Originally released on Wii U back in 2013, Toki Tori 2+ is a game that has seen continuous tweaks and improvements with almost every edition released. Despite the fact that the latest version on Switch hasn’t been called ‘Toki Tori 2+ Definitive Edition Deluxe Turbo-Supercharged XL & Knuckles’, the five-year gap between this release and the Wii U version has given developer Two Tribes a chance to improve the game slightly further, and there are a couple of notable changes that do just that.
For those who haven’t played it before, Toki Tori 2+ is a puzzle game that revolves around a very straightforward two-button mechanic; your ‘A’ button acts as a whistle, which can either be used as one short blast or to play various melodies, and your ‘B’ button performs a stomp. The controls are always incredibly simple as a result, but it doesn’t take long for the game to reach quite high levels of complexity.
Puzzles are usually solved by interacting with creatures on screen; some of these creatures are friendly beings that can be used to help you progress, and others are enemies that you’ll need to either avoid or skilfully outmanoeuvre. As an example, a common combination sees you stomping the ground to knock down a berrybug, allowing it to fall next to a frog that will gobble it up. From there, you’ll use your whistle to get the frog’s attention, and perform another stomp to make it burp a large bubble which will carry you into the air and above any large obstacles. Your little chick can’t do anything movement-wise other than a slow waddle, so the creatures are the key to getting around.
As we mentioned earlier, this all starts off easy enough, and you’ll be gaining confidence with each puzzle you solve, but things soon get much more tricky. Some puzzles will require you to keep on top of multiple creatures, making sure that they all go where you need them to at the exact right moment as you desperately run around like a flustered mother hen. If you fail, you’ll likely have to reset the puzzle, and possibly witness grizzly, deeply distressing, Pikmin-style deaths that make your chest literally ache with sadness. It gets tough, but the fact that each and every puzzle can be solved with those two actions is really impressive.
It’s an attractive world to explore, too. The various settings, spread across forests, a waterfall, grasslands, and a volcano, all look beautiful in both TV and handheld modes, running at 60fps in full resolutions. The visual style, when mixed with some cute musical elements and the adorable whistles shared between your chick and the copybug creatures, will make you want to explore the entire map, even if doing so can be frustratingly difficult at times.
You see, perhaps the game’s only major flaw, and one that we picked up on when playing the Wii U version several years ago, is that getting stuck can be a pretty disastrous issue. Toki Tori isn’t afraid to let you figure things out on your own; in fact, for quite a while we had no idea why we were collecting little gold wings and what the purpose of activating the numerous, sporadic glowing stones actually was. If you can’t figure out how to complete a puzzle, you’ll be stuck there until you either work it out by trial and error, or give in and look for help online.
Things do unravel eventually, and as you start to learn songs (small whistle combinations that trigger special abilities), the game does become a little easier to navigate, but there are still times when you’ll find yourself at a loss as to what is supposed to happen next.
This is where Two Tribes has stepped in over the last few years, however, responding to player and critic feedback wonderfully. When the game was enhanced to its ‘+’ edition on Wii U, a few months after we played it for review, many of the issues we faced had been re-thought, offering ways around the more tedious aspects of the game. This Switch release has brought with it even more changes, once again providing ways to avoid the more frustrating parts of the experience.
This time around, a new checkpoint melody has been introduced, allowing players to summon a checkpoint wherever they wish. While this doesn’t make the puzzles any easier to solve, and you could still find yourself stuck for long periods of time, it does mean that you can set up a checkpoint right before attempting something full of temperamental creatures, allowing you to reset quickly rather than having to redo an entire room (which can sometimes take a good 15 minutes to accomplish). It feels like the perfect type of addition; Two Tribes hasn’t sacrificed the complexity that makes Toki Tori what it is, but has provided a way for players to enjoy the difficulty without getting too frustrated.
It is worth noting that the level editor, a mode which allows players to create their own levels from scratch in the Steam version of the game, is still not available here (and apparently cannot be brought to console editions). If you’re not too fussed about making your own levels, though, and are more interested in playing through the game’s campaign, the Switch version is the best console offering available thanks to its portability and all of these latest updates.
Toki Tori 2+ on Switch is still the same, cute and cuddly, yet fiendishly tricky game that we’ve been enjoying for the last few years, but with some notable improvements that make it the best version currently available on consoles. The difficulty of some puzzles may still be too much for some, but the levels of frustration that plagued earlier releases have been somewhat nullified thanks to new mechanics. If you’re interested in what the title has to offer, or have only played it in its earliest forms, we urge you to give this version a try.
I bought it on the 3DS but never got around to giving it a proper go. Maybe I will this time around.
I tried to play this on Wii U just could not get past how difficult of a game it was for me it took away from the fun, it really needs some in game tutorials it was just to confusing to me atleast.
Lovely looking game and a very clever one but it wasn't a game I enjoyed. I gave up around half way through out of boredom rather than frustration. Thing is I loved the original. Don't let my comment put you off though, it's a very well made game by a fine developer that you might really enjoy.
@OorWullie heh. I was the same way. Didn't like this but loved the original.
Never picked this up on Wii U but I am tempted now. Anyone thinking it is worth it for sure?
Brilliant game, 10/10.
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Check out Two Tribes website above to see all the improvements that they made to the Switch version of the game. I may have to buy this AGAIN at some point. It's just that good.
