Toki Tori Inverness

Originally released on Nintendo's Game Boy Colour in 2001, Toki Tori was largely overlooked until...

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Originally released on Nintendo's Game Boy Colour in 2001, Toki Tori was largely overlooked until it was revamped with updated graphics and a new control system on the Wii last year. Now its 80 puzzle-packed levels have hit the iPhone at a bargain price.

Each level is essentially a maze around which eggs are scattered, and it's your job to help the little yellow bird gather them. Tap somewhere and he blindly follows, so you have to observe the lethal creatures and obstacles that lie ahead, and figure out how to pass them. This is achieved by using the limited quantity of tools at your disposal, including bridges, freezing enemies in ice cubes, and the newly hatched chick's somewhat unnerving ability to teleport across short distances and through solid walls. An impressive trick considering he can't even fly.

As the levels grow in size, things begin to get trickier. Sometimes two tools can solve the same problem. Should you build a bridge across a chasm or teleport across the gap? Pinch the screen and you're given a zoomed out view of the level, which you can study for clues about which tools you'll need further down the line. Choose the wrong one, though, and you'll be stumped because necessary supplies are already diminished, forcing you to reattempt the level with a different strategy. If you're the sort of player who loathes replaying levels, then, Toki Tori simply isn't the game for you.

However, if brain-teasing puzzles turn you on, it offers plenty of enjoyment across its many levels to keep you occupied in bite-sized chunks. It's inevitable that some levels will stump you, at least on the first few attempts, so you're given a single wildcard to skip them. This welcome gift stops you hitting a brick wall - sometimes literally - and abandoning the game in frustration, and you can revisit and clear the level later on to reclaim it.

The game's plot is flimsy and the lead character lacks the charm to elevate this to the ranks of more iconic puzzle games, such as Lemmings. Still, Toki Tori serves up a sedate and enjoyable collection of puzzles that'll keep you occupied for quite some time.


An ample number of levels will keep puzzle fans occupied for quite some time, although it doesn't rank among the greats of the genre.

Author: Alan Stonebridge

Toki Tori