Toyzilla: Written iPad App Review
Here at the iPhone App Review, we’re sometimes handed a game that at first makes us scratch our heads, but very quickly reveals to us that it’s quietly brilliant. Today’s offering, Toyzilla by developer OrionArts is exactly just such a title. The game is a unique combination of real-time combat, complex physics puzzling, and outright fun. Best of all, it’s wrapped in a cozily cartoon exterior. And for our full review, you need only to slide on down below the break!
Concept and Gameplay
The basic idea behind Toyzilla goes something like this: You collect various toy monsters, each with their own special abilities and techniques, for use in combat. You then pit these creatures against fortresses designed to hold and protect kings. These fortresses may or may not be covered by monsters of the enemy’s own. Either way, you’ll need to propel your critters around the level using a very Angry Birds esque physics engine. The end result? A fortress destroying physics arcade game that uniquely combines the best elements of a trading card game with that of a puzzler.
Along the way you’ll get to upgrade your units with your spoils, as well as spend hours leveraging their various abilities to better your next assault. You can even build your own fortresses, save them with elements called “titans” to protect them, and then hurl the whole thing out onto the Net. Your friends or random strangers are free to give you a good thrashing—a beating you can return! All in all, it’s a wildly simple yet wonderfully rich environment that creates a game we’d like to call “all around fun.” At the least, watching your cute little monster warriors grow up and evolve is easily worth the time and investment.
Design and Graphics
Even better, the developers came out swinging with the graphics. They’re decidedly cartoon, if that’s something that will put you off. We, however, found it all quite charming. We especially liked the depth of gameplay: There are dozens of combinations of units that you can entertain, and the world building mechanic is equally as depth-ridden. In fact, it’s rather clear that one could spend hours upon hours chewing away at the title before really getting the hang of it. Then again, it takes only seconds to learn. This makes it an easy title to get into, but one that’s quite hard to get out of.
And at the end of the day, any title that’s going to offer us this much fun and this much depth for free is absolutely an easy recommendation. It’s an endearing app with a lot of quality and even more substance. The online capabilities are great, but playing it solo is also a blast. If that doesn’t make you want to give it a free trial run now, then we don’t know what will.
Toyzilla requires iOS 5.0 or later and is compatible with iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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