"Tiny Brains" is a cooperative action puzzler that follows four super-powered lab animals in their attempt to escape a mad scientist's experiments. In this joyously chaotic multiplayer game, the four "Tiny Brains" must combine their unique physics-based powers to navigate through a trick-ridden maze.
User reviews: Very Positive (158 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 11, 2013

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“Tiny Brains is some of the most blindly entertaining co-op action you can find”
Co-optimus

“The game is a blast with other players, and the wide variety of challenges should keep you playing for hours”
Destructoid

“Spearhead Games has done a pretty phenomenal job of creating a four-player puzzle experience that works with any combination of participants — or even alone.”
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About This Game

"Tiny Brains" is a cooperative action puzzler that follows four super-powered lab animals in their attempt to escape a mad scientist's experiments. In this joyously chaotic multiplayer game, the four "Tiny Brains" must combine their unique physics-based powers to navigate through a trick-ridden maze. All of the puzzles in "Tiny Brains" can be solved multiple ways depending on how groups combine their powers. The game has competitive and challenging fast paced communicative play along with simple controls so players of any level can jump right in.

KEY GAMEPLAY FEATURES
• Cooperative Gaming: Tiny Brains requires players to collaborate and put their heads together to overcome physics-based obstacles. With each player controlling a different superpower – Create, Force, Vortex and Teleport – the Tiny Brains must work as a team to move forward and escape the scientist’s deadly labyrinth of mazes.

• Play It Your Way: All of the puzzles in Tiny Brains can be solved multiple ways depending on how groups combine their powers. The co-op level design creates dynamic, emergent gameplay, whether advancing through the campaign mode, beating time-based challenges, or competing in endless levels.

• Whimsical World: To escape the mad scientist’s lair, players explore a colorful world of Popsicle stick-like ice pops, duct tape, tiny cages and Rube Goldberg machines. The zany art style gives rise to a slew of slightly mutated, yet oddly cute, playable characters.

• Hardcore to Casual: Tiny Brains eggs on hardcore gamers with competitive leaderboards and fast-paced communicative play, challenging them to combine their powers as efficiently as possible. At the same time, the game has simple controls and physics-based mechanics that make it easy for casual and less-experienced gamers to jump right in.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: P4 3 Ghz or Athlon 3400
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB Video Memory with Shader Model 3.0 support; ATI Radeon X1600XT / NVIDEA GeForce 7800GS
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
29 of 30 people (97%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Personal Rating" Grab it whilst on sale"
Traditional Rating: 6.5/10
Genre: Co-op/Single Player Puzzler

Tiny Brains, the puzzle adventure from Spearhead Games, fits squarely into the category Portal/Portal 2, Quantum Conundrum and Q.U.B.E occupy and whilst it's definitely the weakest link when compared to any of the above it's still certainly worth a play-through if you enjoy these kinds of humorous cerebral experiences. While the game is playable in single-player you are definitely going to want to round up three other friends because this is where Tiny Brains comes alive much like Portal 2 did once you stepped into the shoes of either ATLAS or P-BODY.

Much of Tiny Brains humor comes from experimenting with different possible solutions to the tasks you face and with three friends involved this can often be a laugh-out-loud riot. I will admit there were times my sides were nearly splitting from laughing so much at what had just befallen one of my online team mates or even one of my own silly foibles that lead to my untimely death that had the rest of the group roaring with laughter.

Tiny Brains sees you take on one of four different mice who have each been genetically altered by a mad scientist. Each mouse comes with a single physics-based power that must be used in conjunction with the other mice's power and/or environment in order to navigate their way through the challening and often barking-mad labyrinth the scientist has set up for them in an attempt to escape the laboratory they find themselves imprisoned in.

As the players advance, the puzzles that require solving become a little tougher and more interesting ways for your little charge to meet his untimely end are introduced. My personal favorite was either flinging or being flung under a piston like object that if not done done correctly would see the one being flung squashed to bits. The puzzles do get interesting the further along you progress but none of them stood out in the same way the puzzles from Portal 2 or Quantum Conundrum did although there were many times the team was left scratching theirs heads, furiously trying to think of the solution in an attempt to outwit one another.

Where Tiny Brains falters is with its glitches and bugs galore - of which there are too many to mention and this somewhat dampens the players will to continue. Net-code is also a bit creaky often resulting in players lagging terribly or getting lost entirely as connections drop. If it were not for these problems I would most certainly have given Tiny Brains a solid 7 out of 10 but for now I would suggest that this is definitely one worth picking up on a sale. Better yet pick up three other copies and gift to three friends because you are bound to get a good few laughs out of it in the process.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
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As i stated in my old review (that you can find below) this is a very funny game.
But it's only playable to a certain point. Lags will hinder you to play the challenges (roughly 50% of the game), some people can't connect to each other and are theirefore unable to play the game at all and the developer doesn't really care about all this. So they abandoned this game for their new project.
You want a decent coop game? As funny this game does look, it's not worth your money. Don't buy this one and get something else.

