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Tiny Timmy And Big Bill

Tim And Big

Tiny Timmy And Big Bill see the world in different ways, but they share a love of mustaches.

By Drew Toal • August 29, 2012

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Recently, we here at The Gameological Society spoke of films and books which might be adapted into games. One movie no one mentioned was My Giant, the largely forgotten buddy comedy starring Billy Crystal and Romanian basketball player George Muresan. Likewise, nobody brought up La Moustache, the 2005 French film in which a man misplaces his mustache, leading to a complete psychotic breakdown.

So I guess we don’t have the market cornered on questionable game ideas. Tiny Timmy And Big Bill combines mismatched physiques worthy of Roald Dahl and facial hair that Sam Elliott would be proud to call his own. Timmy rides along on Bill’s shoulder, on the lookout for floating mustaches, which the symbiotic friends must acquire by combining forces, for some reason. Bill is primarily a source of locomotion, elevation, and defense for Timmy. His help allows Timmy to fetch hard-to-reach stray lip hair and defends him against weird bugs and green goop that would do him harm.

Controlling Big Bill is frustratingly imprecise. Bill raises his arm, he lowers his arm. He curls his hand—normally a mobile platform for Tiny Timmy—into a fist for protection. He walks. It’s like playing as Game Of Thrones’ Hodor, a large simpleton who carries around the paralyzed Brandon Stark, except in a suburban home with floating mustaches. No one wants to play that game.

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108 Responses to “Tim And Big”

  1. George_Liquor says:

    You want the moustache on or off?

  2. Aurora Boreanaz says:

    Mustache.  Mustache mustache.

    MUSTAAAAAAAAAAAAAACHE!

  3. ShrikeTheAvatar says:

    Sorry, but doesn’t he shave the mustache off and actually have a psychotic breakdown when no one notices?  Not sure what this talk of misplacing is…

  4. Captain Internet says:

    Interesting point: this is from the Ludum Game Jam 23, the more relaxed version of the Ludum Dare– a challenge to single-handedly build a complete game in 48 hours. 

    Ludum Dare 24 finished just at the weekend, and there are a ton of free games you can play.

    The theme was ‘Evolution’, which struck me as a ghastly creative cul-de-sac, so I went to the gym in the morning instead of getting a pencil out and getting to work. Then I realised I was just making excuses and got stuck in as soon as I got home.

    I ended up with a functioning game, though it needs another couple of nights’ work before I’m prepared to share it. Still, an entertaining experience, almost exactly the same exhilarating and exhausting feeling as falling behind at University and finding you have one night to catch up in time for the mid-term exam.

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