Toki Tori is likely one of the most adorable little games you can get for your iPhone today. The game puts you in control of Toki Tori, a newly born “chicken” who’s on a quest to save his unborn siblings. Because you can’t fly, you’re given items and weapons along the way to help you traverse the various worlds and defeat baddies that stand in your way.
As soon as you start playing, you’ll immediately pick up on the fun and upbeat tone of the game. The graphics are incredibly well done and the soundtrack is fun and easy to listen to. There are tons of levels too. A total of 80 levels within 4 different worlds is sure to keep you coming back again and again.
The only item I can think to wag my finger at is the lack of iPod support.
Thanks to its progressive skill learning format, nearly every level introduces a new skill or item to wield. You start off modestly with the ability to build small bridges to cross gaps. Later on you’re given a teleportation device, freeze guns, and more. Sometimes use of these items is limited, sometimes it’s unlimited.
To pass a level, you need to collect every egg without getting killed by an enemy. Although you have items to help you with various challenges, you still need to carefully pick your route to each egg. If you drop down too far without getting eggs at a higher level, you may not be able to get to them. That said, it’s almost impossible to get frustrated with the game. Because the concept is so simple, a few trial and error sessions will get you out of any jam.
Directing Toki Tori around the various stages is quite easy. Simply tap where you’d like him to go, and he’s off! If you’re not sure where to go, pinching will show you the whole map for more informed navigation. If you have lots of trouble with a particular level, one wild card is available to skip the level. If you go back later and defeat the level, you get your wild card back.
Overall, Toki Tori is quite an incredible iPhone game. The graphics are spot on, the gameplay is fun and easy to master, there’s an insane number of levels, and it’s just cute as could be! Best of all, because new items are continuously being introduced, you may never tire of playing it.