The wonders of Tiny Tina successfully blends the best aspects of Borderlands games with the proven dynamic of Tina acting as Bunker Master for a Dungeons & Dragons-like tabletop RPG using typical Borderlands humor. This makes it one of the craziest games in the series, and it also shows with The wonders of Tiny Tina‘ gameplay loop of casting spells and using firearms in a fantasy setting. The game’s humor is perhaps the best the series has ever seen, and that comes from the on-site RPG gags as well as the slew of references to other franchises.
Borderlands games are no stranger to referencing other franchises through jokes, quests, items, and other weird ways, like all Super Mario Bros. nods through the series. This approach isn’t just exclusive to video games of course, and Gearbox filled The wonders of Tiny Tina with references to things like The Lord of the Rings or Terminator 2 – the first being cited by Claptrap in a side mission, and the second appearing in a death sequence for a boss. There are a lot of those little details that fans of other series will notice, and they make the overall experience feel more intimate and comfortable.
Why Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands References Are Top Notch
Because Borderlands games have historically included Super Mario Bros. Easter eggs, from hidden levels to legendary weapons, The wonders of Tiny Tina might be no exception. The wonders of Tiny Tina players can crush enemy mushrooms similar to Goombas, the famous mushroom-like monsters of Super Mario Games. Another fine example of The wonders of Tiny Tina‘ is the fact that the overworld section of the game allows players to traverse tall grass to find random encounters, which many Pokemon fans will immediately pick up as an allusion to the series’ long-running gimmick.
The wonders of Tiny Tina also has two particularly well done side quests that do similar things, one being called “The Ditcher” as a way to pay homage to the witcher series, and the other being “Little Boys Blue” in reference to the Smurfs. The Ditcher features a demon hunter as the main character, called Gerrit of Trivia, while Little Boys Blue sees forest goblins become enraged by the malevolent Garglesnot through a spell that turns them blue with white clothes. These are immediately noticeable mentions that are not only great ways to slip in Easter eggs, but also elevate the humor of the series.
Besides, star wars fans will spot the reference to George Lucas’ prequel trilogy films in the Maced Wardu Legendary Ward, a nod to Jedi Master Mace Windu. Then, The wonders of Tiny Tina does not hesitate to reference both the myths of Excalibur and the knights of the round table of King Arthur through the Extra-Caliber sword, and in the same quest, the Holey Spell-Nade – which is a callback of the classic Holy Hand Grenade bit in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Overall, while Borderlands games did something similar to what The wonders of Tiny Tina done for years, all of the references in this game blend seamlessly with the game’s story and particular spirit. As such, they are not mere quotes from other successful video games, literary works, or movies , but they are in their own way an essential part of what makes The wonders of Tiny Tina stand out from its predecessors.
The wonders of Tiny Tina is available for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.
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