It’s my birthday today – and one of the gifts I received was the excellent remake of Toki for Nintendo Switch.
It had been a long time since I played the original, so I wasn’t overly familiar with it and certainly didn’t have a great deal of nostalgia for it. It’s clear, however, that the developers – Microids – clearly have a lot of affection for the game. It’s been beautifully updated with gorgeous high definition visuals, gorgeous animation and a superb soundtrack.
However, the true icing on the cake comes in the form of the Retrocollector Edition’s extras, which are absolutely fantastic. There’s a sticker sheet, a high quality comic book in both English and French, two art prints and an absolutely wonderful arcade machine that you can slot the Switch into to play the game.
It’s lovingly, thoughtfully designed and illustrated, as well as an absolute doddle to put together (though saying that, as you’ll see in the pics I may have put one piece on backwards – though at least it’s the part that’s hidden by the Switch!).
Though it doesn’t hold your JoyCons like the PixelQuest cardboard arcade kit does, it feels a lot sturdier (being made of light wood rather than cardboard) and it is, of course, completely covered in Toki art. It’s held together by some surprisingly strong little rubber bands at each join too.
The game itself is very defiantly old school; it’s tough, unforgiving and sometimes frustrating – plus, once you’ve exhausted your continues, it’s back to the start of level one, meaning that you have to get to the end in a single sitting if you want to beat it!
Despite this, it’s a very addictive platformer that’s as compelling as it is challenging. It has some wonderfully designed creatures and imaginative, huge and deadly bosses too.
Though far from essential on its own, the collector’s edition pushes it into near-enough must have territory. The arcade machine kit is just wonderful – and given the cost of the package it’s almost as if the game itself is a bonus.
And of course, you don’t have to just play Toki on your mini Switch arcade – right?
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