Microsoft Tinker - Best Ultimate Extra so far (although the bar is set pretty low)

Microsoft Tinker - Best Ultimate Extra so far (although the bar is set pretty low)

Summary: Microsoft has released three new Ultimate Extras exclusively for Windows Ultimate users. One of the extras, Microsoft Tinker (a game in which you control a little robot around an obstacle course), is surprisingly a lot of fun.

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Microsoft has released three new Ultimate Extras exclusively for Windows Ultimate users. One of the extras, Microsoft Tinker (a game in which you control a little robot around an obstacle course), is surprisingly a lot of fun.

The three extras released were:

  • Tinker
  • Ultimate Extras Sounds from Microsoft Tinker
  • Windows DreamScene Content Pack #4

The sounds and the content pack for DreamScene are, well, OK if you like that kind of stuff (from what I can gather the whole purpose of DreamScene is to heat up your CPU).

Tinker is different. Why? Because it's a lot of fun. OK, it's fun if you like that sort of thing, but Tinker is the kind of game that I think is capable of burrowing into your head, especially if you like a good puzzle. Sure, it's aimed at the casual gamer, but it's got that sort of Solitaire/FreeCell feel to it that's capable of melting away hours.

Microsoft Tinker

A couple of oddities:

  • The game seems to be 32-bit only. While it runs just fine on 64-bit, I'm surprised that there's no dedicated 64-bit version.
  • There's mention of a level editor, but so far I've not found it. It's here.

Microsoft Tinker - Where's the level editor?

I give Tinker a score of 7 out of 10, making it the best Ultimate Extra to date.

For more information on Tinker, visit the Microsoft website.

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  • Tinker editor...

    is here:
    http://www.fuelgames.com/Tinker/
    jtb_ventura
    • Thanks for that

      :-)
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
  • RE: Microsoft Tinker - Best Ultimate Extra so far (although the bar is set pretty low)

    Actually, if you have a decent video board, DreamScene should have very little impact on your CPU. All of the decode heavy lifting should happen on the GPU. This is why big MPEG-1/2 files worked better early on than the same thing in a much smaller WMV file. Most GPUs didn't have hardware WMV decode then and that carried a higher resource penalty that the file size.
    epobirs
  • RE: Microsoft Tinker - Best Ultimate Extra so far (although the bar is set

    Well, we all KNOW MSFT can build games - how does the joke go?:

    - Linux for Stability & Security
    - OSX for Ease of Use
    - Windows for Solitare
    drprodny
  • Ultimate Tinker Ultimate Levels

    Ls,

    I love the graphics & solid puzzle fun.

    Someone said it was a bit of a kids game.
    Arent all games for the internal kid?

    Nevertheless; I took em up, and made some custom levels for their kids =)
    Play them if you dare....
    HTTP://members.chello.nl/m.rheenen82
    m.rheenen82
  • RE: Microsoft Tinker - Best Ultimate Extra so far (although the bar is set pretty low)

    as said best extra yet,my kids love it but i have to keep kicking them of my machine as they only have vista home and premium come on microsoft release a version for all vista users.
    squidgy5
  • RE: Microsoft Tinker - Best Ultimate Extra so far (although the bar is set pretty low)

    Some custom levels:

    http://www.gotinker.com/
    codhubiv
  • Levels database

    I found web where people can share their own levels. It's http://www.playtinker.com/
    prevsetko