PS Minis Reviews

Jetpack Joyride (PlayStation Minis)

Jetpack Joyride (PlayStation Minis)

Fun size

You are Barry Steakfries: Nate Drake look-alike, coin collector, and experimental technology thief. Bored of his life in the ‘Secret Underground Laboratory’, Barry makes a one-way bid for freedom. He’s doomed of course, but don’t tell him. It’d break his heart. One of the few iPhone apps to make the jump to PlayStation Minis,...

BreakQuest: Extra Evolution (PlayStation Minis)

BreakQuest: Extra Evolution (PlayStation Minis)

Block bashing brilliance

Sprinkling innovation on top of what is ostensibly an Arkanoid clone is a tricky task, but developer Beatshapers has achieved it marvellously with the brilliant BreakQuest: Extra Evolution. Building on the original title from 2004, this PlayStation Mini lives up to its namesake by completely overhauling the block bashing...

Wizorb (PlayStation Minis)

Wizorb (PlayStation Minis)

Castin’ a spell on Arkanoid

It’s only been a few months since the internet was buzzing about the PS Mini service, because of the release of FuturLab’s fantastic title, Velocity. Well, Sony wants to keep the overlooked service on your mind with Tribute Games and Beatshapers’ latest release. Throwing the block-busting mechanics of old-school...

Velocity (PlayStation Minis)

Velocity (PlayStation Minis)

High flyer

Sometimes a game comes out of nowhere and completely blows you away. Coconut Dodge – the first Minis endeavour from Brighton-based studio FuturLab – had that impact upon almost everyone that tried it. Simple in premise, but deviously addictive, the arcade mini-game was a captivating affair that still holds our attention today. Its...

Defenders of the Mystic Garden (PlayStation Minis)

Defenders of the Mystic Garden (PlayStation Minis)

Gnome mercy

Defenders of the Mystic Garden (DotMG) takes elements from the tower defence genre and tweaks a few aspects to help differentiate it from others. Like most entries in the genre, you’ll control a limited number of units to fight against hordes of incoming enemies, but DotMG has movement on its side. Instead of units remaining...

Floating Cloud God Saves the Pilgrims (PlayStation Minis)

Floating Cloud God Saves the Pilgrims (PlayStation Minis)

Keep the faith

You get lots of things if you're a cloud god. Your very own personal, environmentally friendly air transportation, the power to smite the mightiest of demons with only the tips of your fingers and the undying devotion of as many little old men as you like. It's not all lounging on beds of water vapour and gobbling grapes, though...

Canabalt (PlayStation Minis)

Canabalt (PlayStation Minis)

Dashing desperado

The PSP is positively bristling with input buttons, yet Canabalt is a game you can play with just one. Originally conceived as a free-to-play browser game, it made the leap to iOS in 2009, and now graces the PlayStation Network as a PSP Mini. Canabalt’s premise is the ultimate in high concept. The planet has been invaded by...

Hungry Giraffe (PlayStation Minis)

Hungry Giraffe (PlayStation Minis)

Good grub

If gluttony is one of the seven deadly sins, then Hungry Giraffe is heading straight to the pits of hell. The game’s titular greedy ungulate has a serious scoffing addiction that’s accentuated by the host of snacks left lingering in the sky. Laughing Jackal’s latest PlayStation Mini isn’t going to win any awards for its fiction,...

Mecho Wars (PlayStation Minis)

Mecho Wars (PlayStation Minis)

Don't wreck-o my Mecho

Turn-based strategy games are a natural fit for portable devices, their slow pace unhindered by the somewhat erratic schedule of playing games on the go. While the genre has spread far and wide in recent years with many games that look and play quite similarly to one another, Mecho Wars sets itself apart with unique mechanics...

