Be careful what you wish for. Like Tom Hanks in the movie Big, the hero of Glitch Games' latest puzzler A Short Tale gets more than he expected when he asks to be small again. It may be a room-escape game at heart, but it's a Toy Story-esque tale of talking toys, oversized furniture and viewing the everyday from a new perspective, and it's available now across a variety of platforms.
You play as Jason, returning to his lost brother Ben's bedroom after years away. Portentously, Jason muses: "I never thought I'd return here, to where everything started. Where everything ended. Something's calling me back to this room..." Wanting to feel closer to Ben, to be little once more, Jason's wish is unexpectedly granted. Except whoever did it didn't know when to stop and Jason shrinks to toy-size, far too small to reach the door handle! Now what was once normal becomes "a strange new world filled with larger than life furniture, troublesome obstacles, and less-than-helpful occupants." Jason needs to find a way out, and hopefully find out a bit more about his brother along the way.
The graphics are pre-rendered in a Myst-style slideshow, depicting a straightforward and realistic look at a child's cluttered bedroom, accompanied by a suitably atmospheric soundtrack. To help with the game's many environmental and object-manipulation puzzles, there will also be an in-game camera for easy reference.
A Short Tale doesn't even require a short wait to play, as it launches today on PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices. To learn more about the game, including purchase links, check out the official webpage for additional details.