TalesTinyPlanet

Review: Tales of the Tiny Planet

Welcome to our review of a new title on Switch, exclusively sold in limited regions in Europe and not available on the eShop! This is Tales of the Tiny Planet.

Let me start by thanking D-am, my friend from Germany who got me this game as it’s not sold in my own country. It set me back 30 Euro for what was possibly going to be a title that would not live up to the cost.

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Tales of the Tiny Planet tells the story of a Planet searching through the galaxies for his lost friends. You have the ability to manipulate the world elements to guide him safely through the galaxies in this Physics-Puzzle-Adventure. Will the missing planet be behind the next portal? Find out, Beat the high-score or compete with your friends in this new Physics-Puzzle!

One button controls everything – Think that it’s simple?

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Yes, control wise, it’s that simple. The game itself poses quite the challenge as timing and skills do come into play in order to pass the small levels. Basically, you control moving parts in a level. Gravity will do the rest.

The physics or mechanics, depending on how you want to look at them, are increasing in difficulty level with pretty much every level you pass. this game is not really “easy peasy”. Sure at first it is a breeze, let the world run through the small maze and eventually open up the right trapdoor for it to fall into the black hole and bam, level finished!

Eventually, it all comes down to finesse. Upon passing the easier levels, you are hit by precise actions that need to be taken in order to really push the world into a specific direction, making it very difficult in 1 go. Add on top the harsh time limit or you restart the level, this game is one of the harder puzzle games I played in the past years.

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One level had moving spikes, pitfalls, jumps and pinball-style trap doors… Just to say there sure is a variety in how to play the game, the combination of all of them at once in a little level, it poses a serious challenge to nab up those 3 stars.

While it does provide a great puzzle game, it does fail on the pricing aspect. Priced at a whopping 30 Euro in Germany for what appears to be 80 levels, I can’t help but feel this is more shovelware than an actual “must own” of the genre…

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In conclusion, I do like this game, which in all its simplicity does a great job at offering challenging levels. Considering the bland graphics and the high price, I wondered how to properly express what is most important. Is it the higher difficulty level, is the high price an issue or the bland graphics… Does the gameplay make up enough for the game to validate a purchase?

Yes, but not at this price range. The game is fun enough but all throughout the game, it feels like it was supposed to be a 10  bucks game on the eShop. Not able to shake the feeling that this game is overpriced, my rating is going to be 60%. Buy it if you love a harder puzzle game. If you do not,  there are many other great games out there.

6/10

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