Release Date: June 19th, 2012
Developer: Black Pants Game Studio
Publisher: Black Pants Studio
Platform: [Reviewed: PC] PC: GOG.com & Steam
Genre: Indie, Platform
Rated: E for everyone
Blank Plants Studio has released the first episode, Tiny & Big in Grandpa’s Leftovers, in a series of episodic games. The number of episodes has yet to be determined but it is exciting non the least. Tiny & Bigs adventure takes place in a land where common physics apply and yet everything appears different. You take on the role of TINY, a very tech savvy guy equipped with a ray cutter, a gripping- device and an extremely annoying backpack that never stops jabbering. Your mission is to find your nemesis, BIG, and get back the only item you have left from your grandpa… his underpants. Yes I said underpants, “A nice pair of white, fine rib underpants!”
Gameplay is fairly easy and straight forward. You are not thrown into the game, rather a tutorial of sorts. The tutorial guides you through everything you need to know and provides you with quiet a few practice maps to get you adjusted to both the controls and the environment. Tiny and Big in Grandpa’s Leftovers features a creative jump n’ slice gameplay style. It is up to you to explore and navigate your way through the environment utilizing Tiny’s tools. The world is set up in a very puzzle like format forcing you to really think about ALL your surroundings. From pushing a rock, to using your gripping device to pull an item or simply using your ray cutter, you will need to put in some thought to make your way through Tiny’s world.
Visually speaking Ting & Big is excellent. Now it may not be as good as other games out there but it definitely holds its own. Black Pants Studio has provided and environment that is all “hand-crafted textures and primo shadings” giving the gamer the feel of graphic novel brought to life. Despite the graphic novel take it still has a very realistic feel as well. Tiny and Big also features unbelievable physics in a world were almost everything is completely destructible. Tiny uses his ray cutter, AKA ray gun, laser gun, etc. to slice and dice his way through the environment. Need to get to the top of the ledge but all the rocks are to high? Simple, just use your trusty ray cutter to cut pieces and create stairs or a slope that Tiny can more easily climb.
Ting and Big in Grandpa’s Leftovers is an extremely character orientated game. It is obvious while playing that the story is a very important aspect. You play as Tiny and follow him through a story that although weird is filled with humor. This is obvious right from the very beginning because who would will anyone their “Underpants”? Not to mention who would be so attached to these underpants that they would trek through miles of desert and climb tons of rocks to try and get them back? Obviously nobody would and that is half the humor.
While you are on the hunt for those precious, not to certain they are unused, Underpants keep your eyes peeled for collectibles. Around the level you will find items such as cassette taps and rocks. They have a glowing colored aura around them making them slightly easier to spot, although not 100% noticeable you will still have to look around. At the end of each level is a chart of your ratings. It includes things such as how many deaths you had, the time it took you to play the level, and how many cassettes/rocks you found. Along with the total of items you found is the total number of each item in that particular level. This allows you to go back and re-do any levels you have not completed 100%.
Along with just the shear joy of simply collecting items in game is the unlocks that collecting these cassettes has. Tiny and Big features piles of Indie music that you can collect, more than 15 songs to be specific. Although from hardly known Indie bands the discovery of new songs is what it really is all about.
The controls were rather simple and thanks to the tutorial there was no confusion once fully immersed in game. I did however have one minor issue, which should not to be blamed on the game rather my mouse. I am only mentioning it because anyone with a similar mouse will likely have the same issue. In game you use your mouse to control the angle of Tiny as well as his ray cutter, gripping hook and rockets. Simply pointing the mouse directs Tiny the way you want him to move followed by pressing “W” and he will be on his way. Next is the Left mouse button (LMB); which controls your ray cutter, then the right mouse button (RMB); which controls your gripping hook and finally the middle mouse button (MMB); which controls your rocket. The middle mouse button is were I had my issues. Now I am assuming if you have a standard mouse you will have no issues but as I have a sensor instead of a clickable/rolling middle button I had issues. After multiple tries and getting no results I went in and changed the controls and viola problem solved.
Over all Tiny & Big is awesome. Although not necessarily my cup of tea, it did have a lot of qualities an excellent game requires. It is fun, easy to learn, very straight forward, has a cute and funny story, beautiful graphics and is reasonably priced. At $9.99 it is a welcome addition to any gamers collection.
Replay ability: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5