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:
- Elden Ring
- FFXIV Endwalker
- Citizen Sleeper
- The Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe
- Horizon Forbidden West
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge
- Pokémon Legends: Arceus
- Chrono Cross: Radical Dreamers Edition
- Cult of the Lamb
- Neon White
- Halo Infinite
- Vampire Survivors
- Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin
- Cyberpunk 2077
- Forza Horizon 5 Hot Wheels DLC
- Triangle Strategy
- Mario Strikers: Battle League
- Multiversus Pre-Season
- LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
- Nobody Saves the World
- Total War: Warhammer 3