August 26, 2012

Toybox by Barrel of Donkeys

(5/5) Toybox for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad is is an extremely unique game that requires your full attention. The game is very simple, it has no plot or anything of the sort, it just has two games that you play at the same time. On one side of your screen is a scrolling shooter in which you must avoid getting shot and shoot at enemies. On the other side there is a match-three game. You must move around pieces that are going to fall in order to match three. The pieces come in 4 different colors, and you can only make matches with blocks of the same color. Making a match will give you some points, but it will also affect the shooter. Making a match causes any enemies and/or bullets on the screen to disappear, which racks up even more points. The controls are set up well, and are easy to use. The ship for the scroller is controlled by swiping in the direction you want to move the ship (it auto-fires), and the blocks for the puzzle game are moved around by tapping and dragging and then letting go. The difficulty slowly ramps up, but at a reasonable speed, so you don't feel overwhelmed. The game(s) require both hands, your attention, and deep concentration. The graphics are great. The backgrounds look nice and are detailed, along with the characters/blocks being detailed and very smoothly animated. The music is soft and subtle, but it adds a nice touch (it doesn't distract you at all). Overall, Toybox is a great game. It can take some getting used to in the beginning, but once you get the hang of it, it is a game that can keep you coming back time and time again. Toybox is available on the app store for $0.99.

1 comment:

  1. HEY THIS REVIEW WAS ON BY BDAY AND APPARENTLY IT IS REALLY GOOD!!! Told Martin it wasn't the end of the world...