Toki Tori 2 Review – A Beautiful and Very Challenging Puzzle Game
- Luis Alamilla
- On April 3, 2013
Toki Tori 2 is the newest video game to come out of video game developer Two Tribes. Two Tribes has been responsible for other software titles like Edge and Swords & Soldiers. Toki Tori 2 is the sequel to the original Toki Tori that was released on Gameboy Color many years ago and then rereleased and remastered for PC, Wii and mobile phone. The game follows the journey of the lovable and adorable Toki Tori who’s on a mission to free his world of the oil geysers appearing across his world.
“You have two main actions aside from walking, you can stomp and you can chirp.”
Toki Tori 2 is a challenging and beautifully designed puzzle game. In terms of content, Toki Tori 2 definitely takes the cake on this one. There’s just so many areas to explore. In terms of controls, Toki Tori 2 keeps it simple. You have two main actions aside from walking, you can stomp and you can chirp. Stomping can help you break through floors, get crabs to move away from you and get bugs to fall from walls. The chirping mechanic is also really clever. You can use the chirping to grab the attention of creatures or you can use to create songs that each have their own special abilities. For example: there’s a song that sends you back to your last check point as well as a song that will point you towards the nearest gold collectible piece.
The puzzles in Toki Tori 2 start off simple but then get more and more challenging the more you play. In some instances I found the puzzles so challenging that I had to give my mind a break and come back to a puzzle later. They’re that challenging and it’s surprising for a game that looks so simple to play. There’s no text or narration in the game to tell you what to do. Literally the only text in the game is the Toki Tori 2 logo and the game’s credits. Instead it’s up to the player to use his or her observations to learn what to do. You learn how to play by example. Occasionally there will be a white bird through out some levels that will guide you through certain paths and also teach you new songs that unlock new abilities. It’s a nice concept that keeps gameplay simple while still providing challenging puzzles to solve, however I couldn’t help but feel there should of been some guidance in this game, at least some minimal narration or nudge in the right direction. I found my self constantly getting lost while trying to solve a puzzle and usually I’d hit a dead end in the game and have follow my foot steps back.
“The game’s graphics are vibrant and have a vast array of colors. There’s a nice depth of field effect.”
Toki Tori 2 is designed beautifully. The game’s graphics are vibrant and have a vast array of colors. There’s a nice depth of field effect. While everything in foreground is in focus, everything else in the background is blurred out like a photo taken with a DSLR. It’s a nice design choice that looks fantastic. It’s one of the most beautiful looking indie games currently available on the Wii U eShop along with other titles like Trine 2 and Little Inferno.
Toki Tori 2 will be available for PC and Wii U but the Wii U version takes advantage of the Wii U Gamepad. Toki Tori 2 takes advantage of the off TV play feature that the Wii U offers developers. This allows the player to play Toki Tori 2 entirely on the Wii U Gamepad. There’s also a new Tokidex in Toki Tori 2 that allows you to use your Wii U Gamepad to take pictures of in-game objects and add them to your Tokidex. Collecting all of the items in the Tokidex rewards the player with a special prize that I’ll let you find out what it is on your own. When you’re playing Toki Tori 2 on the TV screen, on your Gamepad you’ll see a list of songs you’ve already learned throughout the game for your access. When pausing the game you’ll have access to the game’s options menu, the game’s credits and an off TV play button (which can also be activated by pressing the minus button).
Toki Tori 2 also features fantastic world map that’s very admirable. Toki Tori hovers over the land as he’s being carried by a large bird. The over world shows you how every part of the world of Toki Tori is connected. It also shows all the paths that are possible to travel by. Additionally you can perform your songs while hovering over the map so you can use the gold collectible detector song to see which area has the most collectables you still need to find. It’s a fantastic way to travel along the world.
Toki Tori 2′s soundtrack is lovely. Each song does a great job capturing the tone of each level. In particular there’s a song that plays during a level by the mountain side where it rains. The song perfectly captures the feeling of that level. The slow piano melody fits just right with the rain falling upon the landscape and a rainbow appearing in the background. I couldn’t help but smile while playing.
While Toki Tori 2 is a great game, it’s not without its flaws. Currently the game is lacking Miiverse support, one of the major features for Wii U games. Two Tribes has stated that the company is planning on releasing an update post game launch that will add support for Miiverse. Additionally, in its Steam alpha testing, Two Tribes released a level editor that the company plans to bring to the Wii U version of the game in an update as well. This would allow gamers to create their own puzzles to play in the game. Two Tribes hopes that they can tie this into Miiverse so that players can create and share their levels with friends via the Miiverse Toki Tori community. It’s a fantastic idea but sadly won’t be available at launch.
Toki Tori 2 is one of the greatest puzzle games on the Wii U eShop. It features some of the greatest graphics for an indie game on the platform. The puzzles gradually keep getting more challenging as you play the game and yet at first glance Toki Tori 2 looks like a simple platformer. You’ll definitely have some frustrating moments solving some puzzles, but the moment you solve that one puzzle you’ve been stuck on, you’ll be showered in a feeling of utter joy.