The Last Tinker: City of Colors
Top Critic Average
I'd easily recommend the title to anyone who enjoys classic platforming/action games from days gone by – the positive message and pure fun of it only add on to the value.
While the game lacks some of the stronger story beats or super-refined combat, it remains strongly developed and interesting to play. I found myself surprised by the charm The Last Tinker oozes at every step, be it the breathtakingly colorful visuals or the varied and exciting soundtrack.
With a dash of Psychonauts, a sprinkle of Assassin's Creed, and a pinch of Beyond Good and Evil, The Last Tinker: City of Colors from Mimimi Productions is a treat wrapped in an interesting and...
The Last Tinker: City of Colors is best shared with friends or family who enjoy a good story and pretty artwork. It's not difficult, it's not aggressive, and it's not online, so it definitely belongs in the gentler category of family games like the Lego series.
Despite some small issues, The Last Tinker: City of Colors will offer platforming fans a healthy amount of charm, creativity, and fun.
If anything, The Last Tinker: City of Colors is a nice tribute to the wonderful 3D platformers of yesteryear. It's just a pick-up-and-play kind of game, void of overly complex gameplay and intense narrative. It will remind you of why you started playing games, especially on the PlayStation system.
Don't let those minor complaints put you off as this is a gentle and entertaining romp through a fantastically realised world. The art-style and characters make it a special experience and even though the final few levels are a bit of a let-down with their formulaic design, The Last Tinker is worth picking up just to drink in its handcrafted visuals and feel-good vibe - when was the last time someone said that about a videogame?
The Last Tinker: City of Colors is a throwback to a simpler time in gaming. Complex, harrowing storylines can be absolutely fantastic, but sometimes it's nice to relax into a charming tale.
The combination of uplifting and catchy tunes and vivid visuals make the platformer a veritable treat, especially for nostalgics of a day when Mario and Donkey Kong were setting the tone of the adventure.
If you consider yourself an adult, say anywhere between the ages of 18 and yet-to-expire, I dare say that you are burdened by an inner-child, a nostalgic whisper that reminds of a simpler lifestyle, fantastical expectations, and games that made you feel adventurous, alive. If this is indeed true of you, The Last Tinker: City of Colors may speak, though softly, to this nostalgia with its energetic world, painted fisticuffs, and streamlined acrobatics. Or if you're just looking for an entertaining game for both you and your youngster, Koru is a hero who can effortlessly shuffle to and fro age boundaries.