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Toki (Classic Game)

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Toki is a platform game developed by Ocean for one player.

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      31.07.2010 01:41
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      an oft-forgotten early 90s arcade platform classic

      Toki is a fairly standard but rather polished side-scrolling platform shooter that was originally created as an arcade game and then ported onto the Amiga. The game has a sort of jungle/cyberpunk hybrid setting, casting you as an ape named Toki, who possesses the ability to spit projectiles at his foes, whichcome in the form of giant insects, enemy apes and a variety of giant, bipedal/hovering steam-powered robots.

      The original graphics were exellent, with a chunky and colourful feel to them and some swift animation (matched by satisfyingly responsive controls) and whilst the amiga graphics are less impressive, as the limitations of the machine neccessitates, they envertheless retain the feel and style of the original graphics successfully, as well as the appealing set-pieces that made the arcade machine so engaginc, such as the torrential downpour in the jungle of the first level, which adds lots of atmosphere.

      the gameplay is remarkably simple, requiring you to just jump over thorn-pits and from ledge to ledge whilst shooting horizontally at any approaching foes, and its nothing that hasnt been seen on a thousand otther side scrolling platformers, but its well done, and often moderately diffucult without becoming too frustrating, and the giant, Dr-Robotnic style end of level mechanical bosses are a good incentive to keep you playing.

      Nowadays you might well be better off just getting hold of an arcade emulator and playing the real original version instead, but nevertheless the amiga version of Toki is a nostaligic platformer that still holds up today, even if its not a game that can be played for all that long without becoming repetitive.

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