The Tiny Bang Story HD: iPad App Written Review
We’ll be upfront and fair about this: We freaking love puzzle games. They give us a kick we just can’t seem to get anywhere else, and with more and more stellar titles emerging for the iPad, we couldn’t be more tickled pink about it. In fact, our new favorite is Tiny Bang Story HD, by developer Colibri Games. The app perfectly captures the same, addictive and difficult nature we loved in the Myst series, only with a much cuter face and more touchscreen real-estate. All in all, you can check below to view our whole thought on this killer puzzle app for the iPhone’s big brother!
Concept and Gameplay
The more we played around with it, the more Tiny Bang Story HD started to remind us of everything we love in the old Myst games. If you never played them, we’ll give you a quick rundown: The player is presented with a massive, hand-drawn world filled with puzzles that must be solved. There’s no obvious point to solving these puzzles, as in something like Sudoku, but rather a more esoteric sort of enjoyment. Here in Tiny Bang Story HD, the player collects puzzle pieces and other oddities needed to reconstruct the world after a meteorite strikes. It’s a cute plot point, but it doesn’t serve much purpose inside the game. This is fine with us, though, as we’ve got plenty of puzzles to master, most of which require quite a lot of thought and creativity to solve. On that note, the game is certainly on the difficult side, which some users may not like. However, we can’t get enough of a good challenge, and greatly enjoyed scratching our heads over pipes and levers for several hours before the “Eureka!” moment hit.
Design and Artwork
As with our beloved Myst series, we simply can’t speak highly enough of the artwork presented here. The world is lush and unbelievably gorgeous, while the puzzles themselves are on par with the best, classic desktop titles. It’s really quite easy to get sucked into the environment, as bugs flitter around, doors are unlocked, and pleasant backgrounds rest just out of touching distance. All in all, you aren’t so much buying an app with Tiny Bang Story HD, but rather a gorgeously two-dimensional experience.
Sure, Tiny Bang Story HD is on the slightly pricy end of things, clocking in at $2.99 in the App Store. But for that money, you’ll get the best puzzle game we have ever played on the iPad, period. If you’re into supremely challenging yet unbeatably rewarding gaming experiences on your iPad, there’s really no better option out there than the award winning gameplay held within Tiny Bang Story HD’s soft covers. It gets a solid recommendation from us, as well as a tip of our hats. Great job, lads.
The Tiny Bang Story HD requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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