And the reason the level editor isn't in the game is partly down to Nintendo, Two Tribes, technical issues and poor sales. They did try before on Wii U and explained why it didn't make it in. I'd suggest some of those issues still exist.
Glad to hear it's good! Never played any versions of the game and am really looking forward to it!
Purchased this game on Wii U when they announced the level editor was coming. Guess I should be happy, in a spiteful wa,y that Switch didn't get it either, but I'm not that spiteful.
I finished the main story - not 100% - without any help, it was a challenge but a good game. $9.99 isn't too bad considering how many $14.99 and even $19.99 indie games I've seen these days. But it should be $5 just for the fact still no level editor that they've had 5 years to implement.
Bought the WiiU version day one and got frustrated not knowing where to go or what to do.
Tried it again when they released the update that gave you some ideas where you'd been.
However it was too tough for me. I could see what I needed to do, but would spend a half hour or more trying to execute the solution over and over again.
I'm a big fan of the boxboy series and pushing, and I love platform games and puzzle games in general, but this game was too obtuse and difficult for me.
@BenAV That was Toki Tori, a remake from the original. Toki Tori 2 was never released on 3DS.
A 10/10 to me. Absolutely brilliant.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE It's lovely to see you being positive on here, especially about a Wii U port . And I have to agree fully, this is a 10/10 game for me and instant recommendation for anyone that enjoys puzzle gameplay in any form.
Love this game on Wii U, would probably pick it up again once it's on sale.
Toki Tori 1 is better in my opinion.
I generally agree with the reviews here, but this is a flawed game. It sort of combines 3D and 2D mapping systems in a way that is completely unintuitive. The environmental puzzles are cleverly conceived but poorly executed. For example, you may need to interact with wildlife on one screen that will have an effect on some puzzle many screens away. Here's the problem- getting the item to do what you need it to do is wildly inconsistent.
The result? You will wander for hours lost, unsure of where to go or how to get there, walled in by a puzzle that you think you may know how to solve but have no ability to do so.
Toki Tori 1 is a tight, clever puzzle platformer. They tried to go bigger with the sequel. In my opinion, it didn't work.
@ASTURmatr Oh right, my mistake. You can tell that I never got around to playing it because I don't even remember that much haha.
Have this on PC and didn't care for it. Decided to give it a go on Switch, and now I'm not sure what I was thinking before. (Actually, I am sure, but that's beside the point.) Point is, it's looking to be a really fun game.
If Two Tribes would bring the first Toki Tori to Switch, I'd gladly buy it a second time, too.
Really hoping to find the time and courage to give this game another go.
very nice game indeed.
I'll play my WU copy first. Edit: After I figure it out.
Is the PS4 version also missing the level editor? I tried looking up reviews, twitter, and using search engines and no mention at all of the level editor.
I played and completed this on the Wii U and had a good time with it. For £10 I have dived in again to play it on the go. A game that will hopefully fit in between other games.
@BenAV That’s Toki Tori 1; Toki 2+ was always a console game and was never released on handheld.
@brianvgplayer yes; level editor never made it to consoles. More info:
@Muddy_4_Ever we tried to ensure that the situation you are describing only occurred for the hard puzzles. And those are optional. Usually you don’t have to get one creature to a destination many screens away. Unless it is relatively obvious that that’s the intention. For instance bringing light to some dark place. Or bringing a berrybug to the one frog in a level.
@retro_player_22 you’re in luck: it’s on sale now
missed it on previous platforms, playing right now and loving it
I agree with the guys, it's a nice game but some rooms are too complicated, especially considering the scrolling. It needs to be a little more logical. The checkpoint update should be released for Wii U as well.
@Priceless_Spork The original one is on a lot of platforms including Wii, 3DS and Wii U and Toki Tori 2+ is available on many others including Wii U and Switch but not 3DS. They should release them on Xbox One too because they are on PS4.
@Priceless_Spork on WiiWare and 3DS we released Toki Tori. This is its successor Toki Tori 2+
@TwoTribes Already got it.
Have the Wii U version so will just play that version when I get around to it.
May need to pick this up. Mark Brown makes it sound pretty amazing:
Just finished the main story, and thought this was fabulous. Some of the puzzles were genuinely quite tough, but the game is always scrupulously fair. You are given exactly as many tools as you need to get to the next checkpoint, and you can see, reach or at least interact with everything necessary. There are no cruel red herrings or cheap solutions; it's all laid out for the player, and it's simply up to you to work it out. For me, it's up there with Human Resource Machine as the best puzzler on Switch, but the charm tips it over the edge.
That said, I'm not sure I have the willpower to go for 100% completion. The main campaign was testing enough!
4/5 from me. Enjoyable game, with excellent artwork and music. Clever puzzles, and game building. Not too easy, not too hard.
This game is a little piece of magic. If puzzles is your thing, then pick this game up. I have given this game 9 out of 10. What Keep me from giving 10 is;
The scope of the game is a little shortcomming
The story - Well I wouldn't Call it that.
Otherwise - sheer enjoyment.
Just picked this up for free (well 2 dollars and tax) with a Christmas gift card for $2.50 coke a cola sent me lol. Much better use of their genorosity than the 20oz drink they wanted me to buy. Really cute game with some neat puzzle mechanics.
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