Certain games are better suited for iOS, than others and the point and click adventure genre has seen new life with the touch screen devices. One of the best stand outs in the genre is Tiny Thief, and you could say that the new game Tiny Space Adventure is inspired by Tiny Thief. Similar mechanics are at play with a single scene filling the entire screen, and everything is on a small scale offering a lot of different interactive potential in the one scene. In the case of Tiny Space Adventure, you play as a stranded astronaut that needs to go through doors, deactivate laser switches, destroy robot guards and more through the included levels.
Each level is intricately designed for unique challenges that rely on exploration as you use trial, and error to figure out the right path forward. There’s little logic involved, as most of the time you just need to use switches, and go through doors without knowing what’s going to happen. You will die sometimes, and in the end you just work your way to memorize the sequence of events to beat a level. It’s surprisingly simplistic despite the promising set-up, and it feels more tedious than enjoyable at times to work your way through each level. Another big problem is that there are only 14 levels, of one scene each, so it doesn’t have the most content.
The biggest drawback of Tiny Space Adventure is that it’s so close to Tiny Thief, while being a lesser experience. The comparison is obviously there from the outset, but nothing in Tiny Space Adventure is as good as Tiny Thief, and it looks even worse because of the direct link between the two games. Tiny Thief excels on scene variety and charm while Tiny Space Adventure is a lot more repetitive in the game structure, and there’s not nearly the same endearing quality. With all that said, there is still a nice inclusion of pop-up puzzles in Tiny Space Adventure, and it does enough to stand on its own right. You will still enjoy all of the included levels in Tiny Space Adventure, it’s just simple in scope, and pales in comparison to Tiny Thief. It would have been nice to see a little more ingenuity on the tiny scale point and click adventure game.
Tiny Space Adventure ($0.99, Universal) is worth picking up for a quality puzzle adventure, but it’s just not as good as it could be.