(Game Boy Color)

Toki Tori (Game Boy Color)

Game Review

Toki Tori Review

Europe PAL Version

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

A good egg

Many will be familiar with Toki Tori on WiiWare, released a few years ago and since on several systems; it's been quite the popular game, but not many people are familiar with the original entry in the series. This is understandable, because it was released at the tail end of the Game Boy Color's life cycle back in 2002, but now has a second lease of life on the 3DS Virtual Console.

If you've played the remake you probably know what to expect here, but for those new to Toki Tori, here's a brief explanation. You play as the titular bird attempting to rescue your siblings, who are still trapped in their eggs, and have been scattered through four different areas. Toki Tori isn't very athletic or strong, so to get around each level you'll have to rely on a limited supply of special abilities, each of which has its own unique use.

The very first one lets you build a simple, small bridge to cross gaps, but you'll quickly find yourself using teleports, freeze rays and others, some of which are exclusive to a particular world; these include the incredibly handy bubble suit, which allows you to float upwards a limited amount of spaces, a very important ability for many of the underwater levels.

A lot of the levels feature enemies, but as Toki Tori is mostly defenceless you'll have to find a way around these with your abilities, or use them to your advantage by freezing them with the freeze ray (when available) and using them as stepping stones. Simply dodging them can be a bit tricky, as Toki Tori is quite slow — especially when falling — and has to manually jump up steps, rather than just running towards them to auto-jump as he has recently.

Most levels give you just enough abilities to get all of the eggs in one very specific way, so you'll have to get those gears in your head grinding if you want to figure out the solution. As you progress the stages become particularly challenging, with no way of skipping ahead, so if you find yourself stuck on a level you're not moving on until you beat it!

The levels themselves may be very familiar to you if you've played the WiiWare title, as they are certainly similar. Each of the four worlds have ten stages, plus a few "learn stages" where you get to experiment with a new ability when one is introduced. After clearing the ten normal stages, you'll unlock a set of hard stages for that world, which tend to live up to their name as they're significantly trickier to solve.

For a Game Boy Color title, meanwhile, the visuals are nice and detailed, with lots of little touches in each level. The music has good variety and does the trick, with the Creepy Castle theme in particular being catchy and memorable.

Conclusion

Toki Tori is a game many players missed the first time around, but you've now got a second chance to experience the original game on 3DS Virtual Console. With 40 increasingly challenging main stages and several optional hard stages, you're likely be entertained for a good amount of time before finally clearing it.

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User Comments (27)

sebman30

#1

sebman30 said:

really urgently want to get this game but i want to wait to see the results of the NL comp arrrgh!! cant decide!!

Dbchuck

#2

Dbchuck said:

Good review. Loved the game on Wiiware. Now i can enjoy Toki Tori on my 3ds :-)

Bass_X0

#6

Bass_X0 said:

There's nothing more satisfying than working out how to do a hard level on your own.

C-Olimar

#7

C-Olimar said:

Ugh I misread Wikipedia and thought that it only had 15 levels! Oh well, now I can wait for the competition results!

chewytapeworm

#8

chewytapeworm said:

The Wiiware version was class, but my money is best saved elsewhere as it's so identical to it. Can't wait to see what Two Tribes have in store for Toki Tori on the Wii U! And, good review!

Barbiegurl777

#11

Barbiegurl777 said:

I can't wait to download this when it hit's the North American e-shop. :D

To be honest I actually really like the GB, & GBC a whole lot more than the GBA games.:)

Happy Gaming! (^_^)

MeWario

#13

MeWario said:

I'm currently about half way through and loving it! This is what excited me about the virtual console, forgotten gems like this. Best looking Game Boy game I've played in a while too! 8.5/10

Mk_II

#14

Mk_II said:

I remember buying this when it was new. Great game with excellent tunes and graphics of 1st party quality; one of the best looking GBC games in my opinion.

grumblegrumble

#15

grumblegrumble said:

So, since Nintendo robbed us of another VC e-shop title in North America this week, when are we getting this title? Anyone know??

Squashie

#17

Squashie said:

It will be great to play the original version of the game! Can't wait to pick this up! :)

Dreadjaws

#18

Dreadjaws said:

Mmmm... I think I'll save my money for Toki Tori 2, which is coming this year and has a level editor. I don't know if it's coming to consoles, though.

Gridatttack

#19

Gridatttack said:

Great game. This game and speedy eggbert are one of the most fun puzzle platforming I played.

kuroneko

#20

kuroneko said:

I bought the Wiiware version when the service launched and loved it! I'm glad the original has made it's way to the 3DS but I will probably just save my money for the sequel. :D

Toki Tori is a really cute game protagonist, would definitely buy a plush toy of him if one was ever released. :)

grumblegrumble

#25

grumblegrumble said:

Just got it! YAY!!! SO happy to see a quality VC title released again! (Of course, they are all quality VC titles to me.) This one seems to be the big time, tho ;) Can't wait to play it, I never have. Here goes ;)

Joygame51

#27

Joygame51 said:

I have this game on a GBC cart comming from AMAZON in a couple of days.., I don't have a 3DS but I want this game. the cart is only 2.79 from amazon soooo Tori Toki is comming my way ANYWAY !!

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