Your next Game Pass obsession is a big Pikmin-Like

It’s been years since we received news about Pikmin 4, Nintendo’s next entry in the beloved RTS puzzle franchise. But do not worry. If you’ve been hankering for some minion management, puzzle solving, cute worlds to explore, and maybe even some platforming, then you should check it out. Tinykin. And best of all, it’s excellent. PikminThe similar adventure is now available on multiple platforms, including Xbox and PC through Game Pass. No need to wait!

Posted on August 30 tinykin is a gorgeous game that combines vibrant 2D characters with richly detailed 3D worlds. You play as a young human who leaves his home planet in search of the true origin of humanity. He crash lands on Earth inside an early 90’s house. However, he is only an inch or two tall and the house is overrun by smart, intelligent bugs who worship the house’s missing owner. These critters need your help. Lucky for you, these strange critters known as Tinykin seem to love you and will follow you around, allowing you to control them and use their puzzle-solving abilities. You use these powers to help other critters, of course. And by doing so, maybe you’ll find out why you’re so small and where the owner of this house is.

Tinykins can be found in colored pods that you open to collect. The various colors represent different flavors of the creatures, and each one comes equipped with its own unique skill or ability. For example, the red ones can be used as bombs to blow up walls or reveal shortcuts. The green ones can be stacked to create little towers that can help you get to new areas and the pink ones are very strong, allowing you to move around large objects or push obstacles with your neon-colored friends.

Screenshot: Splashteam / Tinybuild / KotakuScreenshot: Splashteam / Tinybuild / Kotaku

As you explore and amass a small army of Tinykins, the game’s play cycle becomes apparent. The game is based on large maps located in different areas of the house. Scattered throughout these rooms are small puzzles and larger secondary objectives. Some of these are pretty simple, just asking you to head to an area and use some of your creatures to, say, move a book that’s required to reach another item that needs a bug. Others are more elaborate, requiring you to collect 20 or 30 Tinykin of a specific color to progress. But I never bothered about these goals. In fact, I loved putting together a huge army of adorable 2D creatures as I searched every nook and cranny for collectibles and more Tinykin to add to my posse.

While these worlds are quite large, it will likely take you over an hour to fully complete one, you don’t have to walk everywhere. tinykin It features a soap board that lets you skate around the world and even slide down zip lines and ledges. It also gives you a bubble that allows you to slide to secluded areas. This aspect of tinykin is what really made the game click with me. I already liked the mix of 2D/3D art and huge armies of tiny critters, but the fluidity of movement in the game makes exploring each world a breeze.

even without the tinykinIt’s fun to run, jump, climb, grind and grind your way through each level as you meet new bugs and help them with their various problems and quests.

Unfortunately, I ran into some frame rate issues in certain parts of every world I played while on Xbox Series X, which was disappointing. Fortunately, they are not too common and seem to be confined to a few specific places that you can avoid. Still, I’d love to see a patch in the near future that helps address these issues, as I have to imagine the Series X can more than handle the visual complexity shown on tinykin.

tinykin it’s one of those games that just grabs you and draws you in and before you know it, you’ve completed an entire world. Based on the main quest line involving a half dozen key items, I don’t expect Tinykin to be a 20 hour adventure. But that’s okay. As this game demonstrates, you can have a lot of fun with little things.

tinykin is available now on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC. On Xbox, Steam, and Switch, you can download and play a free demo before purchasing the full game.

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