The Last Tinker: City of Colors PS4 Release Date Announced

August 8, 2014Written by Jason Dunning

Coming to us from Mimimi Productions and LOOT is The Last Tinker: City of Colors, which has been announced for PlayStation 4 release on August 19 in North America and August 20 in Europe. While no price was given yet, the developers did hint at a PlayStation Plus launch discount.

A “whimsical, colorful platformer” made by Germans, The Last Tinker video above helps introduce you to the world, while also showing some gameplay starting at the 1:40 mark.

LOOT Product Manager Jason Sorensen talked about PlayStation and The Last Tinker being a PS4 console-exclusive title:

We play lots of games. You play lots of games. So when we played Mimimi Productions’ The Last Tinker for the first time, we knew we had to bring it to PlayStation consoles first, because THANK GOD AND ALL THAT IS HOLY, IT’S SOMETHING FRESH AND DIFFERENT.

To be fair, PlayStation rocks because they’ve openly embraced indie developers – and that’s not just PR speak, that’s real. This is awesome, because it means that hidden gems like The Last Tinker suddenly get to bask in the console-exclusive glow as part of the PlayStation family. And the game’s hero, Koru, knows how to bask. Look at the sideburns, man. And the scarf.

The catch, of course, is that because so many fantastic indie games are being showcased, you really do have to have something especially cool in order to stand out. So, in no particular order, here’s why you should check out Tinker:

  • So the trailer you just watched talks about bringing harmony back to the fractured districts of Colortown, right? But there’s this whole other story involving a malevolent force called The Bleakness, and it’s taking over the world, and SPOILERS—
  • There are some really cool puzzles in this game. At one point, you even have to conduct a symphony…
  • The fighting mechanics kick ass; as you gain the power to wield each of the different colors against increasingly tough opponents, you have to learn when to finesse your way forward rather than trying to button-mash to victory.
  • This game has parkour, yo.

Sorensen then talked about the PS4’s power:

This touches on a really important point: somewhere along the line, we started to go mentally associate gritty realism = expensive, and stylish/colorful = low-tech.

In reality, there’s a lot going on under the hood with this game — without getting too technical, the number of draw calls alone in a few places climbs to a staggering level — and it really does require the horsepower of the PS4 to pull off.

This game may not be the PS4 equivalent to an aircraft carrier — a loud symbol of overt power — but it *is* the Kon-Tiki: a unique, one-of-a-kind experience that looks small at first, but turns into one of the most memorable adventures you’ll ever be a part of.

What do you think of The Last Tinker?

[Source: PS Blog (1), (2)]