Tina’s Toy Factory Review (PS4)

Tina's Toy Factory

This was another game that I picked up on sale a few weeks ago. There were actually four games that I picked up on sale, this game, Baseball Riot, Puzzle Showdown 4k, and Lara Croft Go. I’ve completed most of these games and you can read my review of Baseball Riot here. Anyway, it’s hard for me to miss out on a sale and I’ve been looking at this game for a while now. The price was right for this game and so was the timing so I picked it up.

Side Note: For some reason I keep wanting to call this game Tiny Tina’s Toy Factory. It’s probably because I’m a huge Borderlands fan, but just thinking about it for a moment. How fun would that actually be? You would play in this crazy toy factory making these crazy ass toys that only Tiny Tina could come up with. Of course most of them would have bombs in them or something else just as deadly, but that’s what Tiny Tina does. Anyway, moving onto the review.

If you’re looking for a game with story then look somewhere else because this game doesn’t have it. There are 100 levels and you get thrown into level one without an explanation so you’ll just go on your way following the first few levels as tutorials before moving onto the next level, which is similar to the one before, and then the next level which is also similar to the one before, and then the next level, which surprise is also similar to the one before.

This game follows the same pattern as other games in this category such as Bejeweled and Candy Crush, but there’s a little twist because sometimes you have to create toys. I don’t know why you’re creating toys, but you are. While there are 100 levels for you to complete, I got bored after level 36. I had already got the trophies that were solo and figured I was done with this game because it was the same thing over and over again without any creativity at all. There could have been something to make this game stand out, maybe Tina has a deadline and has to create these toys because if she doesn’t there will be no toys ever made again! Anything to keep this game interesting, but it’s just not there.

The gameplay is simple and if you’ve played games similar to this one you’ll know how to play because they all follow the same mechanics. Match three pieces together and score some points, match more than three pieces together and get a special piece. The only thing that’s different is the toy building if you can even call it that.

The graphics for this game are simple. I understand it’s a simple game and it has simple graphics, but seriously I hate to be insulting but it looks like a 5 year old made them. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t expecting AAA game type graphics but I wasn’t expecting the graphics that came out of this game either. It felt like no effort went into the graphics which basically matched the whole game itself.

Play this game and do everything the almighty list of trophies tells you to do and you’ll have yourself 12 super simple trophies that will only take up anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours to complete. I finished this game in 2 ½ hours, but that was only because I was in search of a co-op partner for the co-op trophies.

While there is no online competitive mode for this game, there is good old-fashioned couch co-op or you can always use SharePlay. Shout out to LMD for helping me with the two co-op trophies for this game. Now the co-op is basically the same as the rest of the game but instead of playing against yourself you’re playing against another player to see who can complete the objective the quickest. While this does add some excitement to this overall boring game, it’s not enough to keep going and actually finish all the levels.

Overall I give this game a 1 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ I never thought I would say this, but the co-op portion actually made this game a little more fun even if it was for a short period of time.

What’s Not So Great:
No story, nothing to introduce you to the game, you just jump in and start doing what the game tells you to do.
Less than halfway through the game it becomes extremely boring and there’s no reason to continue playing.
Boring graphics to go along with a boring game.

I’ve seen this game on sale a lot and it’s not a surprise now to actually know why. Even at $2.99, which is the original price for this game, it’s not worth it. It’s not even worth what I paid for it which was well under $1.00. There is nothing remotely interesting about this game and it’s a complete waste of time. I know it only took 2 ½ hours to complete, but that’s 2 ½ hours that I can never get back. Unless you want some easy trophies and don’t mind being bored to death, I would recommend staying the hell away from this game.


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