Tinker Island 2
Passive play, tech issues ruin this island paradise.
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Tinker Island 2
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tinker Island 2 is an adventure game for iOS and Android devices. There's some violence in play, as gamers will fight opponents and try to kill them, although many enemies aren't human and no gore is shown. With numerous elements involved, playing can feel a little confusing at first, although the first level walks players through each step, and further instructions are eventually given. Gamers have some say in what happens next and are sometimes given a nudge to reconsider a response, which may help them learn to make more effective decisions. The game's free to download, but players will see some pushes to buy things, and a store section offers in-app currency packages that range from $0.99 to $99.99.
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What’s It About?
A group of people try to figure out how to live on the island they're stranded on in TINKER ISLAND 2. Players explore areas and learn more about the mysterious inhabitants by dragging one or more characters into circled areas, such as a shipwreck. They choose actions as the plot unfolds via written text, opting to do things like examine a cave's floors. They battle opponents by clicking on selected portions of a bar on the screen to hit or defend themselves. Winning earns chests containing things like wood, food, and gems to buy resources.
Is It Any Good?
While this adventure has a unique twist, its passive gameplay and technical issues keep this from standing out. In Tinker Island 2, players essentially include choose a response when prompted in the storyline -- and clicking on colored portions of a bar when fighting, which represents either striking an opponent or fending it off. Characters need energy to perform tasks, which can also deplete their reserves. Their energy will refill over time, through eating or waiting, although players may find it hard at points to do much until that happens. The plot, which unfolds gradually as you check out new places, occasionally features subtle humor. Characters each have four skills -- for foraging, building, fighting, and exploring. Brief bios are provided, although the characters' personalities and backgrounds don't factor into the game too much.
Because the initial gameplay instruction isn't too detailed, players may be unsure about some elements until they run into a frog who can answer basic questions about how the game works. Throughout the game, players need to drag characters into circled areas on a map of the island to investigate things, but the glitchy controls may make that much harder to do. Tapping things doesn't always work, and the delays in responding can cause issues during the battle portions. Players may also struggle with only being able to see written descriptions of what's happening. Even when they weigh in on what direction things will take by choosing a response, the resulting outcome isn't shown. Since the storyline involves a mystery, some may enjoy playing Tinker Island 2 -- as long as they're OK with taking a fairly passive role and primarily responding to questions instead of being an active player.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about some of the ways logic appears in Tinker Island 2. Did you change an answer to any of the questions based on something the narrator pointed out -- or through trial and error?
How do you overcome fear? What can you do when you're afraid to be able to calm down?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: February 9, 2022
- Category: Adventure Games
- Topics: Ocean Creatures
- Publisher: Tricky Tribe
- Version: 1.1.2
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 11.0 or later, macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with the Apple M1 chip, or Android 5.0 and up.
- Last updated: May 31, 2022
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