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App description: FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME

LITTLE TOYS WITH BIG PROBLEMS!

WHAT IN TARNATION IS THIS GAME?
Trouble in Tin Town is a strategy game with wind-up toys your mom would never have approved of. The game features three campaigns where you take charge of a toy army and battle other toys in the context of hilarious stories of a quality not seen any where else on the app store.

Each unique toy has special attacks that can be upgraded with coins earned during play. New characters become unlocked as levels are completed.

Special items are found throughout the game such as treasure chests for extra coins and hazards that can be used for strategy such as bee trees, alligator bridges and giant squid.

A new brand of fun and humor is in town bringing turn-based strategy to the masses!

Gameplay video: http://youtube.com/jovianminds

What people are saying:

Its clear from the word 'go' that developer Jovian Minds has paid a lot of attention to environment and atmosphere. Menus and units look as though they've been taken from a wind-up toy set, and the witty mid-battle dialogue gently mocks each toy's real-life counterpart. - PocketGamer

There are currently three different campaigns to complete, each with their own set of unique wind-up toys and environments to enjoy. The game is also highlighted by clever dialogue exchanges that are in keeping with the toys and characters they represent, resulting in a fun storyline that's enjoyable from start to finish. - AppSpy

We look forward to whatever updates are coming down the pipeline, as Trouble in Tin Town has the potential to be one of the best strategy games on the App Store. - SlideToPlay

Get your feet off the table! - Mom

IF YOU HAVE READ THIS FAR THEN WHY STOP NOW?!

26 LEVELS OF KRA-A-ZEE, HYSTERICAL FUN

CAMPAIGN 1 - LINCOLNS DILEMMA (HISTORY IS HYSTERICAL)
Help Abraham Lincoln get to the bottom of a dispute between the Kandy Kingdom and The Best Forgotten Island. Crockett and Shakespeare lead the way in discovering a conspiracy where the very existence of Tin Town is in jeopardy.

CAMPAIGN 2 - THE CUPCAKES OF WRAITH
Play as The Best Forgotten Island creatures as Finneas T. Rex, the gentlemen detective dinosaur, attempts to solve the murder of Congo Jimmys beloved pet Ray Ray. Fight with Banana Bob the guerrilla warrior and Eddy The Sweaty Yeti.

CAMPAIGN 3 - MY KINGDOM FOR A T-REX
King Kandyhearts sweetheart, Sugar Sweet Lips has been kidnapped! The king enlists his favorite hit man, Tamale Bandito, to get her back. Cupcake Brawlers, Candy Cane Riflemen, Bubblegum Bears, and the unsettling Wax Lips wielding dual Gatling guns will help you win the day and discover the truth.

SKIRMISH MODE
Pick your favorite faction, your favorite level, your favorite enemy, tweak the settings and battle your toy heart out.

OTHER FEATURES
Game Center support with tons of achievements
All characters have strategic strengths and weaknesses
Play each level in 'Easy' or 'Normal' difficulty mode
Strategic hazards
Fast, mass AI movement. No waiting!
Move your units fast, tap and go!

24 QUIRKY TOY CHARACTERS WITH AMAZING ABILITIES
Crocketts live raccoon hat flail
Shakespeares books, arrows and skulls
Lovecraft and his squid! (shudder)
Poe and his Nevermore Gun plus Tell-Tale Heart Attack
The Kandy Kings donut scepter glazes and confuses
Sprinkle punches, lollipops, bubble gum bear blow-pops
Dinosaur bad breath, horn blasts and sumo belly slaps
Rocket propelled bananas and hobo back-flip kicks
And many, many more!

Also check out the HD version for iPad!

OUR ENTERTAINMENT IS OPTIMIZED FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION
JovianMinds.com
TroubleInTinTown.com
facebook.com/jovianminds
twitter.com/jovianminds
12-23-2010, 04:17 PM
#2
Joined: Apr 2009
Posts: 904
I love the hook and the cool historical references mentioned.

I'm interested, but will wait for impressions before purchase. Sorry, too many games just came out to be throwing more money at more games just yet!

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12-23-2010, 04:32 PM
#3
Joined: Aug 2010
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 2,761
Hmm looks interesting. The description mentions upgrading your characters a little too. I've been looking for a good solid strategy-rpg (yes, I have Eustrath), but I'll probably wait for impressions.

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12-23-2010, 04:36 PM
#4
Looks...too...awesome...can't...resist...

What the heck...I'll have early impressions in a few hours.
12-23-2010, 05:44 PM
#5
Joined: Feb 2009
Posts: 2,513
nice one square await your opinion

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12-23-2010, 06:17 PM
#6
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Originally Posted by soup View Post
nice one square await your opinion
Well, let me preface this by saying that I'm fairly new to SRPGs, so it's likely that my opinion would be less helpful to seasoned veterans of the genre.

