Shiny

Game review by
Marcia Morgan, Common Sense Media
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Nonviolent rescue game lacks polish, responsive controls.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Helping others in need, using your brain to overcome obstacles.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Robot Kramer 227 dutifully charges in to rescue his friends, repair their planet before it crashes into sun.

Ease of Play

Simple controls not responsive enough to handle precise jumps needed to get through levels. At times, controls not responsive at all.

Violence & Scariness

No blood, gore. When Kramer 227 dies, he simply respawns at the last checkpoint; after a certain number of attempts, you must start entire level over again.

Consumerism

Additional paid DLC purchases are available, including soundtrack. digital art book.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Shiny is a downloadable side-scrolling action platformer. There are no weapons or violence of any kind, and if players fall off the map, they simply respawn at the last checkpoint. Controls are easy to learn but are imprecise, forcing a lot of backtracking and unnecessary replay. There's also downloadable content that can be bought with real money.

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What's it about?

SHINY follows the story of a robot, Kramer 227, whose home planet, Aurora, is set on a crash course directly into its sun, taking him and all his robot friends with it. The planet has been depleted of energy, and all the robots on it are battery-dead as well. Kramer is tasked with rescuing his robot friends by charging them up with his energy and collecting batteries along the way to help power the planet and stop its crash course to the sun.

Is it any good?

This platformer should have better controls and fewer bugs. On the surface, Shiny looks like it should be a pretty fun game. It's not bad on the eyes, the music is wonderful, and the setup is interesting enough. Checkpoints are also frequent enough that you'd think you wouldn't need to worry too much about losing your progress. The problem is that everything just sort of falls apart.

The biggest issue plaguing the game is that it has more bugs than a Florida campsite on a summer night. For example, although the music ties in beautifully with the emotion of the game, it keeps cutting out sporadically for no reason. Another major issue is the game's controls. Sure, it's simple to learn how to play, but the controls just aren't responsive. In a platform game like this, that's a huge problem. There's nothing more infuriating than jumping off a platform to collect some batteries, only to miss them all in freefall and have to climb all the way back up to try again. It doesn't take long before you just decide it's not even worth the effort. It's a shame, too, because Shiny has all the right parts to make for a pretty fun game, but none of them fit together and you can't help but just walk away feeling sorry for it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about energy. A huge part of this game revolves around recharging batteries, but how important is it for you to stay energized every day?

  • Discuss robots. Robots are frequently used to perform repetitive task or build things like cars, but what things would you have your robot do if you had one?

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