It’s time we looked at a game that very few people may have heard of. Not many gamers are aware this even exists. Tinker is different because it’s free. Yes, that’s right, free. The game is free once you have downloaded the games for windows client which is also free and seems a small price to pay, doesn’t it?
The game itself has hours of cognitive puzzles to work through and many training levels to master. Tinker also supports achievements, which pleases those gamers who are hungry for gamerscore. In the game you control a small retro-styled robot and move it around a level activating levers and stepping on buttons to complete objectives. Also the robot is limited to a certain number of moves in each level which deepens the gameplay further and adds a strategy element. But don’t let this bore you as each level is different, and, in the later stages of the game, the robot can trigger flamethrowers that can melt giant ice cubes which unlock alternate pathways. In each environment there are several objects/items scattered around the level for you to collect. Although these items don’t affect the game in anyway, it would have been nice to receive an achievement for collecting all of them in every level. Once you have completed each level successfully the little toy robot performs a classic dance move, which never becomes tiresome.
The overall appearance of Tinker is very minimalistic, which adds character to this humble game that would appeal to anyone. As you progress in the game you notice how each element in the game reacts and you begin to understand the complex mechanisms of Tinker. The entire game is played upon a wooden surface with an exposed clockwork apparatus. This operates a timer on the opposite side of the wooden block that counts the number of steps made by the robot and shows how many it has remaining. Every part of the game is beautiful right down to the background image displayed behind the wooded platform. The art style is truly unique.
Next, we have the soundtrack that fits in perfectly with the gameplay, as each sound effect complements the in-game music. It never becomes annoying nor does it distract you from the game itself which makes this game like a breath of fresh air to play. At times during my playthrough of Tinker I experienced long silences where the soundtrack seems to be nonexistent. I’m still not sure if that was intended for concentration purposes or just a bug, either way I would still recommend this game to anyone.