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If you didn't picked up this game yet you missed a very well executed coop game. There is nothing bad to say. Get a friend or 3 and play and laugh along with them.

+ Good music & sounds
+ Nice & Cute graphics
+ Well designed puzzles
+ Coop with much fun and laughter

- Every now and then i experienced a latency lag spike in online games but it's not game breaking nor does it kill the fun. So everything's just fine.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Local co-op is completely borked.
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1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
a Really Good Co-op Game , but its short sadly , if u have somone to play with i recommend u to buy it with him :)
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4.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Fun but needs fixing for co-op.
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
Buyer Beware! Check the game for updates. I bought the game during steam sale for $2, and I didn't check.

If the most recent update is still Mar 27, 2014, then multiplayer over internet is broken (players can not join a game over the internet, they get dropped from the game and sent back to the lobby) leaving you unable to play with friends (you will be sad).
On the forums, the Developer promised an update in the beginning of April, but it has never shipped, and the game is still broken.

Tl;Dr: If the game was last updated Mar 27, 2014, Multiplayer is broken, don't buy it until it is fixed by the developer. (14 weeks and counting)
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
This game is a blast to play, though it was a little glitchy/laggy at times. This was to be expected though, as my friends and I were playing co-op over not necessarily so good internet connections, but it didn't detract from the game very much. We were all extremely sad to realize that there was no way to do Tiny Soccer or Troll Mode via online connections, however, as we worked hard to get all 20 cheeses and had been so excited to get to play Troll Mode together and just be ridiculous derps. It would be amazing if online co-op for these modes could be enabled, as we all would probably play the game for many more hours as a result. Otherwise it was a great challenge, and we had a ton of fun shouting at each other over skype to do this or be this Tiny Brain. :)
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Great co-op fun. Laughs to be had, rewarding challenges to be completed. Reminicient of co-op portal.

Very fun, but you should get 1-3 friends to join you.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Only about 2-3 hours long, but this is a fun little local co-op title. Worth it on sale.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Fun game to play with friends! Somewhat like portal without the portals.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Can be a little annoying and laggy. But all round pretty good.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Bought this on a whim and holy crap, it's a hilariously cute co-op that you can have a blast playing with friends or family. Definite must buy for gamer parents with gamer kids as it's a great mix of the mad cap, challenge and sheer chaos wrapped up in an adorable package. Can't emphasize it enough--this game is great! I ended up buying it for myself and then bought a couple more copies for family within the first 10 minutes of playing it. :D The funniest part? Feeling bad that we bought it while it was on sale because honestly, it's worth its full price. LOL
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
This is one of the best games to play with a friend!
It's light-hearted and funny, has a cute art style and can be quite challenging at times.

I highly reccomend it, and make sure to grab a copy for your friend too!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
FUR DUH LELZ lelelelel 10/10 / bananas cream
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Awesome Game, loads of fun with friends.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Barely an hour and a half long (played with one other person, the fact it has FOUR player co-op blows my mind) incredibly simplistic puzzles, and then really shoddy online combined with wonky physics leaving us both just going "what?" during half the game. On top of all of that visual glitches occuring during the final encounter made it far more difficult than it actually was, on top of wonky physics. Nevermind the fact that the controls in general are bad. Aiming the powers is a nightmare half the time and switching characters isn't good either.

I only spent 99¢ and I regret it!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Love the game beat it with some friends. The puzzles where great had to be quick with grabbing, pulling, porting,Freeze-jumping. The fun never ended with this game .

I have one problem , till now i cant start a new game looked online and found nothing . One you beat this game know there is no going back (that i know of ). But all and all great game.
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
Seems like it's only designed for 4 players. Not a lot of fun with 2 players. Disappointed that they didn't tune the game for 1-3 players as well.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
4/10
"Just get Trine1/2 (Portal1/2), and you'll have much much more fun²."

Tiny Brains is a coop puzzlers with less brain. The trailer is misleading and fun doesn't come up, at all. Just grab another title, of your choice.

Cons:
- have you seen one, have you seen all
- trailer is missleading (people=have fun)
- puzzles are boring
- no innovations
- boring in total

Pros:
+ 4player online&offline coop
+ good graphics
+ okay sound
+ okay controls

Definately keep your hands off!
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
The game was worth the 2 bucks I paid for it, but I wouldn't recommend it for full price. This game is WAAAAAAY short.
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