The Last Tinker is a platformer inspired by classics such as Jak and Daxter and Banjo Kazooie. These games always brings back the memories for me as these were platform games that were just simple superb. So let us take a look now and see if this does indeed live to those titles of my youth.
Developer: Mimimi Productions
Publisher: Unity Games
Genre: Adventure, Platformer, Indie
Release Date: 12 May 2014
Thanks to the developer for the review code.
CPU: Core 2 Duo E4500 2.2GHz / AMD Equivalent
VGA: Radeon HD 4550 / Nvidia Equivalent
RAM: 1 GB
HDD: 1 GB
First impressions of The Last Tinker: City of Colours is just wow. Everything is just so colourful especially with the use of the brighter shades such as red, blue, purple and green. With the game being so colourful it reminds of another favourite game of mine which is Crash Bandicoot. So when I was fortunate enough to play the preview build of this, I was just simply blown away. And being a huge platformer fan this took some doing as I have played most of them from back in the 8-bit era all the way up to the Gamecube, when they were proper platform games. So of course I was curious about how the finished version of the game looked and played.
In The Last Tinker, there are various factions which are represented by different colours. This is so that you know straight away who belongs to what side and where. Over the years the inhabitants have all taken to living apart and starting their own districts, which are represented by different colours. You have the angry inhabitants that are represented by red, the sensitive souls who use blue to highlight themselves and you get the green guys that generally tend to react randomly depending on which faction is around them. The on the outskirts there is actually a civilisation that are managing to live together in peace without being aligned with anyone.
Enter Koru, one of the people that lived on the outskirts who must try and bring peace to the warring factions. You are not alone however and are joined on your quest by Tap the Sheep. He is your friend and he will guide you to the ones that need help. Moving around the world is best done using a gamepad as using keyboard control makes is too much of a challenge. Jumping is the worse if you use the traditional PC method as Koru can’t jump freely; meaning you must wait until you are near the end of a platform, or by a vine and hold down the jump button to trigger the leap. This is kind of impossible using A,S,D,F keys.
When using a gamepad movement throughout the world is smooth, both in combat and moving around. Engaging in combat is nice to thanks to the simple combo system. Stringing together dodge-rolls with striking attacks allows you to take out groups of enemies with ease. Luckily during all this the camera does a good job of keeping up with the action and never once becomes annoying. As you progress you will learn various abilities that allow you manipulate the emotions of the inhabitants. These are objects you pick up that are primary colours; Red encourages aggression, Green brings fear and Blue introduces grief.
The puzzles that you solve are also clever and you also have to take part in quests with sidekicks. One part of this game requires you to activate pads so that mushrooms will grow. This is achieved by using this massive mushroom character that you must control by whistling so that he follows you around. Then you must work out how to get him to the various patches as you either got low clearings or a bridge must be lowered over the water. While not really complicated, it does give you a good feeling when you manage to work out how to get the big guy to the next patch.
The graphics are just simply beautiful. The world itself is supposed to be created out of cardboard and the textures give them excellent detail and colours give you a sense you are watching an animated film.
The Last Tinker: City of Colours is a very colourful platformer. With so many retro-styled games being released in the image of Metroid or Megaman, then seeing a modern game inspired by the likes of Crash Bandicoot, Banjo Kazooie and Jax and Daxter is refreshing. It plays smooth, looks stunning and is the type of game that you have just got to play. Mimimi Productions have created a masterpiece that will definitely appeal to new and old gamers alike.