Ghost Toasters – Regular Show Review

Ghost Toasters – Regular Show Review

Oct 31, 2013

Ghost Toasters takes a rather novel idea: Get Grumpyface, a talented mobile developer that has made several great Adult Swim and Cartoon Network games like Super Mole Escape and Mutant Fridge Gumball, to take the Regular Show cast of characters, including the baby ducks from one of the show’s most famous episodes, and put them into a Super Crate Box affair where jumping through portals switches to a character with a new weapon. Oh, and ] add in portals that can call up extra characters to give the player multiple hits before failing, because this is a game based off of a Cartoon Network show. Throw in a level-based structure and a coins system for upgrades to help differentiate things. On paper, it’s a pretty rad combination, and there are times when it all shines through. The animation is fantastic, and there’s a real sense that making this game faithful to the Regular Show style was important in its creation. But then, the flaws rear their ugly head.

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Everything just feels too lose and chaotic. Games in this genre succeed when the player is ultimately in control. Super Crate Box is really hard, but when the player realizes that, hey, if I don’t make any stupid mistakes, I’m good to go! Ghost Toasters doesn’t quite have that ever happen. The problem is evident when enemies damage the player, as they often trap the player against a wall, making it difficult to get away, and it’s hard to tell when the temporary invincibility has expired. It’s killed me too many times.

The swiping-to-move control scheme feels overly clever. It’s a good idea in theory, it’s just too loose and, leaves the player without the sense of dominion that they ultimately need to succeed. The virtual jump and fire buttons aren’t able to be used in a comfortable way for jumping and fire.

The game’s structure is odd as well: the individual levels lack much variety, and the goals feel nebulous – if the portal and ghost kill counts were given beforehand, I think it would help make the game feel like it was giving the player something to aim for on their initial attempts. Endless levels should be unlocked quicker, too.

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While I think there are a lot of flaws with Ghost Toasters, it’s something of a noble failure: Grumpyface tried to make something cool, and the production values are obviously apparent. But, the flaws just damper the proceedings too much. There’s enough good here to make the game not a waste of time, but it’s just frustrating because this could have been really cool. Maybe next time, Grumpyface. Good effort, it just fell short. I’m still looking forward to whatever they put out next, whether it be for Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, or something completely different!

Regular Show Ghost Toasters Now on Android: Video of the Day

Regular Show Ghost Toasters Now on Android: Video of the Day

Oct 25, 2013

Regular Show meets Super Crate Box? Yep, that’s the premise of Ghost Toasters, the new game based on the hit Cartoon Network show, and it’s curious enough that it’s a perfect candidate for our Video of the Day.

Developer Grumpyface has done this sort of thing before, with Mutant Fridge Gumball on iOS being a deep beat ’em up with character leveling. This follows something of a familiar formula, as the various characters from Regular Show have a variety of upgrades. Character switching is done by going through portals, which switches to a new character from the series, with new ones unlocked later on. Unlike the game’s obvious inspiration, there’s a level-based structure, with set enemy patterns to face, earning stars for taking out a certain number of ghosts and getting through a particular number of portals.

Good luck, as the goals require focus to achieve. This is the developer’s M.O. with Cartoon Network: make games based off of familiar licenses with high production values (the animation is fantastic) that are more than just licensed schlock. This is also their first Android title, and hopefully some of their previous ones, including the excellent Super Mole Escape are potentially on the way. You can download Ghost Toasters now, but before that, watch some video of the game:

Oh My Glob! Cartoon Network Video Now Supports Kindle Fire, Nook HD, and the New Nexus 7

Oh My Glob! Cartoon Network Video Now Supports Kindle Fire, Nook HD, and the New Nexus 7

Jul 31, 2013

Cartoon Network’s app with clips, episodes, and even live network streaming is now available to even more Android users. The app has just launched on the Kindle Fire and Nook HD on their respective app stores. But owners of Google Play Android devices need not fret, as the app has been updated to be properly optimized for 7- and 10-inch tablets, just in time for the new Nexus 7! Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!