Christmas is a time of rest and relaxation. It is a chance to explore your unplayed library of games. It is a chance to show some restraint and review your wishlist of games. It is also the time where you end up ignoring all that and buy new games anyway. That is how I ended up with a tiny bang for my buck.
The Tiny Bang Story is a classic item-find and puzzle game with charming visuals; a combination that has been known to capture my attention quite a bit in the past. With simple and charming hand-drawn environments and puzzles, The Tiny Bang Story draws players into a colourful and weird world.
The Tiny Bang Story starts its charm onslaught from the very outset. The menu, while initially appearing simple, leads you directly into the puzzles. Rather than a traditional level selection screen, you are instead presented with a partial jigsaw to complete. Once finished you can enter the newly created region. As you move from level to level you will return to this page, building your new challenges as you go.
As soon as you enter a zone you are thrust into the core mechanics. You will be hunting around the map for puzzle pieces (to help you build the next section), and a range of different items crucial to departing the map (for example, you need to release that boat in the image above to move on). When enough of the required items are found you will be able to use the resulting tool to further interact with the image; opening boxes, fixing lifts and toggling levers.
Occasionally you will encounter a genuine puzzle which must be solved to move on. These are never too deep and the challenge they offer is often quite limited. However, their inclusion is perfectly suited to breaking the game up; giving your eyes a break from hunting around in all those nooks and crannies (have you found the two puzzle pieces in the above image yet?)
The Tiny Bang Story is a short game, clocking in at about 3 hours worth of gameplay. However, for the few dollars that it costs, I feel it provides a good return on investment. It is simple, it is charming and it is very pretty. It has good bang for your buck!