Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad
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The Tiny Bang Story HD is an interesting, point and click style puzzle game set in a beautiful hand-drawn world. Although the interface is easy to use, the player will need their wits about them to solve some of the abstract puzzles.
The game starts with a meteor smashing into the idyllic Tiny Planet. Rather than being wiped out, the planet breaks up into dozens of puzzle pieces, which scatter. It’s down to the player to solve a number of puzzles and get Tiny Planet back up and running.
The Tiny Bang Story HD is a wonderfully serene experience. With no dialogue in the game whatsoever, the player is left to their own devices to explore areas and figure out how to progress to the next level. Each level has a main goal, but to succeed the player has to complete a number of mini-games which can range from finding puzzle pieces that are cleverly hidden, to fixing a train which then transports the player to a new location.
These mini-games are all linked, with the completion of one setting off an event that will cause another to appear. The satisfaction from doing this is immense, as bit by bit the player starts to see what effects their actions are causing on the world. When each level is completed the player then has to piece together a new area using puzzle pieces collected.
The Tiny Bang Story HD is a game where the player really needs to pay attention to their surroundings. Every area is full of little secrets which can be easily overlooked by simply having a quick glance around. Occasionally this can lead to frustration when all the player needs to proceed is a single item, but it’s tucked away somewhere obscure.
The hand drawn graphics really shine on the iPad’s big screen, giving Tiny Planet a healthy dose of character. The controls are simple, never really demanding much more than tapping the screen, or dragging and dropping items. The interface is also clutter-free; with only a few icons on display showing the player what they need to be collecting.
The Tiny Bang Story HD is a charming, engaging puzzle game that is as good to play as it is to look at. Once it’s done there is very little reason to return, but the initial play through is a most enjoyable experience.
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