The Last Tinker is a joyous platformer inspired by classics such as Jak and Daxter and Banjo Kazooie. Koru, a young boy from the slums of Colortown, must rise from his humble roots to tackle the Bleakness, a dark force intent on wiping out joy. Koru must use color and emotion to restore life to Colortown!
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Release Date: May 12, 2014
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June 13

Squash those bugs!

Did you have problems playing our joyous platformer, inspired by classics such as Jak and Daxter and Banjo Kazooie?

Thanks to the continuous feedback of our gamers we've been able to find and solve all the bugs that we are aware of. We also improved some features:

- Fixed a bug that would cause the game to freeze after selecting the difficulty in the main menu.
- A bug that could corrupt your save game in the Cave levels has been fixed.
- Mashing the "Use"-button will now skip dialogues faster.
- Koru's respawn behaviour has been improved to be more intuitive.
- The Security System occasionally didn't stop shooting, which has been fixed.
- Jumping from a Jump Pad sometimes didn't stop the "flying through the air" sounds after landing.

Please keep the feedback coming. We love to hear from you!

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May 9

The reviews are making us very proud

The press have finally got their hands on the game and we are blown away by the kindness and positivity being shown. This is just a very small slice of the reviews we've seen so far:

8/10 "the soundtrack by Filippo Beck Peccoz is absolutely amazing""

C& 8/10 - "Captures the magic of yesteryears platformers"

Noobfeed 9/10 "Live this: this is pure"

VentureBeat 80/100 "Qualifies as a modest work of art".

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“Captures the magic of yesteryears platformers...the soundtrack is outstanding”
8/10 – Computer And Video Games

“A downright pleasant experience full of charm and whimsy”
4/5 – Hardcoregamer

“The Last Tinker: City of Colors is an original creation that qualifies as a modest work of art”
80/100 – Venturebeat

The Last Tinker is winning awards!

Casual Connect, Best in Show - Casual Connect, Best Graphics - Indie Vault
Game Connection, Best Project - Game Connection
IGF Honorable Mention, Student Showcase 2012 - IGF

About This Game

Upcoming indie superstars Mimimi Productions present The Last Tinker: City of Colors.

A joyous platformer lovingly crafted in the image of all time classics such as Zelda, Jak and Daxter and Banjo Kazooie, The Last Tinker is a colorful adventure set in Colortown, a world built upon creativity, emotion and collaboration.

A dark force named The Bleakness has emerged and seeks to tear the colors apart, draining all joy and life from the world.
Koru, a young boy from the slums of Colortown, is forced to act. He embarks on an epic and one of a kind adventure to combat the Bleakness and to restore joy and color to his home.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP Service Pack 3 32-bit
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2.6 GHz / AMD Dual-Core Athlon 3.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM 3.0 with 512MB VRAM; NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT / AMD Radeon HD 4650 or greater
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard and mouse with mouse-wheel.
    • OS: Windows 7 or higher
    • Processor: Quad-Core Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM 3.0 with 1GB VRAM; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 / AMD Radeon HD 4830 or greater
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
    • Additional Notes: Xbox 360 controller.
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 640M / ATI Radeon HD 5750 with at least 512MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard and mouse with mouse-wheel.
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or higher
    • Processor: Quad-Core Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 640M / ATI Radeon HD 6750M with at least 1GB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: DUALSHOCK®3 Wireless - Controller.
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.10 LTS
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2.9 GHz / AMD Dual-Core 3.5 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM 3.0 with 512MB VRAM; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti / AMD Radeon HD 6670 or greater
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard and mouse with mouse-wheel. To run the game on a 64-bit system you have to install the 32-bit libraries. (sudo apt-get install libgtk2.0-0:i386 libpangox-1.0-0:i386 libpangoxft-1.0-0:i386 libidn11:i386 libglu1-mesa:i386, sudo apt-get install ia32-libs)
    • OS: Ubuntu 13.10
    • Processor: Quad-Core Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM 3.0 with 1GB VRAM; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 / AMD Radeon HD 7970 or greater
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Xbox 360 controller. Proprietary GPU drivers installed. To run the game on a 64-bit system you have to install the 32-bit libraries. (sudo apt-get install libgtk2.0-0:i386 libpangox-1.0-0:i386 libpangoxft-1.0-0:i386 libidn11:i386 libglu1-mesa:i386, sudo apt-get install ia32-libs)
Helpful customer reviews
45 of 52 people (87%) found this review helpful
18.7 hrs on record
The Last Tinker: City of Colors is a 3d action-platformer similar to Banjo-Kazooie and Wind Waker (Zelda) with an unique art style (think DR. Seuss) set in the gorgeous world of Colortown. The color palette consists of reds, blues, greens, purples, oranges, yellows, and whites. The video settings are standard PC options- VSync, Texture Quality, etc. The game runs great on almost all PCs and looks great with any settings option. The Last Tinker runs on the Unity engine, showing us the versatility of the engine and how good games look on it. The engine and graphics are great and are NOT outdated by any stretch of the imagination.

