into adventure and save the day in this exciting game. (BigFish Sales Blurb)

This is a terrific game and great family fun.  The Graphic Artwork is SciFi, imaginative, colourful and fantastic – a cute little planet floating in deep space locations,  with weird buildings, and odd-ball machines.  The Options are very basic, and there is only one playing mode.  However, this game does not open properly for PC – it seems to, but then you realise that you cannot access items you can see as you scroll up or down from level to level (literally).  Then it sinks in that the footage is a little deep for the screen!  And you finally reach a point in the game where you cannot go on without the missing Items.

Feeling really disappointed and wanting to keep playing it, I tried it on my Mac.  It downloaded fine, opened no problems, and was immediately apparent that I had ALL the footage on the screen – I had kept my PC open to compare them.  I was immediately able to access the missing Item, so bought the Mac version of the game, and played to the end.

Basically, as a result of the collision between an orbiting soccer ball and the Sun , this Tiny World shatters into jigsaw pieces, which you have to collect in each chapter, then assemble at the end in order to move into the newly exposed location.  It’s very clever.  The whole concept is cool – the Items are fairly well hidden yet accessible, in the open and some hidden in sites you open within the main scene.  Tip: For the very sneakily hidden last train wheel look on the train plan!  When you click on a hotspot a bubble pops out from right of screen to tell you what you need to find to fix it, and how many you  need to collect.  This remains visible so you know how you are progressing.  You end up with  line of bubbles at times as you search for multiple Items.

The game could use a little more Help, and could definitely use a SKIP button.  A few of the Puzzles, like the ‘Ship Invaders’ mini-game, are very painful and need dexterity – so most kids will manage fine, but it’s difficult for the less able.  Tip:  Go Anti-Clockwise with compass wheels.  And for Hints, you get one at a time, then recharge it yourself by clicking lot of blue flying bugs until the red one top right turns blue and the Hint ‘?’ appears.  Tip: Use the Hint sparingly though, as it gets a bit tedious chasing insects around the screen when you really want to move on with the game.  Eventually you complete all the jigsaw puzzles and the tiny world is whole again.

The Tips I have given are to save the FF and TF for players.  Whether you take note of them or play on and find out yourselves, you will still experience heaps of SF by the end!  Highly recommended.

Jud House  19/01/2013

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