Saturday, June 27, 2009

Toki Tori Review

Do you have a Wii? Do you have a Game Boy Advance? If so, then you might have, or have heard of the game Toki Tori, which was very well received by IGN and many other sites. Because, now, Toki Tori has come to the iPhone and iPod Touch.
The goal in Toki Tori, $4.99, is to guide a bird named Toki Tori through 80 levels, spread across four worlds, and collect all of the eggs. The levels are presented in a platformer style, and Toki has various tools to help him move through the level. However, these tools usually have a limited amount of uses. When there is a gap in front of Toki, you can make a bridge across, and let Toki pass. If there is an enemy, like a hedgehog, you can shoot them with a freeze gun. If there is a wall blocking your path, you can teleport a certain distance. You have to use these tools in certain spots in each level, which makes the game challenging, and more fun. The graphics in the game are crisp and somewhat 3D, some of the best on the iPhone. To control Toki Tori, you simply tap anywhere that Toki can reach without using a tool. To view the whole level, do an outwards pinch identical to that in Safari, and other applications. To scroll through a level, push two fingers around. To use a tool, just tap on the left side of the screen, where there is a bar with the different tools, and how many you have of each.
A great thing about Toki Tori is the fact that there is a "Wildcard," which allows you to skip a level if it is too hard. To get the Wildcard back, you must beat the level that you skipped. This means that if you are stuck on a level, instead of giving up, you simply use a wild card and try again later. To unlock the next world, you do not have to play all the levels in the previous world, instead you have to beat the normal levels, then you have the option to play the hard levels, or the next world. If you choose to play the next world, you can just go into the level select screen and go to the last few levels. Also, all the levels are different, and you don't do the same thing over and over.
There is a bug in version 1.1, if you have the 3.0 software, it gets jittery if you play it for a few minutes. Version 1.2 was submitted with a fix, in the meantime, just turn off the in-game sounds and music, and that fixes everything. 

A Whopping 80 Levels!
Challenging, Requires Thought
Great Graphics

3.0 Bug

Bottom Line:
If you want a game that is a platformer, or puzzle game, that requires some thought, then you will definitely not regret your purchase of Toki Tori. 

Gameplay: 5/5
Graphics: 5/5
Controls: 5/5
Replay Value: 4.5/5

Overall: 9.75/10 (not an average)

EDIT: v1.2 was released, now you can listen to music as you please on 3.0.


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