Publicada: 2 Maio
I have been looking for a modern 3D platformer for some time now, and those that I have played have been good but have left me less satisfied than I would like.
Tiny and Big: Grandpa’s Leftovers didn’t do that at all. The only element where it had me wanting more was its length, but I would gladly take this shorter (but still long enough to keep you busy), but much higher quality experience.
I played with a controller, I can’t say much about the gameplay with mouse/keyboard. Just a 3D platforming experience, the gameplay was pretty much flawless. But on top of that are the physics mechanics and the tools you are given (no spoilers!) and that makes for a really refreshing experience. The tools at your disposal don’t feel at all like gimmicks, which is a risk many developers face when trying to incorporate interesting mechanics into a game. The levels are also designed really well to make use of these mechanics.
The story isn’t ground breaking but there is one and I find that really important, it is present enough to have me keep playing and it doesn’t feel like an afterthought. The fact that there is another character that really does engage with you helps in this regard. The scripts are also written well and leads to a pretty funny experience. It helps build the sense of charm around the game.
And boy is there charm! You can see it firstly from the graphical style of the game, it just looks really good. The comic book style sound effect labels are awesome and were always accurate. I love the level intros and the game has pretty good graphical diversity for being based entirely in a desert - especially towards the end.
While it is short, it has all of the bells and whistles - collectables, secrets, plenty of achievements and goals to complete each level in ridiculous ways.
If I had to come up with some complaints, I thought that the death sequence was a bit long. It also seemed kind of arbitrary how far you had to fall in order to die - it seems to prevent you from going to parts of the level in the wrong order.
If you’re looking for a good 3D platformer, I don’t think you could look past this.