Enjoy a casual spot-the-difference puzzle in the atmospheric experience of Tiny Lands.
Format: PC via Steam
First playthrough time: 3 hours
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Tiny Lands is a spot-the-difference puzzle game. Players are presented with a side-by-side comparison of two scenes that they can rotate and zoom on. There are 50 levels across 5 areas with each level having 5 differences to find. Within areas, levels will increase in complexity and detail, producing a smooth difficulty curve without spamming more things to find. Differences are either: color changes, size changes, or object repositions within a small area. Areas do not have to be fully completed to move on, but there’s no hint option for players that get frustrated.
Tiny Lands has a very visually pleasing graphical design. The colors are bright, but the lighting is soft and it works toward the relaxing atmosphere. Furthering that atmosphere is the background music and sound effects. These often include the sounds of birds, crickets, water, and the movement of objects as relevant to the scenes. These worked well with the relaxed nature of the scenes, usually showing people at rest or in low-energy scenarios instead of aiming for comical or exciting moments. The exception to this might be the graveyard area where scenes are rather fantastical in nature.
Overall, I enjoyed Tiny Lands’ puzzles and the relaxing atmosphere. The difficulty curve was smooth and each level brought a fresh feeling. The visuals and background music and sound effects were on point for a relaxing casual feel. There’s no hint option for players that get frustrated, but progress through the levels can continue without finding all the differences. I recommend Tiny Lands for players looking for an enjoyable atmospheric puzzle experience.