Version Reviewed: 1.0
Graphics / Sound [rating:5/5]
Game Controls [rating:5/5]
Re-use / Replay Value [rating:5/5]
This game is a real treat. Toki Tori is a charming, adorable game, and the graphics for this little beauty are extremely well done. Underneath the games cute personality however, there is a challenging mix of levels that will provide seemingly endless amounts of entertainment for all ages. I think (I hope) that Toki Tori will bring a bit of respectability to iPhone games that wasn't there before... hopefully encouraging others to follow suit. *fingers crossed* Let's take a stroll through Forest Falls shall we...
The premise of Toki Tori is quite simple. You, as Toki Tori, are on a mission to save your friends that are all trapped in eggs. At the start of each level, you choose the items that you need to complete the mission... apparently when you are a fat bird, you need all the help you can get. Each level thankfully tells you how many and what types of items you can use to help you collect all the eggs. There are several different items that you use as you get throughout the game, including the Telewarp, InstantRock and the Slug Sucker (mmm yum!). The levels often vary in difficulty and item usage, making the levels very challenging to work through.
Each level begins with a paused screen letting you plan your ultimate route. Moving the screen is quite nice on the iPhone because you can place two fingers on the screen and move it all around before the action starts. In this stage, it is also wise to plan a item usage strategy because you will often run into levels that give you, lets say one bridge instead of four. Consider your plan wisely or you will certainly fail.
A really nice feature in this game that I would love to see more of is the wild card feature. If there is a level that you are finding too difficult to get past, you get a wild card. This card lets you pass the current level, allowing you to go back to it at a later time. I love this because it can get really frustrating to lose over, and over, and over, and over again. Going to a new level with new challenges is a nice luxury... and probably is the savior of my sanity.
The controls in Toki Tori are pretty simple and easy to get used to. Toki moves by clicking the place you want him to go to, showing you green arrows indicating where his ending point will be. If you are not able to go to a spot that you have clicked, a red "x" pops up. Watching Toki walk across the screen by clicking on the end of the map is fun in itself, although not a great way to win. If you find that Toki is facing the wrong way, you can click again in another direction or just tilt your device and he will turn.
The graphics on this game are oh so gorgeous. The animations used for Toki are extremely cute and the item graphics are phenomenal at times. The telewarp in particular is graphically quite amazing... and extremely useful at the same time. The layout of the game is also well organized with the items available to you and the pause button fit on the left, on a semi-transparent background, taking up very little screen real estate. The menu bar can easily be moved to the right if you prefer, but I just stuck to the default. In the top right hand corner of the screen you have a little cloud with the number remaining of eggs to get... a constant reminder of the challenge ahead.
Overall this is a really cute game! There are a lot of levels and hours of game play here. Also because of the way the game plays there is scope for all ages. The game is undoubtedly, but not outrageously, tough, but being able to use the wildcard to pass levels means there is far less frustration. For $4.99, you get 4 worlds and 80 levels, making the game quite worthy of anyones iPhone or iPod Touch.