tiny thief
US iTunes, App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App Store

Format: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Developer: Rovio Stars LTD

Man it must be quite the daunting prospect being on the Rovio Stars developing team. And having to live up to the sky high expectations of what has come before them. Well their brand new game Tiny Thief does show that these guys do have that special Rovio magic that made Angry Birds such a great hit. I really did not know what to expect going into Tiny Thief, but I was left impressed with what I played.

The idea of Tiny Thief as I am sure you have guessed is that you play a thief. I am not sure if the guy you are playing as is supposed to be a kid or just some micro cute looking dude. Who is accompanied by his very cute looking pet. Either way he has that Rovio quality that you would expect a character of theirs to have. Anyway he is kind of like Robin Hood who goes around stealing from these jerks in a medieval setting. The game does look really nice. It’s not going to make you go wow, but at the same time it is very easy on the eyes. I will say that the animation is pretty much flawless. The story is really not that in depth, but it will make you smile.

I was a little surprised when I first started playing Tiny Thief. I must admit I ignorantly just thought that this game would be some kind of platform puzzle game hybrid, but it has far more in common with the old school point and click adventures. Which to me is a good thing as I am sucker for these types of games.

The game is full to the brim of puzzles that will see you needing to collect objects and interact with others. You will be going around clicking on everything trying to figure out what can be used and what cannot. Some levels are really easy and the puzzles are pretty self explanatory, but other ones are really tough and I have to be honest and this may just be me being a moron, but I had to use the hint system that the game has on offer to get past them. And I will also admit had I not used this then I would probably still be stuck now. Some puzzles though you can solve them with some trial and error.

Oh yeah one other thing I forgot to mention about the hint system is that you really need to make sure that if you are going to use a hint that you are really stuck. And I mean stuck beyond all hope. You see this game has a hint system that you can only use every four hours. I found this really bizarre and at first I flat out thought that it sucked, but after a while I must admit it did make me try harder with puzzles where if there was unlimited hints I probably would have just cheated.

I did have a great time playing this and I do think that it is one many people will be playing as a matter of fact it is as I write this the number one adventure game in the world on the iOS right now as I write this. If you are a fan of puzzle games and those old point and click adventure games then you will fall in love with this game. It looks like Rovio have another winner on their hands with Tiny Thief. At three bucks you are getting a very well made game that has a ton of game play.

US iTunes, App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App Store