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Video Game Review – Toki Tori

Toki Tori is the last in this three-part trilogy of video games released by Two Tribes; Did we leave the best to last, or is Toki Tori not all that? For a game that was originally released back in 2001, has this game managed to stick through the ages, or is it all tweet and no treat? Join Timlah as we look through the last major game we’re looking at for the closing games studio, before their new game RIVE, which comes out later this year.

We saved Two Tribes arguably most famous game to last; Toki Tori has been around for a very long time. From the Gameboy Colour all the way back in 2001, to the PC in 2010, you can be sure that this game has stood the test of time itself and there’s a good reason for it. However, if you’re looking for a deep, complex game, this might not be for you. It’s a puzzling game, built with kids in mind. Don’t let that put you off though, there are some genuinely tricky puzzles in this title to keep even the best puzzling mind quizzical for a little while.

Toki Tori Logo

Overview

Developer Two Tribes
Platforms PC (Windows, Mac & Linux), Gameboy Colour, iOS, Android, 3DS, PS3, Wii U, and so, so many more..!
Windows Release January 2010
Genre Puzzle/Platformer
Price on Steam £3.49

Review

Story

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You start off by seeing some unhatched eggs in a nest, when all of them are taken away, except for one. The one remaining is of course our hero; Toki Tori, who conveniently hatches and gets to see the rest of the eggs being flown away to a castle! It’s now up to Toki to travel through, collect up all of the eggs of his brothers and sisters and to save them from whatever fate may meet them. It’s a relatively vague story but there’s your incentive to save everything. Considering this was originally released on the Gameboy Colour however, you wouldn’t really expect much from the story!

Gameplay

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As with all puzzler games, there really isn’t much in the way of a story but instead it’s all about the game play. The game focuses on Toki Tori, who is this cute little bird. He goes around and tries to collect all of the eggs in order to finish the level and go on to the next one. To make matters worse for Toki, he is unable to jump. He can only go up tiny little ledges, but he requires ladders or vines to go up much larger ledges. There’s enough of a challenge curve from the easy levels to the hard levels to make even the most puzzling of minds a little stumped, but don’t fret: the game teaches you everything you need to know before you go into the harder challenges.

There are items that help Toki get around a level, but you only get a limit use of most of the items. For instance; there’s a bridge which can be used for one “square”, This is useful for connecting two bits of land, but it’s got very little use other than that. Then there’s a teleport spell of sorts, which teleports Toki away by about 2 squares through any obstacles. Then there’s a bazooka of sorts, which actually freezes enemies on touch. Speaking of enemies; yes, there are bad guys who, on touch, kill you instantly. You must plan your way around a level and around the enemies to ensure you get all of the eggs without using up all of your items.

Graphics

This was a pleasant surprise to me – When they released this for Steam, they clearly made the graphics nice and modern, with a proper HD quality about it. It’s fun, it’s inoffensive and it’s a colourful, vibrant looking game. As always, here’s our gallery of the game:

Sound

 

 

Two Tribes once again know how to make great sounding games. The audio in Toki Tori is really nice and pleasant to hear throughout. It always feels like the music fits the theme of the game and it’s all in all an uplifting experience. Whenever you lose a life, it makes a very dramatic death sound, which is a little bit off putting… So don’t die again, damn it!

Overall

I like Toki Tori, but not as much as I like RUSH and EDGE. However, it’s worth noting that this game was their very first game and as I’ve already mentioned, it’s very much a kids game. This is the perfect game to introduce a kid to video games, so if you’re looking to get your kid to enjoy a pleasant experience, why not get yourself a tablet for those long journeys, get yourself this game and then away they go in the beautiful world of Toki Tori? It’s so colourful, they’ll be kept amused for hours on end. There’s enough silliness that they’ll be entertained and it’s tricky enough to really get their brains going.

But that’s enough with these reviews now: As always it’s now over to you. What do you think of Toki Tori? Do you think this colourful puzzler is enough to keep yourself or the youngsters in your life amused? As always, let us know what you think in the comments below, or over on our Facebook, Twitter or Reddit pages. That’s it from us and that’s almost it from Two Tribes. If they ever read this article – Thanks for the fun times!

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