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Review: Toy Soldiers: Cold War (Xbox Live Arcade)

Posted by Wombat, 17 August 2011 · 636 views

Do you still have a pair of acid wash jeans in your closet or some Ray-Ban Aviators tucked in your shirt collar? Do you sing “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” to girls in bars? Have you ever written a letter to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame demanding they induct Kenny Loggins? If you have answered, “yes” to any of these questions, you may need to see a professional. Or, you can give Toy Soldiers: Cold War a try. Will it take your breath away or will it be a highway to the disappointment zone? That joke was grody to the max.

Toy Soldiers: Cold War is the follow up to last year’s action/tower defense game, Toy Soldiers. The player commands 6 different types of turrets, each of which is effective against a specific enemy type and can be upgraded twice. Turrets can be manually aimed and fired, allowing the player to get behind a machine gun and mow down some infantry or fire up the anti-air gun and take out helicopters. The game also features user controlled tanks, helicopters and F-14s, with access to these vehicles dependant on the particular stage being played. In tower defense style, waves of enemies descend upon the player, and when they are destroyed, provide money for upgrading defenses.

The U.S.A vs. U.S.S.R. conflict, combined with cheesy 1980’s goodness, is a fun combination, providing an enjoyable and campy “Red Dawn” feel. The music is also delightfully 80’s, going paying homage to Top Gun and beyond. There is also a fun nod to Rambo in one of the new “Attack Barrages”, which are a new addition to Toy Soldiers. These one-time use super attacks are unlocked by shooting a soldier or tank with a red star over its head. I enjoyed this feature, but I would have liked to have seen it more during the campaign.

In addition to the campaign, there are 3 other gameplay modes. In Survival, 3 maps are available, pitting the player against an endless wave of enemies. There is also a collection of 6 mini-games, which are are fun diversion from the campaign, but don’t offer any long-term value. Sadly, I was not able to hookup with anyone for multiplayer, but the entire campaign and survival modes are available for online and local play.

Toy Soldiers: Cold War is a welcomed addition to the tower defense genre and is an improvement over its predecessor in every way. Despite this, the campaign can feel a bit uneven at times, especially the boss battles which can feel oddly placed. Also, some weapons, while visually interesting are not particularly effective against most enemies. Did this stop me from enjoying the game? It’s hard to not have fun flying an F-14 with loud 80’s guitar rock playing in the background. The inclusion of four levels of difficulty rounds out an already robust package, so while Toy Soldiers: Cold War may not be the best tower defense game ever made, it certainly is totally radical.


https://lh6.googleus...GZSHKm4afJb5GH0Very Good
Outstanding | Very Good | Fair | Poor | Awful

Recommended Buy Price: $10.00
Current MSRP: $15.00

Toy Soldiers was provided for review by Signal Studios. I completed the campaign in 7 hours, accumulating 8 of 20 Achievements for 65 GamerScore. Toy Soldiers is currently exclusive to Xbox Live Arcade.




Do you still have a pair of acid wash jeans in your closet or some Ray-Ban Aviators tucked in your shirt collar? Do you sing “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” to girls in bars? Have you ever written a letter to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame demanding they induct Kenny Loggins? If you have answered, “yes” to any of these questions, you may need to see a professional. Or, you can give Toy Soldiers: Cold War a try. Will it take your breath away or will it be a highway to the disappointment zone? That joke was grody to the max.

Toy Soldiers: Cold War is the follow up to last year’s action/tower defense game, Toy Soldiers. The player commands 6 different types of turrets, each of which is effective against a specific enemy type and can be upgraded twice. Turrets can be manually aimed and fired, allowing the player to get behind a machine gun and mow down some infantry or fire up the anti-air gun and take out helicopters. The game also features user controlled tanks, helicopters and F-14s, with access to these vehicles dependant on the particular stage being played. In tower defense style, waves of enemies descend upon the player, and when they are destroyed, provide money for upgrading defenses.

