Should I Buy? – Tiny Bang Story


Seeing as I have a modicum of disposable income and a wealth of free time, I’ve been able to download and play a few more games from Steam. The latest of these was Tiny Bang Story, a little indie game both developed and published by Colibri Games. It’s an cute little puzzle game based on a tiny world.

When you start the game up you see a catastrophe break the world into jigsaw pieces, and then enter the one remaining section to start rebuilding the world. Without using a written or spoken word, the game teaches you that you’ll need to both collect the twenty five puzzle pieces scattered around the area, collect certain objects and solve a few puzzles.

Bottle Lake

It's rather pretty, isn't it?

So basically, it’s a pixel-hunter with the occasional Professor Layton-esque digression. And as that, it works pretty well. You’ll probably spend most of the time hunting down the last few items, and they try really hard to hide some of them in such innocuous places that you’ll probably not notice them. Despite how relaxing the music is, this can be really frustrating.

Still, the design is quite clever and charming. The world has a pleasant aesthetic the never quite conforms to conventional proportions. The environments you travel to all keep the design consistent, making the game flow very well from one location to the next. Really, hats off to the designer on this one. The way that no words were needed at all, that everything about the gameplay was conveyed through and based around the game’s visuals is both impressive and genuinely artistic.

The game isn’t very long, the five sections will probably take under an hour each, unless you’re particularly bad at puzzles or you run across items that’re hidden in obnoxious places. After each section, you’ll have to put the puzzle pieces together to create the next one. It doesn’t seem to matter if you don’t actually collect them all though, a couple of times I accidentally triggered the end of a section without getting them all and I had no problem proceeding.

Despite all the fun I had with it, I’m still a bit sore about paying £8 for it. The only reason it lasted me longer than a day was because I only played one section a day. As for replay value, I’m not sure yet. The charming aesthetic will probably have me going back in a few weeks or months to experience it again but I’m still not convinced it’s the right deal.

If you’re looking for something quick and simple you can enjoy casually in short bursts then this fulfils those criteria. If you’d like to try it out, then you can download a demo from Steam that lets you play the entire first area.

Price: £7.99 (Steam)

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mitch Allan
    Aug 11, 2011 @ 19:28:15

    Ack, this sounds like EXACTLY the kind of casual game I love, but the £8 price tag is a bit of a sting.
    Will definitely try out the demo, and the aesthetic does look wonderful, and maybe bide time for it to come down in price…not hopeful.
    Though, I have seen point-and-click puzzle games like this going on Steam for £10-15, which seems a bit execessive and they’re only a few hours.

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  2. jackcalico
    Aug 11, 2011 @ 19:38:56

    It was originally £12! I’d never have bothered with it if it were that much. I did forget to mention that you can replay the puzzles when you’re finished if you wish. Though if you do want puzzles, just buy Puzzle Agent or Professor Layton.

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