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 | AwfulRecommended Buy Price: $10.00Current MSRP: $15.00Toy 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.