Teeny Tiny Trials

By John Walker on March 18th, 2009 at 12:56 pm.

I'm embarrassing.

Here’s your dumb distraction for lunchtime: Tinymania’s Tiny Trials. It’s a collection of micro-Flash games, with some sort of global leaderboard to compete against. Think Wario Ware, with a mouse and keyboard, on a PC, without the minds behind Wario Ware.

The Wario Ware comparison isn’t going to help any team – Nintendo’s first GBA Wario Ware was a thing of such masterful brilliance that all that follows looks wane. Including most the subsequent Wario Ware games. That’s not to say this isn’t distracting fun for a bit. For about 50 games, I’d say. After that point it begins to repeat incessantly, which wouldn’t be a huge problem if the games had slight variations. Sadly, they don’t, meaning you start to remember puzzles, and solve them before they’ve finished appearing on screen. Others, like the shooting galleries, are just dull to play more than once.

However, there’s a few smart games in there. Especially one where you guide two prisoners through two different mazes, but at the same time using the same controls. There’s also the rather smart idea of having sponsored puzzles, with links to other games from which the mini-game was sourced. A lot more of this, I’d suggest at least another 100 puzzles in the mix, and this would be recommended. As it is, it’s simply a brief flitter.

None of which explains my pathetic need to be number 1 on the high score board, to the point where I played for the bulk of an hour, sighing at playing the same puzzle for the 14th time, and yet carrying on out of idiotic bloody-mindedness. To discover there’s a position 0 above 1. I dare someone to have the stupid patience to beat me. Via the lovely bods at IndieGames.

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10 Comments »

  1. Haml3t says:

    Leaderboards…there’s just something about them.

  2. MacBeth says:

    Was about to break into the Top 40 when the stats broke and everyone was on NaN%…

  3. graham says:

    Such a great way to aid my general work procrastination. For a few minutes work I reached 90 odd in the table. I’ll push on when the office emptys out a little.

  4. A-Scale says:

    That got really annoying really quickly. I like the leaderboard idea though.

  5. Tonamel says:

    The answer is ALWAYS 16. What’s the deal with that?

  6. Ziv says:

    ‘EFFING FIRST PLACE!!!!!!!
    sunk freaking 110 minutes into it!!!!!
    gets repetitive pretty fast… but the real time scoreboard is really awesome!
    btw there isn’t a first place. it’s so depressing to find that out.

  7. Hypocee says:

    Hm! I like the ‘photographing Sasquatch’ and ‘mouse-following racecar’ ones.

  8. Dorian Cornelius Jasper says:

    @Ziv: I just spent almost an hour on the game before realizing that.

    [spoiler]And it’s pretty funny when you realize the answer to the egg quiz is always 16.[/spoiler]

    EDIT: Blast, someone already mentioned that.

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