Although I don’t play games very often, I am a fan of point-and-click games for their simple yet challenging gameplay. The Room and The Silent Age are some examples of great point-and-click games that I love, and today I’m going to introduce one more: Tipping Point.
Created by North Carolina-based indie developer Dan Russell-Pinson, who is also the force behind the popular geography app Stack the States, Tipping Point promises an immersive, photorealistic point-and-click adventure that will keep you hooked.
The Adventure Begins!
Tipping Point starts with you, the player, lounging on the couch one night to watch a little TV. You drift off to sleep, only to wake up to find a heron has jumped out of the TV set and into your living room. The bird carries a cryptic message from a mysterious person, asking for help. Before you know it, you are teleported into an otherworldly adventure around the globe and even to outer space.
Like other games in the point-and-click genre, Tipping Point will have you exploring various scenes to solve a series of puzzle. For example, to explore a dark cave you will need a lantern. To light that lantern, first you need to make a fire. There are no matches, so you have to look around for other things that you can use to start a flame.
As the game progresses, the puzzles get more complex and diverse. Some of the things that you will do include decoding and sending messages using morse code, work out algorithms to unlock doors, and even playing retro computer games to obtain keys.
With so many puzzles to solve, it is quite plausible that you’ll need a help or two. Fortunately, the app has a built-in hint system to solve a puzzle at a time. The hint system dishes out clues in multiple steps, and the last clue usually provides a clear explanation/answer to point you in the right direction.
These hints are available for free (no in-app purchase required at all), but you have to wait 20 seconds between each hint. If you are really, really stuck, you can check out the official walkthrough up to Chapter 4, but I urge you to try and solve it on your own first.
In total, Tipping Point comprises of five progressive chapters. Solving each chapter takes you closer to unfolding the thrilling plot about a father/son pair who was on the verge of figuring out human teleportation when a glitch in the system caused the father to go mad. The son, bed-ridden and not really knowing the reason behind his father’s sudden change of heart, relies on your wits to repair the broken devices and stop his father from destroying their dream.
Parents Need to Know
Tipping Point is an intriguing adventure game that takes players on a mind-bending quest to solve a mystery case. The game started in 2007 as an online Flash game, but was recently released for the iPad and the Mac. It is worth knowing that the app contains a brand new chapter not available on the website, plus an epilogue and a built-in hint system.
Having played the game from start to end, I can testify that the contents are quite safe for kids; there is no graphic violence, scary surprises, or obscenity. However, due to the complexity of some puzzles, I would recommend the game for older kids (8+) and adults.
I also want to note that the game is quite lengthy — you’ll need about 4-5 hours to complete it. Fortunately, the game saves your progress so you can come back later to continue where you left off. It also provides slots for up to 5 players, which should be enough to accommodate everyone in the family.
Things I Like
To put it simply, Tipping Point is terrific. From the moment I started Chapter 1, I could tell that a lot of thought and work went into the making of this game.
The photorealistic graphics are lovely yet eerie, and they go really well with the ‘mystery’ theme. I like the little details in the background, like how the TV channels actually have movie footages and music video clips that you can watch. Plus, the background music and sound effects help build an immersive experience.
The app also never comes short of challenges. The puzzles are complex and so out of the box. There is always some new trick to figure out in every chapter, so it’s never boring. One of my favorite puzzles is the one where you have to play a round of Space Invaders on the side of a skyscraper — this is definitely not something you see everyday!
Overall, Tipping Point is a great game that I thoroughly enjoyed. The puzzles are fun and challenging, the graphics immersive, and the storytelling solid. If you’re looking for something new and unique to play, I would highly recommend this game.
Tipping Point is available for iPad
Get it on the App Store: iPad
App was provided for our honest review.
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