The Last Tinker's story is pretty straightforward and even sometimes "childlike" in it's presentation which is a downside, dealing with issues like racism, sadness, anger, and fear which is good for kids but doesn't feel the same for adults. But it makes up with funny and cute characters. The dialogue is cringe-worthy and some of the characters are really annoying and cliched to the 'T'. But I absolutely LOVE the world and the lore of this universe. There are three spirits in The Last Tinker, each has a different punch, a different special move, and a different problem to solve. You will find them throughout the story. There is the Red Spirit- Anger, the Green Spirit- Fear, and the Blue Spirit- Sadness. Each spirit is in charge of their own districts. Red Lizards (Red District), Blue Bears (Blue District), and Green Turtle-things (Green District). Which has torn Colortown apart and it's your job, as a Tinker, to bring them back together and to defeat the Bleakness (White).

Sound is top notch, music is phenomenal, and the voice acting is comprised of oohs, awws, chirps, and other noises. I don't like the VA but you can easily turn it off in the options menu and still have SFX and music on. The music is your typical PS2 platforming game OST with some groovy and immersive songs.

Now to the gameplay! Platforming is done by pressing forward 'W' and 'Space' will allow you to automatically jump to a specific platform. Combat is really interesting. So you punch with 'LMB', 'MMB' up, and 'MMB' down and you dodge with 'RMB'. (There are also combos and different moves to unlock; for ex: 'RMB'+ 'LMB') The Red Punch ('LMB') can defeat the enemies in game, the green punch ('MMB' up) can make enemies scared and run into deadly traps, and the blue punch ('MMB' down) can immobilize enemies and are weak from the back. The Red Power is a, for lack of a better word, 'Berserk' mode where your DMG is up and your speed is up. The Green Power lets you freeze time to solve puzzles, platform across fast moving objects, and position yourself in a tough fight. The blue power gives you invincibility against anything including the snow-like bleakness. There are also light puzzles which can be solved with your powers/ punches or with Biggs and Bomber. Biggs and Bomber are mushroom folk that use abilities to solve puzzles and to get collectables. Using different punches shows off their different abilities. There are also amazing boss fights.

Additional Notes: There are many collectables to get throughout Colortown. While some story levels are bigger, the majority are quite linear. The game is also really easy. And the rail sections of the game are completely annoying and are really blurry so you can't see obstacles up ahead. I finished the game in 10 hrs. and there is a total of 14 Steam achievements.

Final Thoughts: I recommend this game to anyone looking for an old-school 3d platformer reminiscent of Banjo Kazooie and Sly Cooper. With that being said, the game suffers from childlike dialogue, story, and presentation. But overall it's a wonderful experience that's worth playing through a few times!

*Review copy was provided by Mimimi Productions; Thank you!*
Posted: May 9
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29 of 30 people (97%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
The Last Tinker is a colorful 3D platformer that succeeds on many levels, but, as always, there's definitely room for improvement:

+ Parkour running feels and works great
+ Just long enough (7-9 hours) before it becomes (too) boring
+ Has a bit more variety in its objectives/Tries to mix things up 3/4 into the game

+/- Combat tries to mimic the combat from the Batman games but partially fails because it doesn't work as fluently
+/- Graphics are colorful and abstract, but there's too little variety in the environments, except for certain colors
+/- The puzzles are casual and therefore on the easy side, but still fun to solve

