The Tiny Bang Story
Switch version tested
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I have always enjoyed games that required the person to look at images and find hidden items. Even in books or the back of cereal boxes before I was able to play them in video games. I have not played them in a while, but the Nintendo Switch seems like the perfect console for such a visual game.
The Tiny Bang Story, story not theory as I called it in my head for the past few weeks, is a tranquil point and click puzzle game that includes I Spy gameplay. A meteor had hit the tiny world and broke it into jigsaw pieces that need to be found to the world back together.
There are five different areas and each one has 25 puzzle pieces hidden in the landscaping. The player must interact with machinery and doors that will then show you what other hidden items you have to find hiding around. Once you find all of the required item return to where they are needed and you must solve a puzzle to activate the object. Full disclosure I had to look up how to solve two puzzles and both were severely criticized because there was no rhyme or reason as to solving them. Every area has multiple items also that need to be spotted. Once you complete an area the game returns to the tiny world globe and you must place puzzle pieces to unlock the next area.
Use the left analogue moves around a cursor once it is hovering over something press A to interact with the object. One of the bumpers will also highlight all the things you can interact with on any given screen in case you are lost. A larger or faster cursor would have been much appreciated because it moves very slowly.
The best feature of the game is that there are always blue flies on the screen that you can catch to fill up a hint meter. Once it is full you can activate it and a red fly will circle around a hidden item. Having such a feature certainly beats just moving the cursor all over the screen spamming the interact button because you are stuck looking for one last thing.
Visually the game is beautiful. The scenery is like an interactive painting. The music is calming. Overall, the game is very peaceful and could be a nice change of pace from all the other action-packed games the Nintendo Switch had.
The Tiny Bang Story lacks an actual story and that disappointed me. I find it hard to believe that a game with such a title could have no narrative at all. When I got to the end screen I felt like I had just wasted my time as the only thing there is to be able to replay the puzzles you already beat. The gameplay is fine as long as you are interested in I Spy and puzzle-solving. Some of the puzzles had no logical way of solving and were just trial and error. The title was not terrible but failed to do anything impressive at the same time. My Brother Rabbit, although a bit more expensive ($14.99) is just like this one and came out recently that gets my recommendation over TTBS.
TBG Score: 6/10
Platform: Steam, Mobile, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 04/10/2019
No. of Players: 1
File Size: 204 MB
Category: Adventure, Puzzle
Developer: Colibri Games
Publisher: Ellada Games
Download link: eShop