Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S
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The easiest way to describe Tiny Games is like Pandora or Songza, but for games. The app is built for players to describe their current situation, and from there Tiny Games creates a game that can be played in that situation. With a cheeky sense of humor and hundreds of games to choose from, Tiny Games is a really neat way to find new ways to play.
Here's how to use Tiny Games: pick a situation, answer a question or two, and then pick the automatically-generated response or cycle to an alternative option. While the only initial option available is for games at home - which includes games for 1-5+ players in the "lounge," "kitchen," or "bedroom" subcategories - paying a little extra (up to $5.99) unlocks games that can be played at bars, in the car, or even at work.
Practically everything about the way Tiny Games selects games works perfectly, and part of that is because they take full advantage of the context in which players are playing. To clarify, none of these games are really video games, but rather games that players can set up and play using their environment. For example, there is a game for the sales-oriented work environment that asks players to pretend that all red-clad customers are "bombs" which must be passed on to fellow coworkers to score points. While not all of the first picks for games in Tiny Games are always perfect, it is easy enough to cycle through to another game, making coming up with something to do a breeze.
On top of all this, the games in Tiny Games are really fun. Even solo games, like the one that asks players to lie down in places of their home that they haven't before, are made more fun with chuckle-worthy titles like "Horizontal Pioneer" and instructions that demonstrate the creators are in on the joke of how absurd the prospect of lying down a bunch of times in new places actually is as a game. Everything about the app is designed around fun and play, which makes actually playing the games all the more fun.
Simply put, Tiny Games is exactly what it says it is - a bunch of very small game experiences. It excels in creating glee for those willing to take a few minutes to do something silly, or create a competition out of an otherwise mundane activity. Ultimately, Tiny Games is a refreshing change of game experiences in the mobile space, as well as one that is memorable, charming, and - most of all - fun.