Kukouri Mobile Entertainment – Wired Productions – PS3 (version tested), PS4 & Vita
Tiny Troopers Joint Ops is so called because it is in fact two games in one. Originally released as separate games on mobile devices, TT Joint Ops combines the games to make one entertaining package on Sony’s home and portable consoles. A twin stick shooter in which you guide a small army through several missions in a conflict that spans several environments, from jungles, deserts and snow covered mountains. The gameplay is quite basic, you guide a squad of up to four soldiers through certain missions, be it kill all enemy infantry in the area, destroy vehicles, rescue POW’s or even giving the press safe passage. It plays very well, but isn’t quite as fast paced or frantic as your usual dual stick shooter, with the pace of the game seeming somewhat leisurely next to other games of this type.
For a mobile game it looks quite impressive and translates well on to consoles, but it’s also pretty obvious that it came from mobile. The missions aren’t the longest, and you don’t always get many enemies on screen at once, but that’s not detrimental to the game, as the missions, for the majority, are good fun. As you’d probably expect with a name like Tiny Troopers, although it’s set in a war zone, the characters are quite cutesy, but that doesn’t mean the gameplay is. Although it is on the whole, quite a steady pace, there are moments where you have to take down waves of enemies, and if you only have one soldier at your disposal, things get get quite fraught, but you do have access to some artillery, so use it wisely. There’s even a zombie survival mode (standard with most shooters now, eh?) which, as it says on the tin, you have to survive a zombie onslaught. There’s wave after wave of them and they will eventually grind you down, but it is good fun. There’s customisation options for your troops, too. There’s a selection of uniforms and upgrades which are purchased from earning points in each mission. These are acquired through finishing the level as well as collecting pick ups throughout. There are also upgrades available to make your troops an eventual force to be reckoned with.
Tiny Troopers Joint Ops isn’t anything new or ground breaking, but what it lacks in originality it more than makes up for in simple gaming pleasure. From the get go it’s simple, pick up and play fun. It’s not overly involving or complicated and it is easy to pick up. Putting it down on the other hand is another issue. The game is prime example of ‘just one more go’. Before you know it you’ve completed another campaign, not just a level. If you’re looking for a bit of fun action that isn’t heavily reliant on story and cut scenes, then look no further than Tiny Trooper Joint Ops.