Preview: Tiny Brains Ben Rayner 7 October, 2013 Previews Have you ever wondered what happens during animal testing? The poor mice and guinea pigs that go through some arduous times must end up somewhere right?Well if Tiny Brains is to be believed, they all end up with crazy super powers and earn their freedom through working together to solve some rather crazy puzzles. Okay, it’s a bit far-fetched, but even if it’s all untrue, it’s one damn good puzzler and hugely addictive! The unusual heroes. Each creature of science has their own power from creating huge frozen blocks which double as handy little steps to a mouse who can teleport and switch himself for any object he can aim for. Alone these powers are pretty useless and somewhat odd, but together they form the perfect team to overcome all of the test labs obstacles. Tiny Brains can be played as a single-player experience, using the D-Pad to switch characters at will, and is still a fun and rewarding experience but playing with friends is definitely the only real way to go. Communication is the key of course, there’s no I in its spelling as everyone knows, but once your team begins to work like a well oiled machine the rewards feel endless. The game starts with some simple team work exercises such as standing on buttons in tandem, just to get the group together but eventually builds to more complex heights. The worst of which came as moving a huge ball up a ramp, forcing the team to pull together and create stoppers, holding the ball in place as we took it in turns to push, pull and teleport the sphere to its final resting spot. Plays like a charm with friends. Graphically Tiny Brains looks gorgeous, with a smooth and cool cell shaded look, it reminded me a lot of Fur Fighters brought up to speed with 2013 and the power this generations consoles can afford. With spot on sound effects, great animation and a bright, vibrant pallet I couldn’t fault it. Even watching others play felt nice and quickly sucked me into the experience. Shouting commands and advice in typical back seat gamer fashion, I felt like a general (although I’m sure others felt different). It’s clear that 505 Games know what they’re doing when it comes to a damn good downloadable experience. From the success of titles such as Payday: The Heist, the team have moved forward and gone for something completely fresh. Tiny Brains is looking like something a bit different to the normal co-op experience, but one that, if given the chance, I’m sure will prove to be a hit! Get a few mates round and some beers, then struggle to communicate coherently and set your animal pals free! Power to the animals!