Save Toshi Review

Save Toshi Review

Aug 29, 2011

After it’s discovered that a demon dies every time mega-popstar Toshi dances, the demons kidnap her to ensure that she never shakes her hips again! Before the world becomes overrun with hellspawn, someone needs to get her to the dance floor.

By firing tennis balls, you can topple pillars, move blocks and rotate set pieces to help push, slide and fling Toshi onto the dance floor. Solve the puzzle under a par number of shots, and you’ve got yourself a perfect score. Save Toshi’s puzzles get very challenging, and there are some I’m still not sure how to solve. Some require just one, carefully aimed shot while others require multiple, rapid shots. And then, there’s always the element of chaos, just to keep you guessing.

While saving the world requires saving Toshi, it also requires listening to her banter. In some cases, simply resisting the urge to fling tennis balls at her head can be the hardest part of the game. “It’s good to be back,” Toshi says, after I accidentally knock her into the water. “Are you blind?” she demands to know, after accidentally striking her with a tennis ball. “I’m alive! It’s a miracle!” she says after sliding off an ice platform and drowning, once again. Then, as she gets flung into the air, screaming, “SAYONARA!” I can’t help but laugh. As she coughs and sputters before exclaiming, “I think I swallowed some water,” while her voice tends towards a more annoying blend of Pikachu and Carol Kane (especially if you recall Kane’s role in the movie Scrooged), I find it impressive that the developers gave her such a variety of reactions. Thankfully, they also included the option to turn her voice off, if you’ve decided you’ve had enough.

Before you go rushing off to install Save Toshi, however, you should know a few things that happen outside of the game. Things like a notification ad that pops up, asking if you’d like to install other games and an app called “Heyzap” which would appear to be an OpenFeint-like social gaming network. While I really don’t mind in-game advertisements for a free game, this all seemed to go over the top, in my opinion.

Other considerations to take into account include the graphics being slightly stretched to fit the resolution of an Android screen — this is an iOS port, after all. And while the first level pack, consisting of 20 levels, is free, you can purchase the remaining 4 pack for a total of US$2.99. Thankfully, it relies on the Android Market’s in-app purchasing system, so it worked without a hitch. Alternatively, you can get the whole game for free by going through the built-in Tapjoy offer-wall.

Despite the odd ad placements, this really is a fun game. And keep in mind, you won’t even see the ads if you purchase the additional level packs. So, if you’re looking for some eccentric, physics-based puzzle fun, this might be the game for you. Save Toshi, save the world.