Games of 2011: The Tiny Bang Story

I’ve spent a lot of time in 2011 playing games, but not a lot of time writing about them. Instead of my usual end-of-year game recommendations, I’d like to tell some stories or share some thoughts about the ones that meant the most to me this year. I’ll be posting one a day until Christmas. See all Games of 2011 posts.

The Tiny Bang Story

Colibri’s The Tiny Bang Story has some flaws. It is remarkably short — I think my play-through clocked in just over three hours. There’s not much of a story. There’s no incentive to go through the game more than once.

But even with its impairments, TBS is worth a jaunt through. It is part hidden object game, part traditional puzzler, part adventure game, all wrapped in gorgeous art and sound. It’s a welcome vacation from the flood of twitch games that are the bread and butter of the gaming industry.

Think of it as a palate cleanser of a game, one that’ll put a smile on your face and refresh you for whatever’s next on your list.

The Tiny Bang Story is available for Mac and PC.