A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Milodane goes on his adventure looking for scientific discoveries, but the stories told by the House's inhabitants are a bit too tongue-in-cheek to be opportunities for emotional growth.
Positive Role Models
Milo decides to help Ridmi and all of the House's citizens not just because he wants to help them out, but because he needs to do favors for them to fix his spaceship and get home. But the game makes clear that Milo should help his new friends in equal exchange for the items he needs.
Ease of Play
Tinykin is remarkably approachable, intuitive, and well-designed. Every level flows perfectly into the next, and the puzzles are neither too easy nor too hard.
Violence & Scariness
Groups of bugs disagree with each other during certain levels, and the Shieldbugs appear as a sort of military force throughout the game. It's suggested that they have weapons, but are never shown using them.
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Players should expect mild profanity, such as the word "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Bugs in the House will gather in tavern-like rooms to drink pollen, which is suggested to be like alcohol. Imagery such as bars and barrels are present, but this is minimally suggestive.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tinykin is a downloadable action platformer for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Playstation 5, Playstation 4, and Windows. Playing as Milodane, an astronaut from a foreign planet who crashes on Earth, players discover Tinykin, who are small, colorful creatures with special abilities. Milodane, who's unable to get home because his spaceship crash-landed on the new planet, must collect Tinykin to help him solve puzzles and collect artifacts that will help him fix his spaceship and get home. Players should expect mild language, the presence of verbal conflicts between groups, and imagery that's mildly suggestive of alcohol use.
Is It Any Good?
What's immediately striking about this game is its remarkably similar concept to the much-loved Nintendo series Pikmin. Tinykin do serve the same purpose as Pikmin, and they also have different abilities depending on their color. But Tinykin quickly proves that it's doing much more than just borrowing a concept. Though Tinykin's story and dialogue are just fine, the puzzle design and gameplay are incredibly well-done. Each level flows seamlessly into the next, without jarring difficulty spikes or periods where things feel too simple. At about 6-8 hours of playtime, it's clear every moment in this shorter game is perfected instead of dragging it out longer than it needs to be. While there are optional side missions, they do give Milo a measurable advantage in the main story if you choose to complete them. If not, you're still able to complete the entire main storyline. This freedom of choice allows for players to still feel like they have agency in a linear storyline, which breaks up the main tasks in a really effective way.
The other standout quality of Tinykin aside from the length is the puzzle design. There's something so satisfying about a game asking players to use critical thinking skills to figure out a problem while also not being so confusing that players are forced to scour the internet for a walkthrough. Though it may take a minute to think and strategize where to go and what to do next, players won't be wandering around in circles looking for some secret passageway that no one would ever notice on their own or struggling through a hundred tries to complete an expert-level platforming challenge. Tinykin's puzzles just make sense, and as a result, players will leave their adventure with a sense of satisfaction that few titles manage to pull off. Pikmin may have been the first space adventure starring tiny, colorful aliens, but Tinykin is arguably the best.
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