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Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers

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Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers is a puzzle action game that stars Tiny, an inventor who had his Grandpa's underpants stolen by Big. The underwear provide tremendous powers and Tiny has to chase Big down through six levels to reclaim them. The game is built around destructible environments that can be reshaped by cutting them with a laser.

Most of the rocks and walls in the surroundings can be sliced in any direction, in any size and multiple times, and physics then cause the pieces to slide or fall apart. That way, puzzles need to be solved by creating constructions, removing objects, and devising custom platforms and bridges. Cutting is done by drawing a line with the mouse and determining the direction and the size. Once an item has been cut up, Tiny can push it in any direction or pull it using a grappling rope. Objects that are farther can also be shoved by shooting a rocket and then igniting it. In later levels Tiny is harassed by Big and needs to cut up rocks as they are hurled towards him. Big is the only opponent in the game and he is not present in all levels, the focus is mainly on progressing past obstacles in the environment and solving puzzles.

After the initial level where the mechanics are introduced, Tiny receives hints over the radio from his taxi robot. The game's art style has a comic book look with cel-shaded edges and visual sound words. Despite the sandbox possibilities most of the levels are set along a linear path, but with different options to approach the situation. The game's soundtrack is provided through fifteen tapes that are found throughout the game. Each tape provides an additional song and the player can cycle between them using a tape recorder. The general path is shown through collectible rocks and the game contains achievements.


Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers Windows Cutting open a large wall.
Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers Windows The first level offers a large amount of freedom to experiment with the different techniques to alter the environment. Here, Tiny is pushing a block.
Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers Windows Another fight with Big at the end of the level
Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers Windows Introduction sequence

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GamingIllustrated.com Windows Jun 29, 2012 83 out of 100 83
4Players.de Windows Jun 18, 2012 80 out of 100 80
GamesRadar Windows Jul 15, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Vandal Online Windows Jul 10, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Destructoid Windows Jul 12, 2012 7.5 out of 10 75
gamrReview Windows Jul 22, 2012 7.2 out of 10 72
Metro.co.uk Windows Jul 16, 2012 7 out of 10 70
PC Games (Germany) Windows Jul, 2012 69 out of 100 69
XGN Windows Jul 24, 2012 6.5 out of 10 65
Splitkick Windows Jun 28, 2012 5 out of 10 50


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