Toy story: Recon plan Charlie Execute!
Well, well, well, where should I start on this game? This was another on e of my childhood favorites. Toy story was a great game in its own right, but perhaps made even better because it was based off the disney movie. This game is awesome! It took me forever to conquer! In fact, I actually wore out my original Super Nes before I could complete it. I had to wait until I was able to get a new one so that I could finally finish it! (Of course, if I knew about vizzed back then, I wouldn't have had to wait!) Anyways, enough with the introduction, on with the review!
I never knew some of the things that they did here could come out of the snes! Everything was just fantastic! The way characters moved and appeared, the graphics for you health and lives, just everything. Every level was unique, but at the same time, you could tell when you were in the same or different areas of the toy story world. There are so many graphical treats in here...even a first person maze! Yep that's right! First person! What's even better is that it looked awesome! My favorite graphics of all though were probably that for pizza planet! That was quite comical, walking inside a soft drink cup, while watching out for falling food and drink!
Again, a well covered department. The music for the game was absolutely awesome, even after a few years of not playing this game, I can still remember the music from different levels pretty clearly! I loved when you were in the claw machine trying to protect buzz how the aliens always squeak when you go to throw them at the claw. It might sound like it would be annoying, but really, it isn't! Another good part for sound was when you are riding rex to get out of the house, I never knew he could stomp like that! Basically, I felt that there was only one flaw with the sound. Going back to the claw maching now. Whenever you're jumping around in there, it sounds like when you land at any other point in the game...shouldn't it sound a little different? Just my opinion, though.
Do you have any idea how many times I played this game? Even after completion, I started getting into speed running it, because I just had so much fun with it! Even now, I want to see how good I can do at it. So I really, don't think it gets much better than this!
The story is a good one, it follows the main story of the movie but has it's own little twist on a few scenes. For instance the part about riding on rex was a new addition, and last I looked Woody didn't battle buzz in a dream or lasso tires around him. But they are perfect tweaks for the game, just the same. My only disappointment is that they didn't have better cutscenes. I'm pretty sure that nintendo could have pulled at least something off besides showing you the words for the story. But at any rate, it's still good.
A game that took me years to complete? Yep, I'd give it a nine. There are so many game elements and styles of gameplay to be found here. I already mentioned a couple things like the first person maze and riding on rex, but how about drivng an RC car to know buzz out of the way, or driving down the road with it? Here's one even better...We're flying! (Or is it falling--with style!) There's even more that I could mention for that, but I don't want to spoil the entire game after all! While there really is not much for collectibles, you do get to collect so many stars in a level, the more stars that you collect, the better your chances for extra lives and continues. Also, there is a scoring system based on how many stars you collected in the level.
For me, this was obviously a tough game, at least in my younger years! Now, it's not nearly as tough, but don't underestimate the challenges that it can offer. Controlling that Rc car can be a bear, and sometimes, the grappling required for certain points in the game is just incredible. There's spots in the game that I still have not been able to successfully reach...even after all this time!
In my opinion, Toy Story is truly a great game, in it's own time, and even now. It might not be in 3d for the entire game, but it has enough challenges and surprises to keep you playing for quite a long time! Thanks for reading!