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Tiny Thor: A Challenging Retro Adventure Through Asgard

By Johnson Ge
Jun. 7, 2023 updated 10:47

Tiny Thor, a retro-style 16-bit platformer, was released on June 5th, 2023. It begins on Thor's birthday when he is gifted Mjölnir from Odin and embarks on a journey to the realms of Asgard.

Despite its bright colors and lively art style, Tiny Thor offers a challenging experience for retro platformer enthusiasts. The levels are well-designed, providing enough difficulty without being impossible to pass. The game also allows for unlimited retries, and cleverly placed checkpoints enable players to experiment and learn from their mistakes.

What sets Tiny Thor apart is the iconic hammer, Mjölnir. When players throw the hammer, it bounces off enemies, walls, ceilings, or the edge of the screen until it comes into contact with the player or is recalled. Additionally, players can freely throw the hammer in any direction by holding down the aim key and using the assist line to judge its trajectory.

A gif of the Mjölnir gameplay in Tiny ThorA gif of the Mjölnir gameplay in Tiny Thor

It allows players to stand in a safe position and attack enemies with tricky angles, but Mjölnir can do much more than that. For instance, in the early stages of the game, players may encounter a snail-type enemy that hides in its shell, making it invulnerable when faced head-on. To defeat it, players can turn their back on the enemy and lure it out, then throw the hammer against the wall, allowing it to ricochet and hit the exposed snail.

Moreover, players can use the hammer to solve environment puzzles. For example, an endlessly bouncing hammer can be useful to hit a pressure switch, opening a door for the player. The game has a good difficulty curve with over 30 handcrafted levels across three distinct realms. It keeps the gameplay experience fresh by introducing new types of challenges to the player, including several boss fights, each with unique mechanics.

A gif of a boss fight in Tiny ThorA gif of a boss fight in Tiny Thor

For those seeking a further challenge, they can collect the hidden red gem in each level and unlock the “challenge levels” to test their skills.

Tiny Thor is now available on Steam with a 10% discount, providing an exciting and engaging gaming experience.

Source: Steam