Physics-based puzzler makes great use of PlayStation Move.
Common Sense Media
2 December 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that Tumble is a downloadable physics-based puzzle game that uses the PlayStation Move motion controller. Kids will likely love manipulating blocks onscreen with the PlayStation Move motion controller (required), however younger children may grow frustrated once they move beyond the first few levels and the game becomes much more challenging.
Excerpt: Every hardware launch has at least one "Tech Demo" title. Although it fails to impress on a technical standpoint, it manages to show just what you're getting into with the new product. PlayStation Move's launch has two such titles, pack-in game Sports Champions and the PSN downloadable title, Tumble . Tumble is more about showing off the Move than showing off what your PS3 can do.
Excerpt: Tumble stands amongst the ranks of mini-game puzzlers that are so inoffensively tolerable you can't really find a bad word to say about them. The game has been developed as a launch title for PlayStation Move by the same guys who gave you Start the Party, a similarly harmless mini-game-heap built specifically for the platform's launch.
Excerpt: Not only is Tumble one of the best Move titles, but it is one of the best games I have played in a long long time. Sometimes amongst all the high def graphics and booming soundtrack a little gem appears with a very simple concept and very simple styling, and yet it works! Tumble is that gem.
Pros: Excellent motion control, More than 60 puzzles offer plenty of challenge and variety, Multiplayer is great fun, Believable visuals and physics, More than enough content to justify the $10 asking price
Cons: Camera issues make certain levels extra tricky, No online multiplayer
Conclusion: Tumble is, on the whole, what is expected from a launch title; that is, it demonstrates the technical nuance of the product, allowing users to get to grips with the new piece of kit while enjoying a decent puzzle game. The problem is, it lacks any sense of appeal in its muted visual style and cold, hard exterior, and the game never truly tests for long enough to be satisfying. There isn’t enough here to get excited about, ultimately, but a good effort nevertheless.
Conclusion: Yes, Tumble is plain, but that just highlights the original gameplay mechanics and addictive nature of figuring out how to best complete each challenge. You won't find more bang for your buck among the Move launch titles.
Summary: Tumble might not pack the kind of frenetic and explosive punch (or volume of levels) found in the Boom Blox series, but if you're looking for a solid introduction to your new Move controller, and you want to stretch the old noggin' a bit, Tumble definitely stacks up.
Pros: Wonderful example of Move's precision, Plenty of puzzle variety, Multiplayer challenges are surprisingly intense
Cons: Physics can be inconsistent at times, Depth issues, Not enough camera control