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Thursday, 3 March 2016

Review - Toki Tori

Toki Tori is a small yellow bird rescuing eggs from mean creatures (I forget the exact reason behind this!), which is the setting for a nice puzzle game by indie developers Two Tribes.  The game has the gameplay mechanics of a puzzle game with the aesthetics of a platformer, and this actually works well.  Both keyboard and mouse controls are generally fine, sometimes fiddly movements in small spaces are a little awkward with the mouse though.

There are 5 areas split up into 12 levels.  Once you complete some of these the Hard levels for that area become available, and when you complete all of them, you can access the next area.  The Hard puzzles are much tougher than the normal ones but you do not need to complete them to get the the next area.  However they do add quite a bit of longevity to the game.  There are also a small set of bonus levels and community-made levels that can be played.  The game comes complete with its own level editor, though I have to confess that I have not used this myself.

The graphics are bright, cartoony and very cute, with quality animations to match.  The music too is good and bounces along, although for some reason my little girl keeps saying she doesn't like the music (do not attempt to understand the mind of a 5 year-old...)  The game keeps new and different challenges coming your way at a good pace.  

In terms of game play mechanics you have to move around, using items in the correct places at the correct times - sometimes this is obvious, at others it takes a good smattering of grey matter application to work out.  At any time - including after you die - you can rewind to any point you've already played on that level, which means that although it's difficult in places, the frustration level is kept to a minimum.

Overall Toki Tori is a good puzzle game at a reasonable price.  At first it fools you into thinking that the normal levels are going to be a breeze to complete, but this is certainly not the case.  It's a good game for playing with your kids too.  Available on Steam

(PC version reviewed, although the game is available in several formats.)

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