finished toki tori last week. although the game is a completely solid puzzle game in the same tradition as the classic the adventures of lolo, it had the bad timing of coming out so far at the end of the game boy color’s life cycle that it actually came out several months after the game boy advance was released. i’m not the only one glad the game’s gotten a new lease on life in the form of an “enhanced remake” that was released for the wii’s download service early this summer to good reviews.
there’s not a whole lot to say about the original game boy color version of the game that can’t be summed up in the statement that it’s an easy recommendation: if you liked lolo, you’ll love this. like lolo, toki tori is colorful; the design is cartoony but fun and belies the oftentimes quite clever and head-scratching puzzles (don’t be surprised if you find yourself stuck for more than an hour on one of the harder levels); and the progression of difficulty is for the most part spot on. unlike lolo, toki tori includes a whole arsenal of items which all take a bit of mastering and help the game feel fresh. the game feels a bit cramped on the GBC, though, and you end up having to spend a fair amount of time just scrolling around trying to make sense of the big picture, so i look forward to replaying the wii version of the game on a bigger screen. the game’s also quite a good length, and i enjoyed tackling the harder levels, but i was a bit disappointed that there wasn’t a special ending after beating all the hard levels. the game says to visit a special page on the toki tori website, but i guess the page is no longer up; either that or i remembered the URL wrong. in any case, if anyone knows what was on that page please let me know! so, all in all definitely recommended, and a hearty two chicken thumbs up on this one. here’s hoping we get more from two tribes in the near future.
toki tori’s eggy links:
– IGN’s craig harris’s review of the original GBC version and his wiiware review
– someone liked the game enough to make a fansite, with sprites and a fancomic. awesome. haha.
– here’s a complete FAQ (even though i didn’t use it, and neither should you!). but post-win it’s interesting to see some cases where there’s more than one strategy to beating a level.
– this FAQ has some excerpts from the instruction manual
– entry at wikipedia
– entry on the developer, two tribes, at wikipedia
and some links for the wiiware version:
– official website
– cute trailer on youtube along with some other related videos from two tribes
– two tribes interview and review at wiiware-world.com
– a review at nintendojo.com