Toki Tori Review

Toki Tori Review

May 2, 2011

Developer: Polarbit
Price: US$2.99
Version: 1.0.0
App Reviewed on: Motorola Droid X

There’s a lot of “cute” and “cuddly” in Toki Tori. However, looks can be deceiving. While the characters are cute and the gameplay is simple, the puzzles in this puzzle/platformer are all business.

Toki Tori features 80 levels across a variety of themes such as forestry, castles, sewers and more. In each level, the goal is to collect all the eggs while avoiding bad guys and traps. As you go through the game, you unlock items, extra levels and other fun things. There’s a lot to do in this little game, and a lot of fun in discovering it.

The main appeal of Toki Tori is coming up with creative solutions to each puzzle without getting yourself killed or hopelessly stuck. Most of the puzzles revolve around your limited movement – you can’t climb high ledges or leap across gaps. This sets up a number of different scenarios where the only solution is to use one of the items you’ll find in this game.

You have a number of power-up items available, such as short bridges, telewarps, an ice gun and some other cool toys. At first glance, it might appear that each one has a specific purpose, but you’ll often find yourself coming up with creative uses for them. For example, let’s say there’s a small gap you need to cross, but you’re out of bridges. Have you considered using a telewarp to get across the gap?

In another scenario, you might not be able to reach a ledge without something to boost you up. Perhaps freezing an enemy will provide just the height you need to reach it? As you can see, you’ll have to do a lot of thinking outside the box with this game; the answers aren’t always right in front of you.

The power-up items are also limited on certain levels, so you’ll need to plan ahead and think carefully about where and how you use them. You needn’t worry if you make a mistake, though, as there’s a quick “rewind” feature built into the game that allows you to undo a mistake, even if that mistake resulted in death.

Another nice feature is the “wildcard,” which lets you skip a level. Just keep in mind, you can only use the card once. If you want to use it again, later, you’ll need to go back and properly solve the level you skipped.

The only thing I’m not crazy about is the control scheme. Touching anywhere on a level sends Toki Tori running off towards that spot if there are no gaps or obstacles. While it makes sense on a touch-screen, I like having more control over my characters. Toki Tori has a tendency to dive off a ledge if you accidentally touch a little too close to it. It’s also difficult to pull off rapid movement changes. Even so, a quick “rewind” corrects any mistake.

All in all, Toki Tori is a cute game with some seriously hard puzzles and plenty of content to keep you playing.


Toki Tori Review Rundown

9
Graphics/Sound - The graphics are fantastic with cute character designs and bright, vivid colors. Each character is fluidly animated. The music is just terrific. The only thing I didn't like was the constant the click-clack slapping noise of Toki Tori's feet as he runs. It can get a bit annoying.
6
Controls - Again, as I mentioned in the review, I wasn't crazy about the controls. I really would have liked the option of turning on a touch-screen gamepad for finer control with my left thumb while activating the power-up items with my right. I just didn't like the control scheme at all.
9
Gameplay - Very challenging, clever puzzles that require a lot of "outside the box" thinking.
8
Replay Value - There's a ton of stuff to do in this game and plenty of new levels to unlock. You're going to be playing Toki Tori for a while.
8
Overall - With great graphics, great gameplay and plenty of clever puzzles to solve, this is definitely a fine game for any fan of puzzle/platform gamers.

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Dale Culp
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