Tinhead QUByte Classics Review (Xbox Series S)

For our Tinhead QUByte Classics Review, we play an action/adventure platformer that puts us in control of Tinhead as he embarks on a journey to save the stars from the evil Grim Squidge. Leap, slide, hop, fly and shoot your way through wacky worlds and super-tricky challenging levels as you guide Tinhead to free the stars. Take on pesky spinning Krystals, relentless flying Saw-Sirs, and hordes of mega-tough bosses.

Tinhead QUByte Classics Review Pros:

  • Decent 16-Bit graphics.
  • 701.1MB download size.
  • 1000 Gamerscore.
  • Adventure platformer gameplay.
  • Game filter setting – smooth, sharp, CRT, and XBR.
  • Screen mode settings – normal, fit, and stretch.
  • Two games in one – Tinhead and Tinhead Alternative.
  • The game menu can be bought up at any time.
  • Easy to swap games.
  • Save and load when you want.
  • 2 difficulties for both games – practice and normal.
  • The password save system is still in the game.
  • In-game cutscenes.
  • Proper retro atmosphere.
  • Classic Chiptune soundtrack.
  • The gimmick is you can select the trajectory of the projectiles you shoot.
  • Levels are huge with multiple layers and routes to explore.
  • End of level breakdown.
  • Collect orbs and stars for points.
  • Music test in both games.
  • Can rebind controls.
  • A mix between platforming and shooting.
  • Good fun.

Tinhead QUByte Classics Review Cons:

  • No tutorials.
  • Doesn’t have any history on the game.
  • The alternative version plays badly with slowdown and weird character input lag.
  • No online leaderboards.
  • Lacks replay value.
  • The most annoying aspect is how you slide down any slope.
  • The camera doesn’t go as far ahead as you would like making it hard to see enemies.

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Tinhead QUByte Classics:

Official website.

Developer: Piko

Publisher: QUByte Interactive

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  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10


OK so I have never heard of this game before and that’s on me, QUByte have brought it back and I love them for it! This is a fantastic action platformer that even by today’s standards is an exciting prospect. It plays like a modern game but is clearly a retro atmosphere-filled nostalgia trip. Yes it’s difficult and yes it takes some getting used to but suck it up buttercup, this is how gaming used to be! Seriously though this is a great game and I found myself playing the original more as it looked nicer, played better, and didn’t have any weird performance issues like the remade version had. Overall Tinhead is a must-play action platformer and a wonderful nostalgia trip.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!