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Tiny Prehistoric Adventure Review

By , on June 19, 2014
Last modified 5 months ago


Tiny Prehistoric Adventure - A Point & Click Game
Download on the AppStore
4 out of 5

PROS

  • Good adventure game puzzles
  • Cute comic art style
  • Intuitive clear controls

CONS

  • Help options offer too much instruction
  • Leans heavily on trial-and-error
  • Random deaths lose your level progress

VERDICT

Tiny Prehistoric Adventure falls into many of the traps of its genre, but this doesn’t stop it being a charming point-and-click adventure.


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Tiny Prehistoric Adventure is an elegant mix of point-and-click adventure and puzzle game. Sending you back to the jurassic period, you play the part of a miniature time traveller who is stranded after his era hopping machine breaks.

Before beginning each area you are treated to a vivid comic panel showing the dangers you are about to face. These are in perfect keeping with the game’s bright 2D art, and do a good job setting the tone.

Streamlined point-and-click controls have you tapping anywhere along your current platform to move to the desired spot. Any objects that you can interact with are handily highlighted by context sensitive icons as you pass them, but otherwise remain understated in the bold colourful world.

Every new level is a single screen filled with unique new challenges. One level, for example, has you searching for a leaf to hide under to fool giant ants into carrying you to your destination, while another has you finding ways to kill giant spiders in order to safely pass.

Problematically, puzzles are rarely explained leaving it completely up to you to find the stage’s single solution. This created mixed emotions in us. On levels where we could see what to do it gave us a huge sense of satisfaction as we deftly set about the task. Unfortunately, many levels were not as clear and we found ourselves on infuriating hunts around the world for items that we could interact with - a method that regularly resulted in our unanticipated death.

To help with this there is a map to show various points of interaction. Using this felt like cheating though, as not only did it show where items were but also the order in which to use them, ruining any sense of discovery. This left us with the choice of either infuriatingly trying to work out that we could cut through a web using a bone, or monotonously following steps one to three on the map.

While its trial-and-error approach to exploration may rely a little too much on error, Tiny Prehistoric Adventure is a charming game. If you fancy a quick paced point-and-click adventure, then trying the nine free levels of this jurassic journey is an easy recommendation, providing you not prone to bouts of uncontrollable rage.

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