- The parts that are on-rails are sometimes awkward to control and you sometimes can't see too far ahead which results in the character getting hit or even dying
- Story and characters are a bit childish sometimes

[Rating: 74/100]
Posted: May 18
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46 of 76 people (61%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
The Last Tinker: City of Color might as well be a response to my silent yearnings for a generation of games that have all but died off. A vibrant 3D platformer, it aligns with both my love of games such as Super Mario 64 and Sly Cooper, as well as my disappointment with such many modern games’ dull pallets. But although outwardly it appears to have every element needed to position itself as a modern classic in a dying genre, when broken down it would be hard to mistake it for more than a facade; a game that at times looks and feels like those it tries so hard to emulate, but will never stand among them.

Colortown is, as the name suggests, a world full of and built on color. Everything is crafted from paper, glue, and the creator’s imagination, creating a wonderfully bright and lively place to inhabit. But the citizens who of Colortown don’t see it quite the same, having become disquieted with those who do not share their same color and splitting off into rival clans. The last bastion of unity resides in a slum of sorts, where we find Koru, the last of a race known as the Tinkers and the only one who may be able to bring Colortown back together after he unknowingly calls forth a bleakness that threatens to rid the world of all color permanently.

The Last Tinker doesn’t attempt a very ambitious plot, and its racial undertones and messages against othering are about as subtle as a brick careening through your window. It’s a simple narrative that nonetheless proves unexpectedly entertaining for reasons I can’t quite describe. Characters are flat yet quirky enough that I didn’t dislike talking to them, and the dialog while basic is didn’t annoy me the way so many kids games tend to. The end segments unfortunately descend into a thick coat of heavy handed racism and the power of friendship with about as much grace as you would expect from this sort of game, but I was still surprised by how much I enjoyed the story despite it having every reason to fall on its face.

While I call it a platformer, the actual platforming isn’t quite what you might expect. Utilizing an auto running/jumping mechanic similar to the Assassin’s Creed series, you aren’t required so much to jump from platform to platform as you are to hold down a button and direct your character which way to go. It’s extremely simplistic in nature, but to my surprise actually works well for the game more often than not. It’s fluid and very forgiving, which for a game presumably aimed at kids works well and makes it even more accessible than most of the genre. The levels you run through however are far more unsatisfying, rarely putting the excellently designed mechanic to anything more advanced than you’ll see within the first few minutes of the game, often relying most on long tedious segments of empty terrain occasionally broken up by an impromptu enemy encounter (from which spawn further problems).

If the platforming is an example of how to make uncomplicated mechanics interesting, the combat system is the exact opposite; a dreadfully monotonous lesson in repetition and over simplification, that although never difficult proved frustrating merely because of how often it intruded on the other elements of the game. It easily ranks among the dullest button mashers I’ve encountered, and the input lag took a considerable amount of time to adjust to (by which I mean to say I got used to it, not that it ever became enjoyable). You gain a handful of powers through the course of the game, but these rarely amount to more than a novelty (a power to make enemies run away, become frozen from sadness, etc) that rarely work when executed outside of areas purposely designed to show you how they work.

Platforming and combat are easily the most prominent components to the game, but they aren’t what you will be doing most of the time. Instead of running through obstacle courses or beating up baddies, you’ll spend a majority of the 5-6 hour experience running from one place to the next, only to find when you get there that you need to continue running to an entirely new area. This is my biggest gripe with The Last Tinker; it builds up an amazing world and sends you running through it as if its building up to a point where you’ll finally see the mechanics expanded upon (or at least put to greater use), only to have it end and leave you realizing how little time was actually spent doing anything of interest. It’s tedious and almost feels dishonest, but most of all it’s just a shame that so much time was put into crafting the outstanding presentation for the gameplay to not get anywhere near the same sort of attention, which ultimately makes the former rather superfluous.

Be that as it may, I couldn’t end this without mentioning the truly fantastic art design and soundtrack Mimimi Productions has created. Color bursts out of every inch of the world, spilling over the Dr Seuss like landscapes and twisting architecture, filled with bizarrely cute characters that each feel distinct for the region they inhabit. It’s like someone went absolutely crazy during arts and crafts, and built an entire city out of clay and cardboard, which would actually be rather fitting given that’s essentially what the lore tells you happened. The soundtrack was the surprise highlight though, with an eclectic collection of styles ranging from soothing accordion pieces to catchy guitar riffs and sweeping orchestral tracks. It ranges a huge spectrum of sounds and surprisingly nails each one with more finesse than most games manage with a single style, and somehow makes them all sit naturally next to one another.

