Tiny Thief Review
- Looks and sounds fantastic.
- Brimming over with personality.
- Challenges are varied and contiually evolve.
- A bit too easy and a bit too short
Though it won't test hardended point-and-click fans, Tiny Thief is a witty puzzle adventure packed with personality and character.
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In the often humourless, frequently bullet-riddled world of gaming, a little charm goes a long way. Tiny Thief, the genre-straddling adventure puzzle mash-up from 5 Ants Games has enough charm to rescue an entire battalion of macho, grey cover shooters from their gravel-voiced funk, and still have a bit left over to make a funnel web spider look cute.
As the title suggests, you take control of a pint-sized pickpocket whom you must guide to an exit without being spotted. To do this, you'll need to acquire certain key items, unlock doors, and trigger mechanisms, all while keeping a low profile.
Though it might look like a platform-puzzler at first glance, the game's context-based pop-ups and item management systems owe a debt to the point-and-click genre. Some missions involve distracting guards so you can skulk past without being noticed. One mission sees you repeatedly luring a frustrated baker from his store so that you can swipe a series of increasingly impressive cakes. Each scenario has its own unique twist or new mechanic, and all are presented in a good natured, witty fashion.
It's not the most challenging of games - we only got stumped once or twice during the game's 30 stages, and even then it wasn't for very long. This would be a problem if the game wasn't so delightful in ever other regard. The touch-to-move controls are accessible and reliable. The cut-out art buildings and character designs are adorable, and some of the animations are genuinely funny.
For the completists among you, there are collection-oriented side quests to bring you back to completed levels. To get all three stars, you'll also need to locate your cute little stoat buddy, who pops up somewhere during each stage.
There's even a simple but effective little narrative which ties the levels together, and sees you traversing castles and pirate ships, and crossing paths with sheriffs, princesses, and dragons.
It ain't all that tough, and it's over pretty quickly, but that didn't stop us enjoying every moment we spent with Tiny Thief. It's perfect for youngers audiences, but its neat puzzles and irresistible visuals should captivate grown-up gamers just as easily. Nab it, and it may just steal your heart.
DescriptionJoin Tiny Thief on a big adventure!
#1 adventure game in 53 countries!
“Utterly charming.” - Kotaku
“Delightful” - The Guardian
“A game anyone can enjoy, and it's probably going to make you smile within the first minute.” - PC Mag
“Cute, clever, and oddly rewarding.” - 148 Apps
“If you need a good puzzle game today, or heck, even a smile, you should probably go grab Tiny Thief.” - Touch Arcade
In a world of greed, corruption and injustice, one little guy decides to stand up for the little guy! Say hello to Tiny Thief, an unconventional hero who uses cunning and trickery to out-smart his opponents across six epic medieval adventures. But beware! He faces fearsome foes, like the Dark Knight, rogue pirates and even a giant robot!
Tiny Thief brings back the magic from the point-and-click games of old, charming you with its very own visual style and offbeat sense of humor.
The game throws some seriously mind-boggling puzzles at you, with tons of surprising interactive gameplay elements along the way. So get ready to embark on an epic quest to save a princess and kingdom in peril!
Six big adventures – sneak and steal your way through six epic quests, featuring an awesome pirate ship and daring castle siege!
Use cunning and skill – out-smart your tricky opponents using the element of surprise and some downright sneakiness!
Unexpected surprises – explore fully interactive levels and uncover hidden treasures and other surprises at every turn!
Tiny Thief is ready to start his big adventure. Are you?
Important Message for Parents
This game may include:
- Direct links to social networking websites that are intended for an audience over the age of 13.
- Direct links to the internet that can take players away from the game with the potential to browse any web page.
- Advertising of Rovio products and also products from select partners.