Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops (PS3) Review

Justin Celani

Miniature warfare.

Tiny Troopers is a bit of a conundrum for me. I’ve played it on the PC over a year ago, and now we have a new version aka Joint Ops with all the content offered before for one low price. Is it worth it? My time on the PC was enjoyable by my biggest thought jumping into this was “How will it control on consoles?” So grab your gear ladies and gentleman, and drop right into the warzone.

The core game play is very reminiscent of a twin stick shooter, much to my surprise as the PC was more in style of a simplistic, tactical point and click game. Here we have the player controlling various troopers with the left stick and shooting with the right. This actually works in favor for the game and was way more enjoyable for me, color me surprised. When having more than one trooper, the group just travels together. I figured it would feel a bit clunky, but it didn’t.

I got your papers right here!

MSRP: $7.99
Platforms: PS4, PS3, PS Vita
Time to beat: 5-7 hours
Price I would pay: $ 7.99

As players progress through the two different campaigns featuring various missions, they’ll be exposed to the different mission objectives. Some have players simply killing all enemies, the other have them blowing up buildings. As players collect items, kills enemies, and progress, they gain points which can be used to upgrade shooting speed, movement, and other stats. This is also how one buys new weapons and restocks their ammo. Mid game, players simply go to the menu store, buy it, wait for the drop to parachute down and continue.

I couldn’t get over how much more I was enjoying this game as a twin stick shooter, but the core issues I had with the PC version remain. Missions are broken down into levels. Most of the levels are pretty short, some ranging much longer than others. The problem is that when all troopers died, I got a game over and had to start over. It’s not a major issue but can still stink getting to the end and having to start all over. The sound effects are appropriate but the soundtrack is lacking, though the cute little sounds of the soldiers do make me laugh.

This can’t be safe.

The other issue I had with the game was from a visual standpoint and theme. The graphics here are very basic. Texture work was simple. It had an almost cartoon look to it, which was fine. The fact that it goes for a more serious theme of war and cute style just seemed extremely conflicting to me. It doesn’t harm the game; it just always made me feel at odds with the theme. It’s just a game but it still seems hard for me to ignore or get over. I’m at war, but it’s adorable.

Tiny Troopers has a great deal of content for a small price. You get two twin stick shooter campaigns with leveling up, various missions, and even a few unlockables like a zombie horde mode. I feel the game sets out what it wants to accomplish and I had a better time with it on PS3 versus PC. For the price and the amount of game play here, highly recommend this to any fan of the genre.

Review copy of game provided by publisher.

Good

  • Twin Stick Controls
  • Level up system and shop
  • Simple but fun with over 50 missions

Bad

  • Very basic visuals
  • Starting missions over
  • OST lacking
7

Good

Justin Celani

Justin is a long time passionate fan of games, not gaming drama. He loves anything horror related, archaeology inspired adventures, RPG goodness, Dr Pepper, and of course his family. When it comes to crunch time, he is a beast, yet rabies free we promise.

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