By Al Giovetti, 03/16/97
A wonderful magical film was released by Disney Studios, Toy Story. The film was done totally on computer with a revolutionary three dimensional animation graphics, which have been followed to television with The New Adventures of Johnny Quest and The Net. The game had the same remarkable Disney Characterizations, wit and personality of the previous great Disney animated films.
The game was first released for the Sega Genesis when the film was released. The current game is a straight port from the 16-bit platform to the PC, and like most of these ports no new items, animation, graphics, or gameplay was added. Even Disney recommends using the gamepad to simulate the console game experience. This is another marketing attempt to leverage properties instead of a true game conversion by programmers and game designers.
Rev up your twitch finger because the toys are back in town! And now they're starting in a fast, furious, and funny video game you can play on your computer. You'll go one-on-one with the evil Claw, Scud, and the workbench of horrors. But hang in there, because you and Woody need to rescue Buzz from the toy-torturing boy next door. It's forty hours of gaming so wild, it's out of this world!
You play Woody. You jump up, run, and climb on blocks, collect stars, and use the stars to help the other toys. Inspite of the three dimensional graphics, the game has two dimensional gameplay. You move from side to side avoiding bad guys and collecting powerups.
Most of the game play is trial and error. Try something, die, start over, and try again. There is little to hint at what is doable and what is not. This leads to frustration.
The plot does not have very much to do with the movie's rivalry of two toys for a boy's love. The game starts out with this plot, but eventually the game designers feel it is necessary to deviate. The game becomes a simple side scroller and the plot is lost in the action.
Wonderful three dimensional character animation with basically two dimensional flat backgrounds.
AnimationThe three dimensional character animation is very similar to that used in the film.
Music ScoreThe music is similar to that used in the film.
Multi-player FeaturesThere are no multiplayer features.
Cheats, Hints, Walkthrough
JournalistsAdam says that children will find the game overly difficult and frustrating, compounded by sluggish and poor designed controls: "Just a lackluster side-scroller game, which doesn't come close to recapturing the magic of the film."
ReferencesDisney Interactive Toy Story Web Site
Adam Douglas, PC Gamer, volume 4, number 4, April, 1997, pg. 149, 27%.
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