may be more about honest reviews of the games we care about, rather than bleeding-edge gaming previews but
Chillingo has given me the opportunity to try out an upcoming
iPhone/Touch game called Toki Tori, so allow me to fill you in. Some of you may be familiar
with the game, as it has seen previous releases on other game systems
such as the Game Boy Color and recently the Wii via WiiWare.
Tori (which seems to be awkward Japanese meaning something like
“reliable bird”?) is an action/puzzle platformer game starring a little
bird on a mission to save his younger unhatched siblings. It’s similar
to games like Lode Runner and Solomon’s Key
yet differs having slower-paced more strategy-reliant gameplay. Our
heroic little fowl would be somewhat defenseless and unable if not for
several different gadgets, abilities and weapons that he acquires per
level. You must plan out his actions carefully to navigate each level
and save every egg. The game utilizes a point-and-tap interface that
seems to have no problem navigating the little bird where he needs to
go, if it’s at all possible. The preview build I was given is quite
polished with crisp prerendered graphics and cheerful music that
harkens back to the days of the Amiga.
While this build doesn’t contain all the features and levels from the
final version, it’s looking like this game could be a winner. I’ll
reserve my complete judgment until we can bring you a review
of the full version on its official release within a “few weeks”.