Stick Man Rescue (PlayStation Minis)

Stick Man Rescue (PlayStation Minis)

Looks like an amateur product, but has some decent gameplay mechanics within

As far as game titles go, Stick Man Rescue couldn't be closer to the point. This is a simple, basically styled, erm, rescue game, in which you save a group of helpless stick men. We told you it was a good name. Its reasonable level design and a moreish campaign elevate the...

Trailblazer (PlayStation Minis)

Trailblazer (PlayStation Minis)

A stellar reboot of a forgotten classic; Trailblazer's a fast-paced arcade game with a rich, vibrant style

It's become all too common for PlayStation Minis to drop onto Sony's digital storefront with little fanfare, but Trailblazer sets a whole new precedent. While developers such as Laughing Jackal,..

Orbit (PlayStation Minis)

Orbit (PlayStation Minis)

As with all of Laughing Jackal's releases, Orbit is easy to pick up but impossible to put down

Laughing Jackal is the master of carrot dangling. Its previous PlayStation Mini — the gloriously stylish OMG-Z — hooked you into its underlying "one more go" philosophy by rewarding you with..

Where Is My Heart? (PlayStation Minis)

Where Is My Heart? (PlayStation Minis)

Where Is My Heart? is a deceptively intelligent PlayStation Mini, and by extension, one of the best experiences currently available on the platform

As far as gameplay concepts go, Where Is My Heart? is agonisingly slight: a simple puzzle-platformer dressed in a pastel pixel art-style, accompanied by an ethereal chip-tune soundtrack. But once it...

1000 Tiny Claws (PlayStation Minis)

1000 Tiny Claws (PlayStation Minis)

1000 Tiny Claws doesn't quite live up to the expectations carved out by Mediatonic's previous releases, but it's still a worthy arena-combat title with a handsome visual style and some genuinely laugh-out-loud gags

Given Mediatonic's previous PlayStation Minis titles involved chasing colossal..

Speedball 2 Evolution (PlayStation Minis)

Speedball 2 Evolution (PlayStation Minis)

Speedball 2 Evolution offers an alternative to the increasingly realistic sporting experiences available elsewhere on the various PlayStation platforms, delivering a futuristic competitive game with a complimentary throw-back core

It's just a shame that the actual gameplay itself is so over-complicated and unbalanced, even if it is impossibly...

The Impossible Game (PlayStation Minis)

The Impossible Game (PlayStation Minis)

The Impossible Game is designed around one key principle: stress

This is one of the most tense, frustrating, devious and, bafflingly, moreish PlayStation Minis we've played to date. The concept is simple: jump over hazards to complete the level. How hard can it possibly be? The clue's in the name..

Hysteria Project 2 (PlayStation Minis)

Hysteria Project 2 (PlayStation Minis)

In many ways Hysteria Project 2 is a step-backwards

In trying to flesh out the ideas established in its predecessor, BulkyPix has crafted a game with more ambition and less polish, resulting in a frustrating mess of trial-and-error puzzles. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. It's..

Revoltin' Youth (PlayStation Minis)

Revoltin' Youth (PlayStation Minis)

Open Emotion may have shed its trademark hand-painted visuals for Revoltin' Youth, but the developer has still managed to concoct a refreshing style that's complimented by some great audio work and solid level design

The game can feel tedious in places, but its still another solid entry in the Irish..

Ducati Challenge (PlayStation Minis)

Ducati Challenge (PlayStation Minis)

Ducati Challenge is easily the best racing game available for the PlayStation Minis platform

The game's impressive visual presentation is complimented by its accessible handling model and rich variety of content. The PlayStation Minis platform has played host to some fantastic two-dimensional games,..

Fighting Fantasy: Talisman Of Death (PlayStation Minis)

Fighting Fantasy: Talisman Of Death (PlayStation Minis)

Fans of the fiction will lap up Fighting Fantasy: Talisman Of Death, but though finely executed, it's also a niche proposition

In an era when video games such as The Elder Scrolls seemed as mythical as their subject matter, Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's series of Fighting Fantasy gamebooks took..