Tokobot review

The mini-robo abuse simulator

You've got to feel sorry for the poor little Tokobots. They just want to be friends, but the only bloke who'll touch them with a bargepole is a crazy, robot-battering nutcase with a severe attitude problem. It's never going to work out.

You see, the only way to get around in this platform-puzzle adventure is by picking up your cute Tokobots and smashing them into things. You fool them into thinking something good is going to happen, by holding their hands, then shatter their hopes (and bodies) by whacking them so hard against the wall, they actually stick.

It's also possible to swing them into enemies, or form them into a protective circle which you can then use to smash enemies on the head. There are six unwitting Tokobots to begin with, and extra ones are earned as you progress through the game. The more of them you have, the easier it becomes to slam them into far away objects.

It's a great concept, but the simplistic physics and repetitive puzzles let it down somewhat. You can never really put together any flowing moves, and the game runs out of surprises far too quickly. But while it lasts, it's a nice addition to PSP's meagre platform game library.

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