It’s been almost ten years since I played the twin-stick shooter Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops that Wired Productions released near the start of the last generation of consoles. I remember enjoying it but not really finding it that special for a game in the genre. Wired Productions and developer Epiphany Games recently released a sequel called Tiny Troopers: Global Ops and I got to play through it for this review. Does this new twin-stick shooter do anything more than its predecessor or is it just more of the same?
Tiny Troopers: Global Ops once again has you taking control of a group of tiny soldiers to dish out some twin-stick shooting action across over 40 campaign missions. You don’t have to go it alone either as the game supports 2-4 players either online or locally. What’s even better is that full cross-play is supported so you can team up with other players on other consoles or PC. When it comes to the gameplay, I’d say not a whole lot has changed from the last game so if you played and enjoyed that you’ll enjoy this and if you didn’t then Global Ops won’t do much to change your mind.
Much like any twin-stick shooter you’ll move your character with the left stick on the DualSense and use the right stick to aim. The triggers are tied to firing and switching to your alternate weapon. You also have a dodge roll at your disposal. When you go into a level, you’ll be tasked with completing various objectives like wiping out enemies or gathering up some intel. It’s pretty simple stuff and levels are short enough that you can jump in and complete one in 10-15 minutes. You can upgrade your weapons by accumulating XP while playing and then using it in the hub area to buy those upgrades. You can also gain new appearance customization options and new weapons like flamethrowers or shotguns.
Visually the game very much looks like more of the first game too with the chibi character models once again returning. Environments don’t have a lot of detail to them so while the whole thing is kind of cute it just doesn’t do anything to stand out. The same goes for the audio which has some mixing issues that makes it a little hard to hear things over others. Trophy hunters will find 31 trophies including a Platinum to earn. The list includes things like beat all the levels, kill 1,000 enemies (with trophy tracking functionality thankfully) and others. It’s a solid list that should be doable if you enjoy the game.
Should you play Tiny Troopers: Global Ops? If you enjoyed the first game and wanted more of that or simple twin-stick shooters then yes, you should. Levels are short enough to make it easy to get in and get out and being able to play with other locally or online as well as cross-platform is really nice. It doesn’t do anything to stand out in the genre but if you’re OK with that then you’ll find some solid fun to be had here.
*Tiny Troopers: Global Ops is available now on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. PlayStation 5 version reviewed. Review copy provided by the publisher for this review.