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Tiny Brains can be pretty fun when played with others, especially on the same computer. When played alone, it's an annoying affair and its repetitive puzzles do nothing to redeem it. Throw in the clunky sequences where you have to move big balls or protect tiny chicks and you won't have that much fun with it.
Tiny Brains may not appear to the most sophisticated game for a next-gen console, but it just about does enough to earn its place in the early stages of the PS4's life-cycle. It may be too short, but it attempts to make up for that with a decent variety of extra modes and a very well implemented group dynamic. A decent little puzzler with a good sense of humour and, more importantly, a sense of its own identity, Tiny Brains is worth picking up and blasting through over a weekend or two, but without friends you'll only be getting half the package.
Some clever puzzles are interspersed with more exciting challenges that are interesting when playing both alone and with friends. There's nothing particularly new on offer here, but it's a decent platform puzzle game, especially on the software-short PS4.
Tiny Brains definitely isn't great. In fact, it's not even very good. However, for the group of friends that opt to enjoy it together, it may just provide enough laughs for a decent night in. Technical issues, an extortionate price point, and a slender running time mean that you should approach with caution – but if you're looking for something to play with your buddies, then you may enjoy the experience all the same. Just like Facebook and instant soup, this experiment is very much what you make of it.
Tiny Brains is a solid puzzle game and a lot of fun with friends, but the high price, lack of puzzle variety, and short length hold it back from the PSN greats.
Tiny Brains succeeds in providing a resurrecting to the on-the-couch party genre, which I haven't enjoyed since the original Mario Party. Although the game is functional with less than four players or when playing online, the experience is completely different. I'm a huge supporter of online multiplayer, but Tiny Brains is the perfect game to spend a weekend playing with friends and family squeezed together in the same room.
Problems aside, Tiny Brains is an undeniably enjoyable experience. While it may not amaze you, it'll definitely be worth your time if you and a few friends are looking to have a go at a co-op puzzle experience that isn't extremely demanding.
Tiny Brains is well-designed and uses four mechanics for combat, puzzle solving and tower defense, which is a commendable feat. The writing is sharp, and the aesthetics may not be the best next-gen showcase, but are gorgeous. The game gets the majority of everything it tries undoubtedly right, but somehow is forgettable in the sea of other games that came out this year, and I can only attribute that to its reliance on "thinking with portals".
Tiny Brains is big on personality but short on intellect.
[I]f you have some friends over or some online buddies that have the game and want to have a decent time solving puzzles while trying not to kill one another, Tiny Brains offers some decent fun.