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The Toy Bot Diaries (1, 2, 3) are puzzle games by IUGO Entertainment. $0.99 each
This review will incorporate a review for the whole of the Toy Bot Diaries, as they basically just follow each other and are the same game. The Toy Bot Diaries was one of the first games on the App Store to really show what the iDevices were capable of as a gaming device. It has innovative controls that maximize the use of the touch screen controls. This puzzle game has a storyline throughout the whole series that is found by restoring your memory, by finding cell phones around each game. The first in the series starts off really easy and generally has more brain consuming mazes to get through by swinging and jumping over all sorts of obstacles. I found Toy Bot 2 started easy also but it seemed harder than the start of the first one. And again the start was even harder for TBD3. At full price the trilogy would cost about $15, but it is a great price of $3 for the whole lot. Since they are all out, as stated with IUGO, I would like to see a game just called Toy Bot Diaries. It would ha all 3 games for some discounted price of $10 or so… so newcomers can have one game on their dock instead of three.
The graphics are awesome for this game and have nothing wrong with them. For a 2D platformer it is very impressive. The cute cartoony graphics are really enjoyable to look at and give the Toy Bot Diaries a completed feel. For a game that was released at the start of the App Store’s history, well TBD1 was anyway, it is even more impressive as it came out of an era of some quite dodgy graphics. Not many graphically good premium games came out at the time. I can only think of Cro-Mag Rally, Texas Hold-Em and SuperMonkey Ball off the top of my head. The controls are a major part of its success. It was featured on many of the earlier Apple Ads showing its great gameplay and controls. The controls use almost all of the iDevices tools such as tilting, tapping and touch & hold. These are implemented very well and in my opinion still reigns supreme in this department.
The in-game music changes for each of the games based on the theme of the game in particular for the 3rd. The first two games games have the basic easy listening tune that is never a problem. There are a lot of sound effects implemented for all different things in the game from crossing a checkpoint to connecting yourself to one of the magnetic poles. The 3rd game also has these effects but the in-game music has more of a space theme to it, as that is where the game is set for the final chapter.
The game is very easy to get the hang of with the in-game tutorial as the first level on each game. The games objective is to get through all the levels collecting data packs to help you restore your memory and complete your top secret mission. The way this is done with the platform like puzzles will give you a heap of fun. Magnetic walls, rotating gears, electric floors, bombs and enemies will help or try and sabotage your way through the levels. This game can be played through at a peaceful pace with no clock or points to earn. Each of the games brings new obstacles and items to use in your adventure, making you actually want to buy the next in the series for some variety. At the end of each of the games there is a boss level that I found to be easy to complete, once you know what to do. Saying that they are easy doesn’t mean it is a quick thing to complete, as they are very grinding and one slip up can pull up some of your hard earned work.
Overall each of the games don't take very long to complete, only about an hour or so I found but I there is a high replay value to try and collect all the data packs. I am not much of a fan of platform games but this is one of those exceptions. This innovative series should already be on your iDevice, and if it isn't you should go and buy at least TBD1 straight away. This game proves how strong touch controls can be when used to perfection. For those who still aren't sure if they want this game then there is a lite version to try before you buy.
I would recommend this game if you enjoyed- Toy Bot Diaries Lite
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