The Last Tinker isn’t a hopeless mess by any means, but I was left disappointed by what could have potentially been so much more. I appreciate the developers making it accessible to kids, but doing so in such a way as to make it actively dull for those out of that stage of development makes it a hard game to recommend to anyone over the age of ten. Even putting the mechanical shortcomings aside, the unengaging and empty level designs make it a game that feels hollow; clearly missing something even when you can’t quite figure out what it is. It’s a lovely game to look at and features an excellent audio accompaniment, but it amounts to little more than smoke and mirrors once you realize how much was sacrificed in other areas of the game to make it possible.

Full disclosure: this game was reviewed using a copy provided by the developer
Posted: May 9
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.1 hrs on record
This game is a great resurrection to the 3D platformer genre that was almost forgotten by everyone so I'll try my best to explain what makes this joyful game worth getting your kids into.

For starters this game has beautiful artwork that immediately reminds me of Dr. Suess, the music is top notch from beginning to end, the sounds from the animals are perfect (The sound effects are good too), some of the dialogue is hilarious, As the store page says it is influenced by such beloved 3D platformer classics like Banjo Kazooie for example (There are lots of good 3D platformers that I could mention but I don't have time for that), The game makes a serious subject like racism (It also talks about Anger, Fear & depression) simple enough for a child to understand (Less frustrating than school to be honest), The options menu is basic to use, there are lots of collectibles to gain & the game has a lot of charm (The protagonist is the only guy in the entire game who is very dull in my opinion & not even close to memorable like our silent protagonist Jak with his troublemaking sidekick Daxter).

Now for the negatives the game tries to mimic Batman's combat (Rocksteady Studio's version of Batman) & the Assassin Creed series (The automatic jumping), For some people it might fail to appeal to adults because of it's childlike dialogue & story, For some people you might not like the difficulty because it's way too forgiving (Again perfect for getting your kids into videogames) but the game has a hard & instant death mode so I highly recommend trying that difficulty if you want a challenge & the game has it's fair share of game lag in some areas like the market district for example (I also had an issue starting up the game which led me to turn off my computer firewall all the damn time).

Overall this game is great for a kid that's 10 years old or under but some adults might cringe at a happy game like this (I'm an adult & I was happy to see creativity again in this hopeless generation where we steal others' ideas just to gain money) so I highly recommend buying this game to support original ideas done by amazing people.

Additional Notes:

The Tinker Music achievement is ♥♥♥♥ing annoying to get & the color spirits have amazing powers like scaring off enemies (Green spirit), making your attacks stronger (Red Spirit), or protecting yourself against the bleakness (Blue spirit). It's also very nice to see that you can use your collectibles to look at concept art (If you get all 80 collectibles in the game you get an achievement called Leonardo daWinci which is a reference to one of Mimimi Production's apps & you unlock a combat arena) & try out new powers or modes like switched color mode for example.
Posted: May 23
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
27.9 hrs on record
In The Last Tinker, you play as the monkey-boy Koru and his sheep sidekick Tap. As a respectable reject living outside the City of Colors, your goal is to ensure the equality of all colors in the world. This is mainly an Action RPG.

Gameplay: Smooth controls. Not too many different actions. Dialogue is meaningful but fairly simple. Some puzzles look hard but are very easy. Very user-friendly. I found it very entertaining to ba able to punch friendly NPCs. But I didn't say that!!

Visuals: Stunning graphics! Impressive computer performance at such high quality

Audio: Not a huge highlight of the game, but very relaxing background music and fitting combat music aswell. Could have been more epic, but considering it's a very unique and successful game already, I didn't mind.

Overall rating: Giving it an 8/10. Great game and would recommend to anyone EDIT: you can change the difficulty setting! It is suitable for children and out of many children's games I've seen, this one is more meaningful than a button mashing game. The game can teach anyone of any age about discrimination in society and how to fix it!
Posted: August 10
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