First the negative: the game is not retina-capable and the graphics look a bit bland on an iPhone 4 screen. It's also not truly 3D -- more like 3D-looking 2D sprites. That in itself would not be a issue except for the fact that being able to rotate the playing field would be very useful in a game like this. As is, sometimes standard units are pretty much obscured by the hero units (which tower over them). I wish that the combat animation were a little flashier, and the villain in the first campaign is named Tamale and speaks with a ridiculous mexican accent (no VO, but the spelling of his dialogue makes it obvious) which kind of rubs me the wrong way.

That said, I've played few games on the platform with this much charm and personality. I've gone through the first two levels of the first campaign, and all I can say is that the developers have done a tremendous job crafting a seamless and immersive (toy) world. In the first campaign you have a dual-axe wielding President Lincoln wind-up toy (!) as your hero unit, with David Crocketts, Will Shakespeares, Ghenhis Khans, and others serving as troops. Each unit has its own animation, skills, and stats, and they can all be upgraded individually with money collected during combat. Gameplay should be familiar to Disgaea/FFT fans: you move your units in grid-based environment, taking on the Kandy army (led by Tamale) to fulfill particular objectives (so far, destroying enemy bases/respawn spots). You can use money collected during combat to recruit more units or save it to upgrade your units later. Controls are well implemented (beyond the issues I mentioned) and the maps so far are varied, allowing for cool moves like quick-punching an enemy into the pond, pushing them into bee's nests, etc (they can do the same to you).

There is an appropriately silly storyline about an impending war with the Kandy Kingdom, and the action is sometimes interrupted by pretty funny banter between your units.

All in all, the game feels very polished and well thought out, and miles away from the typical sides-scrolling "strategy" games in the App Store. It doesn't have anywhere near the complexity of something like the War of Eustrath or Shining Force (never mind FFT and the like), but it's not a shallow mechanical exercise like Rebirth of Fortune. I'm having a lot of fun with it so far.
12-23-2010, 08:42 PM
#7
Joined: Apr 2009
Posts: 904
Thanks for the review, Square!

Always a blessing to have it in a thread. I think you earned the dev another purchase!

(BTW, vis a vis taxes, do you need to declare kickbacks?)

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12-27-2010, 12:44 AM
#8
Joined: Apr 2009
Posts: 904
This game looks sweet. Anybody else DL yet?

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12-27-2010, 01:46 AM
#9
Joined: Dec 2010
Location: HongKong
Posts: 345
Quote:
Originally Posted by squarezero View Post
Well, let me preface this by saying that I'm fairly new to SRPGs, so it's likely that my opinion would be less helpful to seasoned veterans of the genre.

First the negative: the game is not retina-capable and the graphics look a bit bland on an iPhone 4 screen. It's also not truly 3D -- more like 3D-looking 2D sprites. That in itself would not be a issue except for the fact that being able to rotate the playing field would be very useful in a game like this. As is, sometimes standard units are pretty much obscured by the hero units (which tower over them). I wish that the combat animation were a little flashier, and the villain in the first campaign is named Tamale and speaks with a ridiculous mexican accent (no VO, but the spelling of his dialogue makes it obvious) which kind of rubs me the wrong way.

That said, I've played few games on the platform with this much charm and personality. I've gone through the first two levels of the first campaign, and all I can say is that the developers have done a tremendous job crafting a seamless and immersive (toy) world. In the first campaign you have a dual-axe wielding President Lincoln wind-up toy (!) as your hero unit, with David Crocketts, Will Shakespeares, Ghenhis Khans, and others serving as troops. Each unit has its own animation, skills, and stats, and they can all be upgraded individually with money collected during combat. Gameplay should be familiar to Disgaea/FFT fans: you move your units in grid-based environment, taking on the Kandy army (led by Tamale) to fulfill particular objectives (so far, destroying enemy bases/respawn spots). You can use money collected during combat to recruit more units or save it to upgrade your units later. Controls are well implemented (beyond the issues I mentioned) and the maps so far are varied, allowing for cool moves like quick-punching an enemy into the pond, pushing them into bee's nests, etc (they can do the same to you).

There is an appropriately silly storyline about an impending war with the Kandy Kingdom, and the action is sometimes interrupted by pretty funny banter between your units.

All in all, the game feels very polished and well thought out, and miles away from the typical sides-scrolling "strategy" games in the App Store. It doesn't have anywhere near the complexity of something like the War of Eustrath or Shining Force (never mind FFT and the like), but it's not a shallow mechanical exercise like Rebirth of Fortune. I'm having a lot of fun with it so far.
man, you are great...like a professional reviewer...
12-27-2010, 03:35 PM
#10
Joined: Nov 2008
Location: Kansas City, MO
Posts: 1,612
Bought this game after reading squarezero's review, loving it so far! Great graphics (although a retina upgrade would make the game even better) and story lines - Turn-based strategy fans should definitely check this one out.

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