Spearhead Games/505 Games
PS4/PSN (also on
PS3/PSN, Xbox 360/XBLA, PC)
inventiveness never ceases to amaze us. A game about a quartet of
Placebo singers – brilliant!
What? Oh, ‘Brains’. Oops...
The thinking thingies of miniscule proportions in question are
those of a quartet of lab animals, genetically altered so as to be
super-powered. Dax Bat can push stuff, Minsc Hamster can conjure
exploding ice blocks, mouse Pad can swap spots with stuff and rabbit
Stew tastes delightful with a frisky bottle of red. Oh alright, he
has a built-in Dyson-like ability – and would likely taste great
with a frisky bottle of red.
So what? Well, they all
converge in the name of liberty, which we would too if somebody
imprisoned us and fucked with our genetic recipes. In what’s a kind
of puzzletastic The Great Escape, just with less
motorcycles and barbed wire and more collectible cheese, those
aforementioned powers prove vital in cracking environmental puzzles
littered throughout the sprawling laboratory.
and while you can traverse the dumpy few hours of main campaign all
on your lonely, flipping through each character as required, it’s
much more funtastic with others. This can be accomplished via
recruiting strangers from far flung IP addresses, but the best bit
is that you and three friends can jam buttocks together on a couch
and go old school one room brainbox-teaming. Even better, if you’re
not rich in PS4 controllers, you can use a Vita. You just need to be
rich in Vita, we guess.
Puzzles range from “well duh!” to
“Fuck, has somebody jammed a playthrough on YouTube?”, and can
usually be tackled in various ways. Playtime’s embiggened via
separate challenges involving everything from playing with balls to
a form of soccer. Erm, balls are popular here.
flying solo then Tiny Brains isn’t the messiah, but if
you’ve friends armed with PS4 controllers (and pizza money) then
it’s a very doughty buy.