Sometimes a game doesn’t need a story to be fun to play through, and Toto Temple Deluxe is definitely proof that sometimes a game doesn’t need to even make sense. A game that is focused on multiplayer, but also manages to not alienate those who would be playing it alone. With tournament modes, target challenges and endless amounts of cameos to be unlocked, you’ll surely find something here to keep you entertained.
From the offset of the game, you are introduced to bright, fun excitement, and even an interactive menu that sees you jump about to pick the options. While the game is presumably aimed of a larger group of friends who would be playing locally, when you pick your character at the start (out of a possible 4), you can also choose to include the other 3 characters as bots.
Toto Temple Deluxe: Xbox One [Reviewed], Playstation 4, Wii U, PC, Ouya
Developer: Juicy Beast
Publisher: Juicy Beast
Release Date: 30 September 2015
Price: £7.99 [Disclosure: Game copy supplied by Developer/Publisher]
This means when you enter the tournament mode, you can still play with 4 players and have all the fun and mayhem which that entails. The inclusion of these also means you can play the team modes even if you are playing the game alone, and allows the game to be open to a wider community. A nice addition as well is that you can set the difficulty levels of the bots too, to make them lazy so you can simply beat them to a pulp, or have them on expert and give yourself a real challenge.
The aim of the main tournament mode is to pick up a goat in the middle of the screen, and then keep it on your head as long as possible, until you get enough points to win. While this sounds simple enough, throw in 10 different temples as levels and a number of powerups you’ll be able to collect in order to knock the goat off your opponent. You’ll have bombs to explode, flying faces to attack and magnets to attract coins for extra points and a few more that will aid you in your quest for points.
There’s also a bomb mode in the tournament too, where instead of a goat you get a bomb, then try to blow up your fellow players instead. Whilst these modes are fun and definitely better the more people you have, it can become a little tedious and repetitive after a while, so it is doubtful you would be playing this mode for more than an hour or two.
Luckily, if you are feeling like a bit of a change, there is the target challenge mode for something a bit different. In this mode, you (and a friend if you want) can visit each of the 10 temples and try to hit as many targets as possible in the time you are given. The quicker you break the targets, the higher your multiplayer will go up, and the higher your score will get. Each of the temples has a token for you to collect, split into 3 sections, and you must hit a certain score in order to get each one.
If you surpass the score for the third part of the token, you are then aiming for an even higher score which will see you “reach the stars”. This can be done on each of the levels, but the score you must get varies and sometimes it can feel unreachable, especially on the harder levels with more obstacles. It seems to be a case of practice makes perfect, but with a few hours practice, I still only managed to get full tokens of a few levels, and only reached the stars on one!
The game looks as fun as it plays, with bright colours and bouncy music all the way through. The levels are nicely designed and enjoyable to jump and dash around, with the various traps and special objects making each level unique to the next. From the warping gates to super springy launch pads, every level is different and fun to play through, at least at first. The little things help to make this game great, especially the Mario music for when you get the growing powerup, or the exploding bomb. You just possibly feel like the game is done with a little bit too quickly, and could have maybe benefited from extra levels, modes or more to do with the single player mode.
If you are looking for a fun game to play with friends, then look no further than Toto Temple Deluxe. The gameplay is simple to grasp, and plenty of fun can be had in the tournament modes with a good group. If you will just be playing the game on your own, while the game offers you bots to substitute any missing friends, it loses its charm a little bit earlier.
The target mode offers a different type of challenge for those playing the game alone, but doesn’t manage to hold your attention for more than a couple of hours at a time max. All in all, Toto Temple Deluxe in a fairly short but mostly enjoyable game, that may not be the easiest completion, but will allow you (and possibly a few friends) some crazy, bomb exploding, goat carrying, target smashing fun.