Games of the Year 2022: Tinykin

Tinykin is an interesting game that I almost chose not to write about for this list.  You'll see shortly that it ended up near the bottom of my list.  But the more I thought about it, the more I realized it was doing something interesting that deserves some acknowledgement.  And that was my goal with this running this during the year.  I wanted to highlight my favorite games while also highlighting games that ultimately didn't click with me when I tried them but were doing something noteworthy.

Tinykin reimagines what a Pikman style game can be and do.  That's the reason I wanted to give it some acknowledgement.  Pikman doesn't have many games like it and all of the Nintendo Pikman games follow a very similar formula.  You collect Pikman within a level and have to accomplish some collecting objectives within a time limit.

Tinykin takes the core idea of Pikman, that idea of gathering a small army of different and useful creatures that follow you around and are at your command, and places it into a much more open structure.  It's not exactly open world but it's more like an open level design of something like Banjo Kazooie.  It's a really interesting take on what you can do with these core mechanics.

If any of that sounds interesting to you, this one is out on Game Pass to try without a lot of commitment.  In that respect, it's an easy recommendation.  Go sample it if you're interested!

That being said, for me, it's landing third from the bottom on my list:

  1. Elden Ring
  2. FFXIV Endwalker
  3. Citizen Sleeper
  4. The Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe
  5. Horizon Forbidden West
  6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge
  7. Pokémon Legends: Arceus
  8. Chrono Cross: Radical Dreamers Edition
  9. Cult of the Lamb
  10. Neon White
  11. Halo Infinite
  12. Vampire Survivors
  13. Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin
  14. Cyberpunk 2077
  15. Forza Horizon 5 Hot Wheels DLC
  16. Triangle Strategy
  17. Mario Strikers: Battle League
  18. Multiversus Pre-Season
  19. Stray
  20. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  21. Nobody Saves the World
  22. Unpacking
  23. Tinykin
  24. Total War: Warhammer 3
  25. Tunic
I played a few hours of Tinykin and appreciated what it was doing, but didn't actually have a ton of fun with it.  I needed the platforming to be more compelling or the level design to be more interesting.  I would honestly love to see what they do with a sequel if they end up making one.


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