Tiny Lights Review
- Eerie designs and concepts add intrigue to the world.
- Single-finger controls make it relatively easy to pick up and play.
- Found elements attempt to flesh out the story.
- Controls become unresponsive in the 'incorrect' orientation.
- Basic gameplay fails to make serious use of the multiple characters.
As beautiful as the world of Tiny Lights is it fails to provide anything deeper than the occasional action sequence or minor puzzle.
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Being the nerd/geek or whatever you want to call it that I am, it should be no surprise that I read the occasional comic. As such, the idea of colors representing a sort of emotional rainbow is nothing new, but then again society has seemingly always paired feelings with different shades of the visible spectrum. Tiny Lights by Darling Dash and The You Company turns this idea in to a classic adventure game where you'll guide 'lights', each with unique powers that will help in restoring their tiny town.
However you'll have to find each light before you're able to make any headway. At first you'll only be able to control a red light; his confidence allows him to move speedily while also being able to see hidden objects. Soon you'll find a blue light; he's a social creature and you'll need him to talk to other lights. Green represents bravery and strength, giving him the ability to attack hostile creatures and push around heavy objects. Purple has mystic powers allowing him to access secret chambers and carry ancient scrolls. Lastly yellow likes to maintain portals, giving you the ability to quickly jump back and forth from the forest to the town.
The potential for depth and growth for each character is what makes Tiny Lights so interesting at first, however players are quickly let down when confronted with only basic problems that simply require swapping, spending a few seconds completing a Simon-says, or flicking the screen to kill enemies before moving on. While there are some problems with the controls correctly interpreting your actions (a single tap can signify either moving, activating a power or trying to attack something), there's not enough complexity to ever consider it problematic.
It's disappointing to have a game as beautiful, eerie and elegant as Tiny Lights taking the easy way out and what should be a mystifying world is quickly broken up in to systematically clearing out areas in the hope that there's something more. Unfortunately no matter how solid a concept is, without compelling gameplay or story elements it's hard to feel invested in a game.
Tiny Lights is intriguing and enchanting, but also a missed opportunity for something deeper. If you enjoy the idea of games like Gobliiins but wished it was less complex, you could do worse than to spend an hour or so with this title in your hands.
DescriptionTiny Lights is an exciting new role playing game for kids or the big kid in you exclusive for iPhone & iPod Touch and you can download it today!
Collect 'Wisdom Scrolls' and Gold Coins and fight off the 'Light Eaters' as you explore the 'Dark Forest' with Tiny Lights in the palm of your hand.
Get to know your Tiny Lights and use their special abilities to help you on your quest as you solve the intriguing puzzles in this iPhone and iPod Touch exclusive title.
The Tiny Lights game features core values of friendship, bravery, wisdom, connection and leadership.
Can you restore the light back to the world known only as ‘Bluestone’? Welcome to the world of Tiny Lights.
Try wearing headphones for the full audio experience of Tiny Lights! Good Luck and we hope you love playing the game!
Tiny Lights can be found in the Kids section of the App Store
**We have fixed some Bug Issues occurring on iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2nd Generation. We always want to hear from our customers regarding any issues or suggestions you might have.
*Thank you to everyone for their love and support!
Pocket Gamer 7/10 - Bronze Award
iPhone Gamer UK 'Game of the Month'
Reviews on iTunes UK:
***** A future classic in the making! - Brilliant RPG mini-epic.With gorgeous artwork and style, beautifully eerie atmosphere, and charming, addictive gameplay, Tiny Lights is a game that will pull you in, rob you of your free time and keep calling you back for more. Without doubt, a game to love, lose yourself in, and savour every last drop of unique, atmospheric RPG goodness
***** Pretty cool - Haven't really played anything like this on the iPhone before. It's quite cool in a surreal sort of way. You'll know what I mean if you play it. Well worth 0.59p.
***** A Stone Cold Classic - Tiny Lights is a truly original and engrossing game which features some truly lush and beautiful artwork/graphics.The music and sounds are eerie and this is a game best played in headphones and you will then lose yourself in this brilliant game.A truly outstanding game and inmho a contender for indie game of the year.A must own in anyones language and a stone cold classic
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