Toki Tori – The PS3 Attitude Review
Created by Netherlands-based developer Two Tribes B.V., the puzzle platform game Toki Tori was originally released way back in 2001 for the Game Boy Color. Since then, the title has been through many graphical upgrades and appeared on a huge number of different formats, and next week, over ten years after the game’s initial release, PlayStation Network users can finally give it a play it too!
The PSN version of Toki Tori is essentially a straight port of the PC version of the game, which was released on Steam at the beginning of last year. However, Two Tribes have also included a number of relatively minor, but welcome additions, including 3D and PlayStation Move support, making this version, in our opinion, the definitive version of the game.
You play as the titular bird Toki Tori, and are tasked with rescuing missing eggs. Each level ends once you’ve found them all; you are free to collect them in any order, but some levels require you to find certain eggs before others, or you may find yourself stuck, as some sections of a level will become inaccessible once you have passed a specific point.
Thankfully, if you ever do get yourself into a bit of a pickle (and you will), you can rewind your progress, erasing your mistake and allowing you to retry without having to completely restart the level. You can use this rewind feature as much as you want, whenever you want, which is an absolute godsend on the game’s pesky later levels.
So where does the game’s challenge actually come from? Well, Toki Tori isn’t exactly the most active of birds; he can walk left and right, climb up and down ladders, and… that’s pretty much it. He can’t jump, and he certainly can’t fly, so he has to use various items in order to traverse each level. Knowing which item to use in any given situation is the key to completing levels.
For example, you can build bridges to cross gaps, use a teleport to move through solid walls, and much more. However, in most levels there is a limit to how many times you can use each item, so you will need to plan your route with care. Many levels also contain various enemies to avoid (or use to your advantage), which gives the game another layer of strategy.
Like all great puzzle games, many of the levels in Toki Tori can be completed in multiple ways, depending on which of the given items you use. There is always a way you’re ‘supposed’ to complete each level, but if you’re clever enough you might be able to beat Two Tribes at their own game, and complete a level without using all the items.
The levels are spread across four distinct worlds, from a forest to the bottom of the sea, and each world introduces new items, so the game gets much more complicated the further you progress. Don’t worry though, because the pacing of new items being introduced is spot on, so the game, while challenging, never becomes overwhelming.
For the PSN release of Toki Tori, Two Tribes have added an Easy Mode, designed for newcomers to the game, and featuring all-new levels. It only takes about half an hour to complete, as its purpose is simply to teach new players about the game’s mechanics, and how to use each item; it’s basically a tutorial, but it’s a nice addition nonetheless.
Another new feature is PlayStation Move support, which is used in the same way as a mouse in the PC version, and works extremely well. In a nice touch, everything from Toki Tori’s movement to using items is controllable with the Move controller itself, so you don’t need to also use a navigation or DualShock controller when using the Move.
As you might expect from a game that stars an egg-hunting bird, the presentation is decidedly upbeat, with ridiculously catchy music, adorable sound effects, and extremely colourful visuals. However, don’t let its kid-friendly appearance fool you, because even adults will struggle to complete all of the game’s 90+ levels and earn 100% of the PSN trophies.
Playing Toki Tori is the most fun we’ve had on PSN for a long time. The game has an effortless charm that makes it almost impossible to dislike, even by the most miserable of gamers. If you already own the title on Steam then it’s probably not worth buying again, but otherwise Toki Tori is an essential purchase for puzzle platformer fans; not bad for a ten-year-old Game Boy Color game!
Toki Tori is flying its way on to the EU PlayStation Store on Wednesday, 16 November.
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