[Review] The Tiny Bang Story – Nintendo Switch

Written by Nintendad
  • Developer: Colibri Games
  • Publisher: Ellada Games
  • Release Date: 04/10/2019
  • Price: £7.69 / $9.99
  • Review code provided by Ellada Games

Bang, and the world is gone

A catastrophe has befallen this tiny planet, its moon, which is a football, has been struck by a meteor and damaged the planet below. This damage has displaced much of the surface and turned it into puzzle pieces, it’s now up to us to find these hidden puzzle pieces and reassemble the planet.

Tiny Bang Story is a hidden object game that provides genuine puzzles in-between the scouring of the screen for the objects and pieces you need. While much of the game will be spent searching the four or so screens that each of the games five stages have for items, the memorable moments for me were the puzzles that unlocked new areas or gifted much needed items for progression.

Those puzzles are the real attraction of the game, and they range from very familiar to unique. Some tasks will be jigsaws or Simon Says repetition games, and then you’re rotating coloured map pieces or using Leonardo Da Vinci number overlays.

Tiny Bang Theory

Each stage of the game includes a number of jigsaw pieces to be found in order to move on, and while many can be found in the open, just as many are hidden behind puzzles or in locked areas that must be accessed. As each stage is cleared you’re taken back to the world view to reassemble the planet.

The stages are made up of at most, six screens, so even the most hidden of hidden objects will evade for only so long.

The game has next to no text, and the gist of the puzzles is represented by a sketch hint. Some of these hints are open to misinterpretation, I spent a little while trying to lead water from one pipe to another, only to be struck with a eureka moment as I realise I’m supposed to stop the water flow.

I appreciate that the absence of text gives the game a universal reach, but some of the tools used to replace text explanation makes it more obtuse rather than clearer.

Bang to rights

Visually the game is engrossing. Objects and environments are played with in a dreamlike way. Soft colours and characters with large features hang about in surreal settings, think perhaps of Salvador Dali by way of wholesome Beryl Cook.

The soundtrack is soothing, maintaining a balance in your mind as a tough puzzle rattles part of your brain the music is keeping everything chill everywhere else.

Don’t Bang on about it

Playing on the Switch offers a decision to be made on your playstyle. Playing handheld gives you the ease of using the touch screen to pick out your hidden objects, but the size of the screen and the precision of the touch control often makes this painful on the eyes and on your jabbing finger. Alternatively you can play docked, which allows for a larger display and the recruitment of any extra pairs of eves in the room, but restricts you to the cursor display.  

Littler Big Planet

The Nintendo Switch already has a number of soothing puzzle games that are ideal for playing just before bedtime when adrenaline and blood pumping action is not called for, titles like Mini Metro and Picross S provide experiences to put your brain on autopilot. Little Bang Story, while not having the replay-ability or length of these games, does provide a something similar, albeit with the charm and character the art and music provide.

Pros

  • Engrossing visual style.
  • Strong variety of puzzles.
  • Soothing soundtrack.

Cons

  • Some of the wordless hints can be too obtuse.
  • Fine details too fine for Handheld.
  • Playing with a cursor feels wrong.

Verdict

The Tiny Bang Story is a hidden object game that defies the preconceived notions about the genre by providing a variety of additional puzzles and a quirky illustrative art style and relaxing musical accompaniment.

3.5/5

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