We have all had dreams or imagined as a child our toys coming to life. What type of personality would they have or who they could be? Toy Odyssey: The Lost and Found takes that idea and creates a stellar action based 2D platformer with rich story and RPG mechanics. With so much going on, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, but makes you eager to continue.
In Toy Odyssey you play as Brand. Brand is initially confused on why he exists but learns of the nightmares his owner Felix has been having, and wants to do everything he can to stop them. If Brand is our protagonist, then his antagonist is The Darkness – an evil entity that has taken other toys and objects of the house and has built an army built on hate. Brand must unravel the puzzle that is Felix’s dreams by searching the house and rescuing other toys in the process.
At its core, Toy Odyssey is a platformer with a ton of action. Each night you search the house in hopes of completing objectives either for yourself or other NPCs. A really neat feature is that each night the house is different. Rooms are laid out differently reflecting the preceding days goings on, forcing players to explore each area anew. Should Brand die, he will end up back at the starting bedroom, and you’ll hope the darkness hasn’t pillaged all his equipment. From there, the house will be different again, and you are left to explore to complete your objective. There’s no had holding either, for the exploration – we rather like having to use our wits and experience to explore and complete objectives; if you’d rather follow big flashing arrows, this isn’t the game for you.
The game intelligently uses as chess pawns NPCs who, when rescued, assist in running your defenses. These are in no way high end RPG mechanics but they are simple enough for most to grasp instantly, and add depth that most platformers don’t usually achieve.
Visually the game is amazing. Lighting is a huge feature of Toy Odyssey, and constantly being in the dark makes the story told through the game all the more atmospheric. Developer Hiker Games have created a lavish, explorable world, populated by over 300 different enemies. It’s amazing to see so much variation what would appear to be a simple indie platformer. Never did we feel like we were running into the same enemies over and over, and it’s obvious why.
Nothing sets the mood better, though, than the music. Toy Odyssey has a soundtrack that gives a creepy, almost Tim Burton feel that works perfectly with the game’s style and design. Characters are voiced well, with extensive dialogue. Toy Odyssey has all the makings of a future classic – we fervently hope it gets the audience it deserves.
Toy Odyssey: The Lost and Found tries to do so much and does a great job at doing so. With its mechanics and design, it is truly a masterpiece for all to enjoy. There are some times where failing to find the objective can cause some repetitive gameplay but finding new items and rewards in the process more than makes up for it. Toy Odyssey: The Lost and Found is a developer’s attempt to put their hands into as any pots as possible. Most would fail to be successful at this but Hiker Games can stand proud of what they have accomplished.
Toy Odyssey: The Lost and Found is available from the Store, priced £11.99.
(Editor’s note: As this reviewer is American and US-based, we’ve left his charming spelling choices intact, in the interests of authenticity.)
Toy Odyssey makes playing with toys just as much as fun as when you were young, but with an adult twist.
Toy Odyssey: The Lost and Found tries to do so much – and does a great job of it. Despite some mildly repetitive elements, finding new items and rewards encourages you to progress. Toy Odyssey: The Lost and Found is the developer’s attempt to put their hands into as many pots as possible. Often a recipe for disaster, Hiker Games should stand proud of what they have accomplished.