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It's a Small, Dangerous World in Tales of the Tiny Planet
Tales of the Tiny Planet

It's a Small, Dangerous World in Tales of the Tiny Planet

This cute physics-based puzzler will charm you with challenging one-touch puzzles
September 13, 2017

Tales of the Tiny Planet ($1.99) by Pixelsplit is a one-touch physics puzzle game that is reminiscent of the classic Rolando games that were once popular many years ago. If you enjoyed other games like Pigeon Wings or Motif, then you'll get a kick out of Tales of the Tiny Planet. It's a great game to help take your mind off of things.

Life's been rather stressful for me as of late, so I've been spending more time with video games across various platforms. However, most of my gaming time is still on my iPhone, just because my phone is always with me. My favorite genre to play are puzzles, since they keep my mind sharp but they're still relaxing to play. Plus, they're easy to put away if I need to do something else. While it feels like I've played almost every puzzle game, I'm always looking for more. So when I saw Tales of the Tiny Planet, I was intrigued and had to get my hands on it. It's definitely a title that does not disappoint.

App Feels Like

App Feels Like

App Feels Like

$1.99
Pigeon Wings
Pigeon Wings
Ignacio Schiefelbein
$1.99
Motif.
Motif.
Tarik Canturk
Challenging puzzles

Visually, Tales of the Tiny Planet sports a rather cute and minimal artistic approach. Everything is rendered in 2D, though there are subtle yet gorgeous backgrounds that add some depth overall. The foreground remains focused and sharp, and there's plenty of basic geometric shapes everywhere, yet the planets are oddly adorable. The colors range from soft pastels to muted, earthy tones to more vibrant shades, so it all meshes together well and is appealing on the eyes. Animations are smooth and fluid, with no lag on my iPhone 7. The soundtrack is rather whimsical, and the sound effects are delightful. Overall, Pixelsplit did a fantastic job with the visual and audio design of Tales of the Tiny Planet.

Like other puzzle games, Tales of the Tiny Planet is level-based. At the moment, there are five chapters, with 12 stages in each, so there's 60 puzzles for you to solve with the initial download. However, the developers have put a "Coming Soon" marker, indicating more stages will arrive in a future update.

The goal of each level is pretty straightforward: guide the planet along the stage and reach the portal to move on to the next area and reunite with friends. However, it's easier said than done, of course, especially when you throw in spikes, enemies, and other dangers into the mix. Players are able to earn up to three stars on each stage, depending on how fast they complete it. There's also a time limit, as shown in the upper left, so you'd better be fast.

The controls in Tales of the Tiny Planet are as simple as they come. On each stage, players are in charge of all of the moving parts, which activate all at once with a long-press. You have to figure out the movement patters and time everything perfectly in order to get the planet character to the portal. And with the countdown, timing is critical, especially if you're a perfectionist and need three stars for every level.

While Tales of the Tiny Planet looks easy, it's rather challenging. There isn't much time on each stage, so you have to learn the patterns and then be quick on your toes. There will be a lot of replays to do if you're going for three stars, and it instills that "just one more go" mentality, so there's a bit of replay value.

Tales of the Tiny Planet is a cute and endearing physics-based puzzler that is sure to delight everyone in the family.

The Good

The Good
Many levels

Tales of the Tiny Planet is a cute game that is enjoyable for anyone. The graphics are colorful and endearing, with a charming soundtrack to listen to as you play. The controls are perfect and optimized for touch screens, requiring just one touch. Despite the cutesy appearance, Tales of the Tiny Planet is challenging, even for seasoned puzzle fans, because of the limited amount of time you have to finish a stage. There's plenty of content for the initial price, so it's a decent enough value.

The Bad

The Bad
Simple controls

While Tales of the Tiny Planet is overall a great little game, it can get a bit frustrating. If you are not the type of person who wants to replay a single stage multiple times in an attempt to meet the three star requirement, then it may be too difficult.

The verdict

The verdict

Even though I only started with Tales of the Tiny Planet earlier today, it's been quite enjoyable so far. I am a sucker for physics puzzle games, so I knew that I had to get this one, and I'm not disappointed! The planets are lovely, and the game mechanics are fun and challenging. This is definitely one I'll be returning to time and time again, and I eagerly await more levels in the future.

I highly recommend Tales of the Tiny Planet to anyone who appreciates a good physics-based puzzle game. Tales of the Tiny Planet is available on the App Store as a universal download for your iPhone and iPad for just $1.99. There are no in-app purchases.

9.2
OVERALL
Game Controls 10
Graphics 9.5
Sound/Music 9
Gameplay 9
Replayability 8.5
$2.99
Tales of the Tiny Planet
Tales of the Tiny Planet
Pixelsplit