The U.S.A vs. U.S.S.R. conflict, combined with cheesy 1980’s goodness, is a fun combination, providing an enjoyable and campy “Red Dawn” feel. The music is also delightfully 80’s, going paying homage to Top Gun and beyond. There is also a fun nod to Rambo in one of the new “Attack Barrages”, which are a new addition to Toy Soldiers. These one-time use super attacks are unlocked by shooting a soldier or tank with a red star over its head. I enjoyed this feature, but I would have liked to have seen it more during the campaign.

In addition to the campaign, there are 3 other gameplay modes. In Survival, 3 maps are available, pitting the player against an endless wave of enemies. There is also a collection of 6 mini-games, which are are fun diversion from the campaign, but don’t offer any long-term value. Sadly, I was not able to hookup with anyone for multiplayer, but the entire campaign and survival modes are available for online and local play.

Toy Soldiers: Cold War is a welcomed addition to the tower defense genre and is an improvement over its predecessor in every way. Despite this, the campaign can feel a bit uneven at times, especially the boss battles which can feel oddly placed. Also, some weapons, while visually interesting are not particularly effective against most enemies. Did this stop me from enjoying the game? It’s hard to not have fun flying an F-14 with loud 80’s guitar rock playing in the background. The inclusion of four levels of difficulty rounds out an already robust package, so while Toy Soldiers: Cold War may not be the best tower defense game ever made, it certainly is totally radical.


https://lh6.googleus...GZSHKm4afJb5GH0Very Good
Outstanding | Very Good | Fair | Poor | Awful

Recommended Buy Price: $10.00
Current MSRP: $15.00

Toy Soldiers was provided for review by Signal Studios. I completed the campaign in 7 hours, accumulating 8 of 20 Achievements for 65 GamerScore. Toy Soldiers is currently exclusive to Xbox Live Arcade.
Thanks for the review! Looks like I'll be picking this one up.
Gag Me with a spoon !
Sounds good... might as well finish out the Summer of Arcade and get my free game next month.
Totally grossening.
Sweet, really enjoyed the first one. So I'm glad to hear this has improved upon it.
Good review but I find it funny that the reviewer named after an 80's Toy Soldier didn't do this one.
Great review Wombat, I picked up the first Toy Soldiers and will pick up this one too.
I had moderate expectations for this and the demo blew me away. It's so much fun. I loved when the choppers flew in and troops repelled out.
Nice review Wombat. Might pick this one up.
Nice review , and the demo made it a buyer.
I would say good review, but I feel this game is totally worth the $15 price tag. Thus I'll just give you an "OK" review. Cold War improves on EVERY aspect of the last Toy Soldiers game and adds more.

I would say to everyone what I say after I read any review from any site. Get the demo, try it out for yourself, and YOU be the judge.
The first game is still one of my favorite XBLA games. I'll have to pick this one up as well.
Normally you're pretty spot on sir, but this time I'm going to have to disagree and say this should be an Outstanding and a Must Buy. It's a superior sequel in almost every way. Signal just does SUCH a great job and their attention to detail is phenomenal.
Tower Defense with Turret Sequences!!! Throw in stealth action and you'd get the worst three video game components in a single video game.
Was interested in the first one, then this one came out. Bought it, loving it so far. Thanks for the review wombat!
good game just bought it yesterday and ive been very pleased
This game is the best of the summer of arcade this year in my opinion. The only game of the lot worth $15 to me. How does Fruit Ninja Kinnect get an Outstanding and Toy Soldiers gets a Very Good? Makes me question review integrity on CAG.
@entexman, the games were reviewed by two different people
@entexman I'm completely baffled at how the difference in scores brings our review integrity into question. Maybe integrity isn't the word you are looking for? I stand behind my score for Fruit Ninja Kinect and I think Wombat's score for Toy Soldiers: Cold War reflects his honest opinion too.