Tinykin Reviews

Tinykin is ranked in the 91st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Tom Marks
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2022

Tinykin's vibrant levels and simple but satisfying platforming make collecting pollen a delight.

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78 / 100
Sep 9, 2022

Tinykin's minion management might be shallow, but its platforming shines.

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2022

Tinykin feels comforting in an old-school sense. Its challenges never become convoluted, nor does its design reinvent the wheel, and that’s okay. Tinykin executes its handful of ideas exceptionally well, making it a thoroughly enjoyable and laid-back journey that only requires six to eight hours of your time. Don’t let this delightful adventure sneak under your radar.

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8 / 10
Sep 15, 2022

Tinykin is a delightful callback to '90s collectathons and platformers, with just the right amount of new ideas and iterations.

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8 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2022

Impressive efforts with a few noticeable problems holding them back. Won't astound everyone, but is worth your time and cash.

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Shacknews
Top Critic
9 / 10
Sep 8, 2022

Tinykin is a meaningful experience that reminds me of why I fell in love with video games. I hope a lot of people play it so we get more colorful and wonderful titles like Tinykin because games like this are what it's all about.

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9 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2022

Tinykin is a joyous and unthreatening exploration based 3D platformer, with a ridiculous amount of charm.

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Unscored
Aug 24, 2022

A fun Pikmin-like with tight platforming, cute critters, and a cluttered house full of exploration potential.

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Sep 19, 2022

Tinykin combines Pikmin-style action with intricate, vast and charming worlds.

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90 / 100
Aug 22, 2022

Gathering up the Tinykin to get Milo home is great fun. Exploring expansive environments as a shrunken human gives a unique perspective to everyday objects, and provides a particularly interesting setting for the story to unfold. With responsive platforming mechanics and amusing puzzle encounters, this game is a pleasant ride from start to finish.

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GameMAG
Top Critic
8 / 10
Oct 30, 2022

Tinykin is a minuscule and and relaxing experience with some fun Nintendo-vibes. The game is quite short, but for its five hours runtime you won't have the chance to ever feel bored.

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ZTGD
Top Critic
10 / 10.0
Sep 28, 2022

I would talk about the story but outside of simple details around the world when playing the levels, most of the story comes in right at the end of the game in what I felt was pretty sad for a game this happy. It has a happy ending though and I did like it. There’s a lot to be enjoyed by both kids and adults in Tinykin. It’s on Game Pass while I write this but I would absolutely buy this game again on Switch just to have it on the go so I could play it all again. I have not had this much fun with a 3D platformer since Super Mario Odyssey or Bowser’s Fury. I hope we see more of the Tinykin in the future because I think there’s a lot more we could see them do in a much longer, bigger experience.

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Unscored
Aug 26, 2022
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9 / 10
Aug 22, 2022

Tinykin is packed with fantastic third-person platforming, creative mechanics, and levels that are a joy to explore.

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80 / 100
Aug 24, 2022

Tinykin is a joyous trek through the 90s. Full of charm and wonder, the game manages to add to the foundation laid by Pikmin to build a lovely adventure. Every area has lots to find and do which fleshes out the relatively short runtime. While the game lacks challenge, it makes up for it with a bucket load of character. The simple controls and intuitive design reduces any frustration and allows you to freely command your troop. Due to this, you can’t help but smile during the entirety of the game and will enjoy each second.

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7 / 10
Aug 22, 2022

Other than a few frame rate issues, the game runs smoothly most of the time, which is essential given its heavy emphasis on platforming. This and missed gameplay opportunities don't stop the game from being a cute and compelling 3D platformer. Exploring a civilisation built upon books and rulers is a delight to travel around and unwind with of an evening.

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8 / 10
Sep 10, 2022

As a whole, Tinykin is more than just a wholesome, stress-free 3D platformer or 'Pikmin Lite'; it's a lesson in appreciating the simple things in life, including the help from those around you. Even with a mass of collectables and a free-flowing storyline to follow, Tinykin never feels cluttered or overwhelming. Despite feeling a lot like a certain Nintendo series when you first pick it up, the game has enough of a unique identity to separate itself from the pack, offering a pleasant, pure platforming spin on Pikmin.

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Jake Su
Top Critic
4 / 5.0
Sep 5, 2022

At first glance, Tinykin might appear overwhelming with its various tinykin mechanics and the collectibles to find, but somehow, the game keeps you moving at a steady but still entertaining pace. At its bare minimum, you will still get at least six hours of fun trying to get Milo home. However, decide to go full completionist, and you can add a couple of hours to the total playtime and more satisfaction from solving tougher puzzles. And while it may not necessarily have that strategic component of Pikmin, Tinykin makes the most of its take on the genre while adding its own adorable mascots for one of the best 3D platformers in recent years, especially on Game Pass.

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7.5 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2022

Tinykin delivers a fun-sized chunk of satisfying 3D-platforming joy for all ages. Its charming cartoonish visuals and delightful cast of insectoids are bursting with personality and whimsy. While it doesn't provide much of a platforming challenge and drags its feet a bit through some repetitive escort missions, it's impossible not to smile at this joyous mini-world of anxious dung beetles and partying silverfish. A relaxing, cozy little adventure that will entertain the young-at-heart.

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8 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2022

Tinykin is a fun platformer with smooth controls, fun graphics, and stress-free gameplay. It's a great game to pick up and play on the go.

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