Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Toy Bot Diaries Compiliation Review

The Toy Bot Diaries series is one of the most famous in the App Store. Recently, IUGO released a combination of the three games in one, which is an amazing deal for your money.
Toy Bot Diaries Compiliation, $3.99, by IUGO Mobile Entertainment Inc., is a physics based platformer where you are a small toy originating in a vending machine, and you must save your king, then eventually the world. There are three "Entries," each lasting an hour or so, if you don't try to collect the hidden phones scattered throughout the levels. At the end of each entry is a boss battle, with unique gameplay elements. The first entry is inside the vending machine and sewers, the second is out in the open world, and the third is in space, with some sections of zero gravity.
The controls are simple. Tilt to move, and touch on an area to grapple there, if it is a certain type of metal. You can also tap and hold to activate magnet boots, which stick to an object or wall. This allows for complex puzzles involving magnets, grappling, pushing objects, and other elements. Sometimes you even have to carry an object with your magnet boots to a different portion of the level to unlock a door.
The graphics are cartoony, and perfect for the game. When doing different actions, Toy Bot makes different facial expressions, which makes him seem very real. All the items and enemies are different from eachother, and almost each level you can see something new in the game.
Some of the levels aren't entirely linear, and it's sometimes hard to find your way around them, especially in the second entry. Some of the levels in the third game introduce "security camera" sections, where you are viewing your character on a monitor, and can press switches to clear your path to the exit. If you are interested in those types of games, IUGO has another game called Toy Bot Mini Missions, with multiple characters.
The music of the game, along with the sound effects, make you feel like you're in a vending machine, or space, or in a sewer. It's very well done, though the noise you hear when Toy Bot grapples can get annoying once you've heard it over and over, and over. (And over)

Perfectly Fitting Graphics
Cheap for the Amount of Content
Almost Spot-On Controls

Somewhat Repetitive Sound Effects
Levels Can Get Confusing

Bottom Line:
The cute graphics, storyline, and good controls featured in Toy Bot overcome its shortcomings by a long shot.

Graphics: 5/5
Gameplay: 4.5/5
Controls: 4.5/5
Sound/Music: 4/5
Replay Value: 3/5

Overall: 8.75/10 (not an average)


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