Small has Huge Potential
Mobile VR Jam Small– You have to try out Small. It executes movement extremely well. The APK is a proof of concept demo. It takes place in a first person perspective as you navigate through giant rooms avoiding rats and using a grappling hook that even the developer admits is inspired by Zelda.
Tap and hold to walk, double tap and hold to sprint, and swipe forward to use the grappling hook. You can also slowly slide back to lower the grappling hook. This is all done with the touchpad which is great news for people without a gamepad. The grappling hook you obtain can initially only latch onto things like books. Further along you discover some nails that allow you to grapple on to wood surfaces. The control scheme used in Small should be taken out and used in every first person game out there. It’s just that good.
The environment you find yourself in is simple yet incredibly immersive. Everything around you seems larger than life because it actually is. You play as Yolanda Small, a 21 year old girl who resides in a manor filled with gigantic rats in some of the rooms. The APK contains a lot of rooms. I think I counted 7 or more. It took me about 45 minutes to finish. I was so engrossed in the experience it felt like only 10!
Small provides a good challenge but nothing too frustrating. Most of the puzzle elements involve finding your way to a certain spot, and you will be using that grappling hook a lot. This is fine by me, as it’s mad fun to grapple in this game.
In my initial impression about 3 days ago I mentioned problems with the game freezing. I have since tried a preview version of a new build which appears to be completely devoid of any bugs. Small is one of the most polished games I have seen in the Jam. If you haven’t tried it yet, head over to the Mobile VR Jam and give it a chance. If you like stealth type adventure games, I promise you will not be disappointed.