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Toy Soldiers
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Developer(s) Signal Studios
Publisher(s) Microsoft Game Studios
Platform(s) Xbox 360 (XBLA)
Release date(s) March 3, 2010
Genre(s) Action/Strategy
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB: Teen (13+)
PEGI: 16+
Media Digital distribution
Input methods Gamepad

Toy Soldiers is an action-strategy video game by Signal Studios released on Xbox Live Arcade on March 3, 2010.

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Gameplay

Players control one of two armies of miniature toy soldiers on a World War I model diorama with wooden and plastic landscapes.[1] The diorama is set in a child's bedroom, and objects such as dressers and reading lamps are at times visible in the background.[2] The game features 50 different controllable units including antique toy soldiers, zeppelins, planes, guns, mortars and tanks. The player can control numerous soldiers from a strategic command perspective or one unit on the field from a third-person action perspective.[1][2] Among the types of soldiers the player can control are infantry soldiers, mortars or snipers, in which the perspective switches to a first-person target. When the player takes control of a single unit, the other resources are automatically controlled by artificial intelligence. When shot, the toy soldiers explode into plastic chunks but do not display blood, in order to keep the game family-friendly.[2]

A tower defense-style single-player campaign is available, which involves defending a base from British or German soldiers.[1][2] The player receives money for destroying enemies, which can be used to equip greater defenses. The single-player game features British and German campaigns among 24 unique levels. Once a campaign is finished, the player unlocks a survival mode that involves fighting continuous streams of enemies and last as long as possible. There are four difficulty modes.[2] Multiplayer versions are also available, which can be played with other players on Xbox LIVE or locally with two players on a split-screen.[1] In multiplayer games, the player must focus on waging offensives as well as defending the base. Scores are tracked and compared in Xbox LIVE leaderboards.[2]

Development

Microsoft anticipates Toy Soldiers will be one of the biggest Xbox LIVE Arcade releases of the year.[1] Microsoft officials compared the game to the Battlefield game franchise and real-time strategy games, but designed to be more easily accessible.[2] A playable version of Toy Soldiers was spotlighted at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.[1][2]

The music acquired for the game includes Goodbye, Dolly Gray and She May Have Seen Better Days; these songs play during the starting credits and main menu.[citation needed]

Release

Toy Soldiers was released on March 3, 2010. On February 12, Microsoft released a companion Facebook game called Toy Soldiers: Match Defense, in which users and their friends match items to collectively win countries and conquer Europe.[3] Early reports of Toy Soldiers have been generally positive. Game Informer writer Mark Miller said, "My early glimpse of the game has me pretty stoked."[1] Matt Casamassina of IGN wrote, "Frankly, the title is a lot of fun, inventive and polished. ... The style is great and the blend of fantasy with authenticity drives home the theme that despite all the carnage, these battles aren't real."[2]

Reception

GameZone writer Dakota Grabowski gave the game an 8/10, saying "Toy Soldiers is a brilliant way to kick start Microsoft's concentration on Xbox Live Arcade titles for the month of March. Signal Studios deserve a pat on the back for creating a unique tower defense title that sets itself apart from the rest of the pack."[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Miller, Matt (February 2010). "Xbox Live Arcade gets three new exclusives, and MotionPlus comes to WiiWare". Game Informer (203): 30. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Cassamassina, Matt (January 7, 2010). "CES 2010: Toy Soldiers Hands-On". IGN. http://xboxlive.ign.com/articles/105/1059101p1.html. Retrieved February 23, 2010. 
  3. ^ Rudden, Dave (February 11, 2010). "Perfect Dark & Game Room coming next month as part of Xbox LIVE Block Party". GamePro. http://www.gamepro.com/article/news/213967/perfect-dark-game-room-coming-next-month-as-part-of-xbox-live-block-party/. Retrieved February 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ Grabowski, Dakota (March 1, 2010). "Toy Soldiers Review". GameZone. http://xbox360.gamezone.com/gzreviews/r39854.htm. Retrieved March 2, 2010. 

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