Is a child’s imagination powerful enough to make everyday toys like Hot Wheels cars, model airplanes and Army men spring to life, igniting a civil war that slowly tears a house apart? Of course not, but Dreamcast classic Toy Commander captured that same sense of wonderment on a godless, soulless disc. As long as you stay away from the racing levels, you’ll feel like a kid again, joyously reliving plastic-coated fantasies from decades long since past.
Hop in kid-friendly vehicles and stare in wide-eyed amazement at household items suddenly made astonishing:
Indoor basketball goals!
Kitchen counters made of individually separated Rubik’s cube pieces!
Boring, boring bookshelves in the living room!
That sparsely decorated room with chairs no one uses!
A cat that really wishes you’d play something else!
Most embarrassing tiny thing that kills you:
Of all the toe-sized opponents you’ll face, nothing is as degrading as a loss dealt by Chuck, a bunny-suit-wearing Godzilla toy. Sure he can breathe fire and is, for all intents and purposes, the same size as Godzilla, but c’mon... he’s wearing a bunny suit.
Not ready to leave the confines of your own home? Take control of Chibi Robo and engage in the endless cleaning of a home 50 times your size. And you thought tidying up one room was bad...
There’s hardly a series more beloved than The Legend of Zelda... but even iconic franchises need to mix things up now and again. That’s where Minish Cap comes in – Link, with the aid of talking hat Ezlo, can shrink to microscopic size and investigate/infiltrate areas that even child Link could never enter. These size-based puzzles added a welcome new layer to the rich brainteaser history Zelda already enjoys.
Thanks to this new perspective, you’re able to gawk slack-jawed at environments you’d normally pass right on by:
Fungus-infested tree trunks!
Creaky rafters overrun with Minish mice!
Watery old boots!
Lilly pads and floating flowers!
See it all in action here!
Most embarrassing small thing that kills you:
Battling these poisonous globs of goo is usually no big thing for Link, but when he’s tinier than a peck on the cheek from Princess Zelda, one is large enough to qualify as a boss. Please, don’t let Link fall to such an overly cuddly enemy.
The terminally ignored Psychonauts never strays from the bizarre, even dabbling in size-shifting just enough to make the also-ran list. Protag Raz (in the red circle) enters the mind of an unsurprisingly crazy coot who thinks he’s Napoleon, and once inside has to shrink onto a hex-based board populated with soldiers, buildings and random discarded items.