The Tiny Bang Story HD is an iOS puzzle game the likes of which I’ve never before experienced. It’s hard to even describe what this game is all about, other than that it’s composed of a series of mini-games.
For some reason, the developers decided not to include an introduction or write a tutorial of any sort, so it was pretty confusing to get into. I had to check the game’s App Store description to understand what the story’s about, and I had to interpret the in-game icons and animations to figure out exactly what I was supposed to be doing. I was disappointed to learn that a big part of this game involves the hidden object concept, of which I’m not a big fan.
The game did please me, though, with a variety of different puzzles. They weren’t easy either, as I had to consult a walkthrough just to get past the first level…something I can’t really say I’m proud of.
How does it work?
You navigate through each level by completing the specific tasks/puzzles/mini-games before advancing to the next. As with most other iOS games involving the hidden object concept, you’re given the option to obtain hints by collecting the on-screen fireflies. The hints aren’t always the greatest, but they can offer a lot of help when you’re really stuck, which tends to happen quite easily in The Tiny Bang Story.
Throughout the game, you’re collecting puzzle pieces and items which fill your inventory and help you complete your tasks and advance to higher levels. You’re also in charge of exploring different areas and characters in order to advance through the story. Unless you are an expert at puzzle games, you will likely run into some trouble finishing levels, and may have to consult a walkthrough as I did since the hint system is subpar, to say the least.
Is it contagious?
The Tiny Bang Story HD is different, that’s for sure. While containing aspects of most hidden object games on iOS, it adds its own original spin that makes it more fun to play. While I’m not a fan of such games myself, I didn’t mind playing this one all too much. The only thing that turned me away was its immense difficulty and lack of a text-based tutorial. I still managed to get through quite a few levels, which seemed to take forever (and yet, I read an App Store review complaining that the game is too short).
The Tiny Bang Story HD’s graphics are very nice, and the puzzles are truly challenging. If those are things you look for in a puzzle/hidden object game, then this is likely a good choice for yourself.