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Toy Odyssey: The Lost and Found Review

July 14th, 2017 by

Toy 001Ok, I’ll cut right to the chase… I thought I’d been given some dross when I first started looking into this game. I saw words that have made me feel decidedly switched off for ages; ’2-D Platformer’ ‘Metroidvania’ ugh. Don’t we have enough games in that realm? In all honesty yes we do, but this one is fucking brilliant (and I make no apology for my language)

This is a GEM of a game. From its moody, heavily stylised and slightly eerie opening, to the moment you start playing you’re drawn in, seeing a family move to a big, frankly scary house not dissimilar to the hotel in the Shining, the foreboding of what’s in the shadows and the toys trying to protect the children of the family from toys that have fallen from grace and the things that go bump in the night. Think Toy Story, if Woody had a sword and wasn’t afraid of a scrap! Brand, our hero, however is much MUCH hardier than the Pixar cowboy, and it’d take more than a rip to stop him!

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Brand has to navigate the house at night, and the atmospheric gloom really adds to the game, compounded by the fact that the house changes every night. no matter your objective, when you leave your owner, Felix’s bedroom, you are thrown into different surroundings and layouts, so no chance to be lazy when looking for something.

Underneath the jumpy jumpy hack and slash is a great little RPG / Base building mechanic. As you progress you garner materials, these materials help you to fortify Felix’s room from the Darkness, the entity that has corrupted the other toys in the house and turned them into instruments of malevolence. Every night you’re striving for more clues, to rescue stranded good toys and find out what the hell is going on via diary pages strewn throughout the house. The back story is a little creepy. If you die, you start back in Felix’s room and it’s a new night, and you have to hope The Darkness hasn’t pilfered your resources while you were out of it!

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Hiker games have put together something really special here. Going back to a very tired genre and making something new, exciting and engaging, with atmosphere, intrigue and a lot of fun.

For the price it’s going at on the relative Xbox and PlayStation Network stores, this is, for me, a must purchase. It’s one of those games I’d never have discovered had I not been given it to review, but now I can’t shut up about it!

Midlife Gamer Rating: 8.5/10     Format:  PlayStation 4 / Xbox One / PC       Release Date: 14th February 2017

Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided with a review copy of  Toy Odyssey : The Lost And Found for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of  six days. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.

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