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The Last Tinker: City of Colors (2014) is an adventure game set in the brightly painted world of Colortown. Play involves traversing the levels by climbing and battling enemies. It brings to mind classic 90s games like Banjo-Bazooie but makes the adventure approachable for younger players with simple controls and no timed jumps.

You play Koru, who lives in Colortown where everything is made from paper. Each of your fellow residents represents a specific colour in the community (red lizards, blue bears and green rabbits). After being tricked into turning the world black and white you set out to bring back colour to the people of Colortown.

Play is simple and streamlined. While those looking for a challenge may baulk at this (as many reviewers did) for younger players this is perfect. The silly plot is matched with gameplay that wants you to succeed and progress. You simply hold down a button to leap from platform to platform with no timing required.

As you progress you work to find the paths to each new area and the many crystals hidden along the way. This takes some trial and error as each level is large and has lots of hidden areas to find. As you go new challenges are added for each different area. Sliding on rails, riding creatures and expanding your attacks keep things fresh - while staying true to its simple approachable beginning. Combat also develops as you gain powers with some nice touches like becoming able to make enemies run away in fear, freeze them or even stop time entirely.

The result is a game that's easy to criticise for its basic nature. But this is to miss the point. It offers a welcoming and simple first experience for new and young players. It's no Jack and Daxter or Banjo-Kazooie. But actually has something more needed by families - an approachable game that can be enjoyed by a wide range of abilities.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Last Tinker: City of Colors a year ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated a year ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure, Platform and Traversal game with Collecting, Fighting and Narrative elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 6 hours and 7 hours to complete. Can take up to 12 hours to see everything.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for violence.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated General (G) for very mild violence and language.

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to be able to cope with choices and reactions in battles. Getting around the world is easier without the need to perform timed jumps.

CostsCosts

The Last Tinker: City of Colors usually costs £16.99.
 

The Last Tinker: City of Colors

Steam Store PC £16.99
Steam Store Mac £16.99
PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 12/04/2014

Out Now: Mac, PC and PS4

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Platform, Traversal (Collecting, Fighting and Narrative)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Hand-Made

Developer: Mimimi Prod (@MimimiProd)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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