What I liked:
- I thoroughly enjoyed both the visuals and sound design because not only are they charming but they also make the gameplay more intriguing.
- Even though the game is still very challenging on easy I still liked that they added a number of difficulty settings for you to try.
- Whilst the game is short in length each bit of the content has a ton of variety within it and this does keep things fun and enjoyable for the most part.
- Technically the game holds up really well from start to finish and the platforming elements always feel responsive because of this.
What I didn’t like:
- It’s very challenging so if you’re looking for a more relaxing adventure then this won’t do anything but frustrate you the whole way through.
- The combat elements in the game get repetitive very quickly and the different enemies you come across don’t help the repetitiveness very much.
- I would’ve liked the option to have been able to save my progress because I think this would’ve helped lower the frustration levels a little.
Does Toki do enough to get a recommendation from me?
All in all unfortunately I never played the original Toki that released back in 1989 but I still knew quite a lot about it before playing the remaster of it and the main thing that I heard about it is that it was very challenging to say the least. This is very true as well because even on easy this game will have you failing multiple times but the added inclusion of multiple difficulty settings was a nice touch because the gameplay does feel different in each of them. In fact the gameplay has that much variety present in it that it makes you want to return back to it time and time again even though there isn’t much in terms of content present in the game. Technically the game doesn’t have many if any problems at all so you’ll always notice that the platforming elements feel responsive throughout even though the movement does feel a little awkward and slow at times. In terms of problems the game doesn’t have many but the idea of not being able to save your progress may be off-putting for some and I must admit that I wasn’t a massive fan of it either because it did make dying that little bit more frustrating. Despite the frustration you’ll no doubt experience in this game Toki still does more than enough to get a recommendation from me though because it features a presentation that’s charming to say the least and it features gameplay that is fun and enjoyable when played in short bursts. Yes the combat may be repetitive and it’s a little too challenging at times but for an old-school title I feel this game has aged very well.
I rate Toki 7.5/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Release Date (Xbox One): June 17, 2019