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Are Borderlands And Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands Similar?

Are Borderlands And Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands Similar?

If you’re a long-time Borderlands fan then chances are you’re looking into getting Gearbox Software’s spiritual sequel to the franchise Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands. Perhaps the only thing that would make you hesitate from getting Tina Tina’s Wonderlands immediately is the question of how similar the game is to the franchise you know and love.

Which is why this article will focus entirely on the similarities and differences between these two franchises and provide you with all the necessary information you need to make a decision about Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands.

In this article, we go through the similarities between Borderlands and Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, such as:

  • Looter-Shooter Genre
  • Similar Gun game-play
  • Art Style

Moreover, we also discuss the differences between the two games. These differences include:

  • Character Creation vs Vault Hunters
  • Introduction of Melee Weapons
  • Spell-Casting vs Grenades

These similarities and differences aside we believe that both games are absolutely fantastic. With Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands being showered with compliments in all its reviews. Nonetheless, which game one would prefer ultimately is a matter of preference, and we hope that once we’ve laid out in detail the similarities and differences you will be able to which game you might enjoy more.


Developer Gearbox might be taking a detour from Borderlands when it comes to Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands. However, we cannot deny that there are some inexplicable similarities between the two games.

Looter-Shooter Genre

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This point might be pretty self explanatory, but we’ll go through it once as well. Both Borderlands and Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands are Looter-Shooter games, and thus share many key mechanics that this genre of games is known for.

Looter-Shooter games usually contain procedurally generated weapons and equipment, along with fast-paced gunplay and are known to allow players to sink hours of their time into obtain these weapons and equipment through grinding.

Both Borderlands, with its emphasis on gunplay and different weapon types and stats, and Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, with its usage of spells, rings, melee weapons and guns, are a perfect example of the Looter-Shooter genre. Additionally, their usage of RPG-esque elements and talent trees is a staple of the genre as well.

If you’re someone that enjoys playing these types of games then you’ll find both Borderlands and Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands incredibly similar on this front.

Gun Game Play

Another poignant similarity between Borderlands and tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is their Gun game-play. That is how the two games feel and play when it comes to their shooting mechanic. On this front Borderlands and Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands are almost identical.

Both games choose a system wherein each gun has a special ability and varied stats. These stats dictate how much damage the weapon is capable of towards enemies. Enemies in turn are able to take normal damage, elemental damage and critical hits depending on a percentage chance to hit.

Much of how the guns interact with enemies, and how in turn the enemies interact with the player character are similar between Borderlands and Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands. And it is clear that if you liked the gun-play in Borderlands you’ll find no shortage of it in Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands.

Art Style

Although it is plain for anyone to see that Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is slightly more polished in the graphical department it is hard to ignore the Artistic similarities between it and Borderlands. Both utilize a graphic novel art style where each image is heavily stylized with ink and paint.

This gives sharp definitions to characters and objects within Borderlands and Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands. Additionally, this sharpens the images to give them that distinct pop which is quite enjoyable no matter how many times you’re looking at a Gearbox Studio game.


Regardless of the apparent similarities though it is clear that Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is a different game in and of itself. And has various aspects that people, who find the formulaic Borderlands boring, might enjoy.

Character Creation vs Vault Hunters

The Borderlands franchise is known for providing you with distinct personalities in game that you can control. These characters are known as Vault Hunters, and it is their story-line that you see unfold in the Borderlands universe. What’s lovely about this feature is that you are given a far more invested and personal story. And it allows you to play the game multiple times to see the differences between the various Vault Hunters themselves.

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands forgoes this Vault Hunter character system and instead opts for a more traditional RPG approach of letting you make your own character. You’re provided a blank slate that you can customize the appearance of and decide what specific class you wish to utilize in throughout the game. This method allows players to more properly insert themselves into the game world and explore the Wonderlands the way they wish.

Melee Weapons

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Borderlands fans have wanted the inclusion of Melee weapons in the game for a long time. However, it wasn’t until Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands that they were given their proper introduction. Although there are still many problems with the Melee Weapons in terms of utility.

Nonetheless, they are an excellent addition to the combat system of Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands. You may pick from a variety of Melee weapon types and each has its own special ability and stats that adds an additional layer of sophistication to the build-making system.

Spell casting vs Grenades

This is a simple difference between the two games, but changes much of the outlook that one might have towards the combat system. In Borderlands you can use Grenades that when thrown on a single or multiple enemies would do splash damage that affected an area. This was excellent for controlling large groups of foes that might rush you, and was instrumental in providing some leeway when tackling mobs.

In Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands on the other hand the Grenade system is replaced with the ability to cast spells. These spells unlike grenades are not merely vessels for additional damage, but come with their unique abilities that enhance the skills of your character in numerous ways. Thus spells like mini-skills that you can use to further extend combinations and build-variety.

Whether it is healing yourself, locking an enemy to a particular location or enhancing the damage of your guns, the spell casting system has a myriad of options for you to engage with. This makes it quite unique from the average Borderlands experience.

In the end, Borderlands and Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands are both similar games in terms of their look and their core game-play features. However, one simply cannot ignore the numerous tiny differences that separate these two games and ultimately make them worthwhile experiences all on their own. Till next time! Ciao.