With another Toy Story movie out at the cinemas and this one
boasting glorious 3D, it was inevitable that a video game would
follow. Then you have the dreaded movie game curse and more
often than not, a video game based on a movie is pretty
horrendous at that. But as of late, this curse has been broken
and we’ve seen some great movie based games.
So where does Toy Story 3 fit into the grand scheme of video
games? Ironically, it’s loosely based on the movie but as a
game, it succeeds on most levels. With that said, the game is
aimed at the younger gamer but even those younger games need
something well made and Toy Story 3 is just that.
At its heart, Toy Story is a third person arcade game that lets
you control a variety of characters from the movie. The story
story mode loosely revolves around the film with key segments
from that film such as the Day Care Centre and the rubbish tip
with the trash compactor. Basically, Woody and Co must save each
other from the dreaded overlord teddy of of the Day Care Centre
and basically find a way to return home. The story also boasts
some snippets from the movie as a reward for progressing.
Although the game features all your stock standard arcade
platforming clichés from running, jumping and dispatching
enemies, the characters and the voice acting actually make the
game even better than it really is. It may not add anything new
to this genre, however when it comes to fun and excitement for
the younger gamer, it works. Even for this old dinosaur
reviewer, Toy Story 3 was a fun experience, albeit the sometimes
frustrating control scheme.
The game even borrows elements from the LEGO game series as you
need to swap between characters to solve various puzzles.
good thing about Toy Story 3 is that not all the characters
control the same and their environments can be quite different,
whether it's Woody chasing a runaway train or Buzz firing his
lasers, it’s quite reminiscent of the movies.
Unfortunately the controls are not always 100% accurate,
especially when it involves timing or distance and more often
than not, I found myself somewhere where I shouldn't be.
There are a few different gaming modes in Toy Story 3 which
include the traditional arcade story mode which most gamers
should be able to polish off in around 5 or so hours and my
favourite mode, the toy box. The Toy Box really opens up the
game to the Toy Story universe and is an open-world game,
similar to Grand Theft Auto or Red Dead Redemption which allows
you to control different characters and embark on character
The open world
adventure of Toy Box allows you to customise your toy town,
embark on a variety of games from racing, hunting for gold and
even rescuing aliens. As you complete these goals, the player is
rewarded with new unlockable content such as new buildings and
even characters. The best part is that these unlockable include
other characters from the Pixar universe.
the game supports another player who can jump into the game at
any time to help you explore or even race against each other.
It's definitely very family friendly in this aspect and I must
admit that we had a ball playing it with other people. This is
also good when someone gets stuck in the game as well.
game looks like the Pixar movies with some great attention to
detail, albeit in a cartoon way. With lots of colours, special
effects and larger than life characters. The voice acting and
music is on par with the gameplay and I commend the developers
for putting together a decent movie adaptation, even though the
movie takes a back seat role.
In conclusion, Toy
Story 3 is a fun game for the younger gamer that older gamers
will still get a kick or two out of it. There are some
frustrations with the control and the story mode is a little
short and disjointed but the Toy Box is brilliant and I hope to
see more of this style of game. There's definitely something for
everything in the Toy Box!