App Review: Toki Tori by Chillingo

tokitorireview34 150x100 App Review: Toki Tori by ChillingoA few weeks ago Chillingo provided us with a preview version of Toki Tori and in our first look we loved this game and knew it would be a hit.  Now that the game has been officially released to the App Store we thought it was high-time we do a full review on the game.

For those of you not familiar with this game, let me give you a little background.  Toki Tori is a puzzle game developed by Two Tribes that was originally released for Nintendo’s Wii (WiiWare).  It has now been ported over to the iPhone and iPod Touch.  The game features intuitive new controls that take advantage of the touch screen interface of the iPhone while providing an excellent game experience.

As Toki Tori, the young chick in the game, your job is to rescue your unhatched siblings in a maze of various obstacles and pitfalls.  As you complete more levels, you are awarded more ‘tools’ that you can use to get to each of your siblings’ eggs.  Tools include: Telewarp, Freeze-o-Matic, and Instant Rock™ to name a few.  Depending on the level, you may have a limited number of a specific tool.  So, be careful to use them wisely and plan out your moves ahead of time.  Chances are, you will need to use all the tools you’ve been given in order to get to each of your unhatched siblings.  If you’ve found that you get stuck on a level, most likely by prematurely using the tools you’ve been given, no worries.  You can restart the level to try it again.

Toki Tori has four worlds and 80 levels to keep you entertained for hours.  The first world, Forest Falls, takes place in a forest complete with water falls, tree trunks and underground tunnels.  Once you complete 10 levels of Forest Falls, the next world, Creepy Castle, will be unlocked.  Like it’s name suggests, Creepy Castle takes place in haunted castles complete with ghosts. Once you complete 10 levels to Creepy Castle, Slimy Sewer is available for play.  The last world is Bubble Barrage.

As mentioned, the controls for Toki Tori are very intuitive and easy (even my 5yo can play this game, which he does!).  However, don’t let the easy controls fool you.  This game makes you think and think hard as you figure out how to get to each of your unhatched siblings.  During game play, the screen is zoomed in quite close to Toki,  However, if you ever need to pause and take a wider look at the full maze, just do a little pinch-screen action and the game will be paused and will zoom out so that you can see the whole maze at once.  I found this function far more useful than relying on the introduction you are given to each level where the game shows you each of the eggs in the maze before you start the level.

Toki Tori is a very well polished game.  Chillingo continues to live up to their reputation as an excellent game producer.  Graphics are great and the game is loaded with “cute” animations to keep you involved.  After a few hours of playing Toki, I can tell you that this game is addictive, fun and definitely worthy of your $4.99, especially if you enjoy puzzle games. homebutton icon App Review: Toki Tori by Chillingo

Toki Tori is $4.99 in the iTunes App Store.

Developer’s Website: http://www.chillingo.com/

Toki Tori goes live in the App Store

May 21, 2009 by Rob  
Filed under App News, News, Tips and How-To's

We recently did a preview on Toki Tori a few weeks back.  The game features Toki Tori, a baby chick that tries to save his unhatched siblings in a maze of obstacles and certain danger.  Tonight, Toki Tori is live in the iTunes App Store for $4.99.  We’ll be getting a full review out shortly, as soon as we’ve had a chance to spend some time with it.  In the meantime, if you just can’t wait any longer, you can get your copy today in the App Store.

Toki Tori is available tonight for $4.99 in the iTunes App Store.

The official news release is below:

Chillingo and Two Tribes Launch Toki Tori on Apple App Store

United Kingdom and Netherlands – May 22, 2009 – iPhone publisher,
Chillingo and Dutch console game development studio Two Tribes today
announced the availability of the Toki Tori puzzle game on the Apple
App Store. The Toki Tori app follows a young chick, Toki Tori, and his
quest to rescue his younger siblings who are still in their eggs. To
progress through the game, a player must pick up each egg on a level
using a set number of tools, with new tools being introduced as the
player progresses through four unique worlds. The in-game controls for
Toki Tori have been developed from the ground up to take specific
advantage of the innovative Multi-Touch user interface of iPhone and
iPod touch.

“Toki Tori showcases the iPhone and iPod touch as a compelling
alternative to console gaming – the polish of this title is amazing on
these revolutionary devices.” says Chris Byatte, co-Founder and
director of Chillingo.

“We are delighted to be working with Chillingo to bring Toki Tori to
the App Store. The quality of the app combined with the marketing
experience that Chillingo brings to the table, will result in maximum
exposure for Toki Tori.” said Martijn Reuvers, managing director of
Two Tribes.

Toki Tori is available for US$4.99  from Apple’s App Store on iPhone
and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/

About Chillingo
Chillingo Ltd is a publisher for innovative games and software for
iPhone and iPod touch. Chillingo are the publishers of popular iPhone
and iPod touch titles including the award winning Zen Bound™ that won
multiple awards at the recent Independent Games Festival (IGF) Mobile
2009 and the International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA). Their recent
title “iDracula – Undead Awakening” zoomed up the App Store charts
days after its release. For more information about Chillingo please
visit http://www.chillingo.com.

About Two Tribes
Two Tribes is a privately owned company focusing on the development of
games for portable devices and downloadable game services. Two Tribes
is an official Wii, DS, iPhone, Xbox360 and Playstation3 developer and
has been operating from their offices in the center of the Netherlands
since 2000. Over the years, Two Tribes has created games for a wide
range of game devices. They developed games for Nintendo Wii, Nintendo
DS, iPhone, Game Boy Advance and countless mobile phones. With the
advent of downloadable game services, such as WiiWare and XBox Live
Arcade, Two Tribes has entered home-console development as well. For
more information about Two Tribes, please visit http://
www.twotribes.com.

First Look: Toki Tori by Two Tribes

Two Tribes – the developer of Toki Tori for other platforms such as Nintendo’s Wii (WiiWare) have teamed up with game publisher Chillingo to bring this excellent puzzle game to the iPhone.  Two Tribes’ announcement from February 9th originally stated that the game would be released in the first quarter of 2009, however we are told now by publisher Chillingo that the release will come in the next few weeks.

Toki Tori is a puzzle game where you are a baby chick set out to save your siblings (not yet hatched from their eggs) from certain doom.  You are given certain tools and items (eg: Telewarp, Freeze-o-Matic and InstantRock™) and a limited number of each tool that you can use in order to navigate the level and save all of the eggs.  Use the items wisely to ensure you can save all of your unhatched siblings!

In the porting efforts of the game to the iPhone, Two Tribes said in their statement that a full revamping of the controls was necessary in order to take advantage of all the iPhone’s capabilities: “The controls have been redesigned to make full use of the multi-touch screen and tilt sensor.”  Martijn Reuvers, Managing Director at Two Tribes had this to say about the game: “A lot of games get dumbed down before being released on the iPhone, but we believe in full quality games and offer exactly this with Toki Tori.”

Given Chillingo’s already excellent release history of games for the iPhone and the commitment of Two Tribes to deliver an excellent port of Toki Tori we’re sure that this game will be a smash hit.  A full review will be posted on our site once the final version is released so check back soon.  In the meantime, there are a couple of videos for you to feast your eyes on…

Toki Tori is not yet available in the iTunes App Store.

Developer: Two Tribes

Publisher: Chillingo

Game footage from WiiWare:

Game Footage from iPhone Preview Version (TouchArcade.com):

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