Tiny and Big: Grandpa’s Leftovers is an indie game I grabbed in some long-forgotten Humble Bundle pack of games. I do that a lot, buy a humble bundle for a single game and end up with a slew. It’s a common problem with gamers, especially ones who love deals. The best part of that sweet deal is this game.
So far, for the 52 Week Challenge, my mindset has been focused on beating games. To that end, I usually hit up “How Long To Beat” to see the length of time before starting a game. 3-10 hours is a go, 20+ is not so much. Tiny and Big came in at 2 1/2 hours (although I took longer) but the description was what got me:
“Tiny & Big, a comic styled jump and slice platformer, gives you the unique ability to shape a whole world at your will! You are Tiny, a nerdy inventor who tries to reclaim his most beloved possession: Grandpa’s white, fine rib underpants! On his journey through a forsaken desert he will meet mysterious creatures, no clowns, a taxi robot and his arch enemy: Big!”
A puzzle platformer where you can slice the world up? Neat! I was unprepared for how neat it really is, because the game blew me away. I beat it in two lunchtime sittings at work, and it just left me wanting more. You get a laser cutter, a rocket launcher and a grapple hook to platform your way around the world. The laser cutter cuts nearly ANYTHING in the level (which *can* leave you in a situation where you cut off exactly the thing you need to progress), the rocket launcher attaches a rocket to things, allowing you to push them around and the grapple pulls things around the level.
The first hour and a half was me enjoying the puzzling and platforming aspects. It’s not a taxing game on either the motor skills or critical thinking skills, but it has enough game to make you use both. By the second hour, I was intensely interested because they had crafted a game that few praise, with amazing music (although repetitive if you haven’t unlocked a lot of songs) and great game play but most importantly: a surprisingly interesting, if short, story.
So this is another week under the belt and I’m pushing along well. See you next time!