• arrow
    LOG IN 
    • Log in using an option below.
         
      Forgot password?
      Login with Facebook
      Sign in with Twitter

  • REGISTER
ABOUT US
Contact Us Who Are We? Hall Of Fame Advertising With PG Games Archive
BEST GAMES
Best games on iPhone Best games on iPad Best games on Android
FREE STUFF
Best free games on iPhone Best free games on iPad Best free games on Android Competitions
GAME SALES
iPhone game sales iPad game sales Android game sales
UPDATED GAMES
Latest iPhone game updates Latest iPad game updates Latest Android game updates
NEW RELEASES
New iPhone games New iPad games New Android games
MORE PG SITES
PG.biz PG FRANCE PG GERMANY PG Game Guides PG GameHubs PG Connects 2014
MORE SM SITES
AppSpy Free App Alliance 148 Apps Android Rundown iPhone Quality Index iPad Quality Index Android Quality Index Swipe Magazine Best App Ever Awards
PARTNERS
Metacritic
GameRankings
Pocket Gamer on NewsNow
GamesTracker
dx.net
UK Mobile Pages Directory
Skinflint Price Comparison
iPad  header logo

Tiny Thief

For: iPad   Also on: Android, iPhone

Worth nabbing

Product: Tiny Thief | Developer: 5 Ants | Publisher: Rovio | Format: iPad | Genre: Puzzle | Players: 1 | Version: Europe
 
Tiny Thief iPad, thumbnail 1
The Rovio Stars publishing initiative is only one game old as Tiny Thief comes to market, but 5 Ants's game already has a formidable challenge living up to the label's high standards.

We recently saw the very first Rovio Stars offering, Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage, which wowed us all with its supremely well-balanced brand of physics-based puzzling.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Tiny Thief doesn't manage to scale those same heights - but it's also sufficiently fresh to warrant a closer look.

Point-and-tap

Tiny Thief plays like a point-and-click adventure game shrunk down and separated into standalone bite-sized challenges.

The idea is to guide a light-fingered youth around a series of simple medieval environments, pinching from mean-spirited authority figures and helping out the disadvantaged like some pint-sized Robin Hood.

Puzzles are solved in a linear fashion by collecting, using, and interacting with objects in a set order. Stray near an object that can be used or picked up and a tappable command prompt will pop up.

The best levels are imaginative yet logical. The worst make little sense, and rely on trial-and-error and aimless wandering and tapping to see where our hero can affect the world.

Get the hint

This isn't helped by a hint system that can only be activated every four hours. We didn't find ourselves inclined to use it until the end of the third world, but it still seems like a pretty obvious shortcoming.

There are additional incentives in the form of optional extras you can collect - as well as an ongoing Where's Wally?-type game with your little pet - but, again, the solutions to these vary between the obvious and the downright obtuse.

Still, the sheer inventiveness of the scenarios and the gentle humour woven through each of Tiny Thief's levels keeps you progressing and, yes, enjoying yourself - even when the gameplay is occasionally only a notch or two above those interactive kiddy books that are in abundance on the App Store.

Good in a pinch

If we could name two defining aspects of a Rovio Stars game this early on, it would have to be polish and character. Tiny Thief, like Icebreaker before it, is beautiful and distinctive to look at.

The animation is sublime, and each level is packed full of tiny little incidental details that help you form an attachment to our protagonist and his pet. Get caught and he'll react in a different way depending on his environment - trying to dig his way to freedom or holding a flower in front of his face, for example.

It's little details like this that really make Tiny Thief a pleasure to play through, even when its trial-and-error gameplay starts to grate.

Despite our reservations about Tiny Thief's limited gameplay, it retains sufficient charm, polish and fun elements to make it two from two on the Rovio Stars score card.
 
Tiny Thief
Reviewer photo
Jon Mundy | 11 July 2013
Tiny Thief is a charming reduction of the point-and-click adventure, though its charm and polish cover over some pretty basic trial-and-error gameplay
 
Rate this game >> Average reader score: 
Have Your Say
Post a comment - Please log in to leave a comment
Pocket Gamer Biz     PG Login
Login with Facebook Sign in with Twitter
Show: Latest | Oldest
Joined:
Jul 2013
Post count:
2
bubs57 | 23:00 - 29 July 2013
Joined:
Apr 2011
Post count:
279
NotSpam | 11:27 - 16 July 2013
Stunning production values, but gameplay is just too thin sadly. Still worth it as it along with Rolando eg is one of the most delightful games on iOS.
Joined:
Jul 2013
Post count:
8
EvaniaM | 10:49 - 12 July 2013
Tiny Thief is no doubt one of the best-looking games to crop up this year. The artwork does a great job in bringing 5 Ants’ quirky kingdom to life whilst presenting on-screen prompts and objects clearly.
If you need an overall appraisal of the game, Search AppsGoer to get a full review.
 
POPULAR REVIEWS
LATEST COMMENTS
LATEST NEWS
LATEST VIDEOS VIDEO REVIEWS