The Last Tinker: City of Colors (PC) Review

A simplistic, yet colorful time.

I had never heard of The Last Tinker, but after doing some research on it, it has been in development for quite some time. As I do with all games, I’ll give them the old college try, and with The Last Tinker, I came out a little surprised but not very challenged in the end.

The first thing players will notice is the colorful art style, and that’s what this game is all about. It almost reminded me of De Blob. The exaggerated colors and unique look to all the characters is a big standout.

Carry me away.

Jack of all trades. Master of none.

Breaking down into platforming, combat and puzzle solving, the game never gets very complicated. Most of the platforming can be triggered with a single trigger hold where everything is done automatically. Combat plays a lot like a very simplistic Arkham game where Koru (the protagonist) sort of slides to enemies. The puzzles are where things get a bit more complicated, but not by much.

Platforms: PC
Multiplayer: N/A
Demo: N/A
MSRP: $21.99
What I’d pay: $15
Length: 5-7 hours

Koru utilizes the power of color to both help in combat as well as solve puzzles. While they may not be brain busters, the puzzles offer up some challenge with some clever twists.

City of Colors.

I have already talked about the art style but it needs to be emphasized, it is a very colorful game. While it may not be the best looking game out there, it has a very pretty style going for it that I really enjoyed. The original soundtrack was also very well done and fit the game nicely.

The story is also rather simple but has an underlying theme of the presence of and dealing with racism that is implied and handled rather tastefully in a more kid-friendly manner. It is an interesting way to show it, but it worked without ever feeling forced.

Smell that sweet night air…wait a minute.

Give me a challenge.

Due to the platforming and combat being so simplistic, The Last Tinker doesn’t offer much of a challenge. It would have been nice to try out some more tricky platforming without only having to hold down the right trigger, and while the combat gets a bit more advanced when new color powers come into play, it is still a rather easy feat to conquer.

The Last Tinker is not going to give action fans and people looking for a challenge a ton, but it does offer up a rather fun and interesting game that has both a great art style and a nice, kid-friendly story at a casual pace. Still, for the price they’re charging on Steam, it is a bit much, but not by much.

Review copy of game provided by publisher.

  • Wonderful art style
  • Clever puzzles
  • Color powers
  • Interesting story take
  • Overly simplistic platforming
  • Some what shallow combat
  • Not very challenging
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