Version Reviewed: 1.2
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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Physics based puzzlers are abundant on the App Store. Physics based puzzlers with character and personality are distinctly lacking however. Enter Toshi, a rather cute and charming Japanese popstar. She loves to dance it seems but unfortunately she can't walk. She's also found herself in the awkward position of being stuck on various blocks a short distance away from the dance floor. It's a tough world for Toshi clearly but at least she's got you to save her.
You do this by shooting the blocks under or around her thus sending young Toshi in the right direction and depositing her on the dance floor. The main unique thing about Save Toshi is that the game is 3D. I've played plenty of physics based games that are only 2D but this one actually requires you to rotate the screen around and approach blocks from different angles depending on what you want to do with them. It's very simple to get the hang of and also great fun.
There's a plentiful supply of levels on offer with 100 in all and a gradual difficulty curve to ensure your brain doesn't explode too quickly. Although it's good to see that the levels do get increasingly fiendish. The short level style is perfect for the portable format of the iOS devices meaning you can drop in and complete a level or two before going back to your daily bits and pieces. Or you can stay hooked and complete a load of levels in one go, something which I found myself doing when I really should have been working.
I was impressed by Save Toshi. I expected formulaic but it covers this up nicely with the addition of the ever useful extra dimension. Open Feint and Game Center achievements and leaderboards are a nice touch too, especially as you're graded on how quickly you complete each level.
Give it a whirl. Physics puzzlers have been done plenty of times before but Save Toshi brings something new to proceedings and it's great fun for it.