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Toki Tori review

Get ready to become obsessed with a small yellow chicken

For

  • Friendly learning curve
  • Fiendish but logical puzzles
  • Bright
  • breezy presentation

Against

  • Wobbly motion control option
  • Might be too old school for some tastes
  • Technically a re-release

It may not be a WiiWare game you%26rsquo;ve paid a great deal of attention to, nestling as it does next to the universally praised LostWinds and big name franchise fare such as Dr. Mario and Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles. But pay attention to Toki Tori you most certainly should,because it has the potential to be the biggest sleeper hit in WiiWare%26rsquo;s early release schedule.

Actually, %26lsquo;sleeper%26rsquo; isn%26rsquo;t exactly the right word, as Toki Tori has already picked up a healthy wedge of plaudits through its original release on the Game Boy Color in 2001. Don%26rsquo;t go running away in a screaming fit of portophobia though. The tight, immediate action-puzzling you%26rsquo;ll find here is a perfect fit for WiiWare, and this new and improved version of the game is a very satisfying little package of fun indeed.

Blending elements of The Lost Vikings, Dizzy, Lemmings and Troddlers, Toki Tori puts you in control of the titular egg-shaped chicken on a quest to find his still shell-bound siblings. No seriously, come back. It%26rsquo;s great, we promise. You%26rsquo;ll mount this epic rescue attempt across forty 2D platform levels %26ndash; plus additional, unlockable, extra hard ones %26ndash; utilising Toki%26rsquo;s full range of physical attributes; namely the ability to walk left and right and fall down holes. Thankfully though, his pioneering levels of ineptitude are augmented by an ever-increasing array of tools with which he can get around.

For a small, naked bird he manages to keep a hell of a lot of hardware hidden about his person, and can make use of everything from bridges and teleports to building blocksand a variety of interesting methods of neutralising enemies. The catch is in the fact that he usually only gets a limited number of pre-allocated items to complete each level, a la Lemmings, and your task is to ration them off tactically for use in the right situations in the right order.

It sounds like a simple concept. Boring even. But Toki Tori%26rsquo;s deceptively accessible puzzles quickly evolve into gloriously infuriating head-scratchers. Between the logical, the spacial and the causal you%26rsquo;ll eventually find yourself having to juggle a huge array of inter-relating elements to achieve success. It%26rsquo;s one of those games that willhear your impassioned screams alternate between %26ldquo;I%26rsquo;m an idiot%26rdquo;, "I%26rsquo;m a genius%26rdquo;, and %26ldquo;This level is broken. It can%26rsquo;t be done%26rdquo; on a constant loop.

More Info

GenrePuzzle
DescriptionBased on the critically acclaimed Game Boy Color game, this WiiWare update improves the original with a new look, updated content and a completely overhauled Wii Remote control scheme.
PlatformPS3, Wii, PC, Game Boy
US censor ratingEveryone, Everyone, Everyone, Everyone
UK censor rating, 3+, 3+, 3+
Release date: (US), (UK)
Available platforms:Wii
Genre:Puzzle

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Long-time GR+ writer Dave has been gaming with immense dedication ever since he failed dismally at some '80s arcade racer on a childhood day at the seaside (due to being too small to reach the controls without help). These days he's an enigmatic blend of beard-stroking narrative discussion and hard-hitting Psycho Crushers.
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