Toy Story (Sega Genesis, 1996)
|Explore the fun and magical Toy Story world in which toys become sentient in the absence of humans. The game tackles the adventures of Woody, as he tries to rescue Buzz Lightyear who he accidentally sent to the real world. Each level in the game depicts a movie scene, except the Buzz Nightmare level. Make Woody run, jump, duck and fight various enemies, including a Claw Machine and mutant toys, while collecting items essential for making it through each new challenge. Woody is aided by other characters from the film like Mr. Potato Head, Rex, and RC Car. Have fun with all of your favorite characters and strategically use our skills to keep everyone safe in Disney's Toy Story for Sega Genesis.
The game was followed by a sequel based on the second film. This is the only Pixar game that had a Kids To Adults rating in the USA.
Players control Woody through 18 stages that encompass the entire plot of the film. Several obstacles lie between the player and the goal of each level, not least of which is a wide assortment of enemies. Woody is equipped with a pullstring whip, which will temporarily "tie up" opponents, letting Woody pass by unharmed. It cannot, however, kill enemies (with the lone exception of Nightmare Buzz, the only boss in the game to be permanently defeated through the whip). This whip can also latch onto certain hooks, letting Woody swing above perilous terrain (similar to Earthworm Jim and its whip mechanics).
The game occasionally changes genres for a stage. Players control R.C. in two stages: one in which Woody knocks Buzz out a window, the other in which they both race back to the moving truck. Both play largely the same; the game takes an overhead view of the level, giving the players basic acceleration, braking and steering, and tasking players with reaching the end of the stage while not running out of batteries (which drain constantly, but can be replenished by bumping them out of Buzz in the former stage, and merely finding them on the ground in the latter). The Mega Drive/Genesis version also has an exclusive level in which Woody rides R.C.'s back while rushing back to Sid's house to fetch Buzz; this stage plays very similar to OutRun, but has the same condition of maintaining a battery level. Lastly, one stage takes place in a first-person maze similar to Wolfenstein 3D, in which Woody must find alien squeaky toys lost inside the claw machine and return them to the play area, where the rest of the alien toys reside, all within a time limit.
Reviews of Toy Story range from positive to average. Aggregating review website GameRankings gave the Sega Genesis version 80%, the SNES version 71% and the PC version 70%. It was praised for its impressive visuals, varied gameplay, and the PC version's enhanced soundtrack, but criticized for its poor control and uneven difficultly, with some levels which reviewers found to be too frustratingly difficult, particularly for the young target audience. The visuals were best received on the Sega Genesis version due to the game's 3D-rendered graphics, which had several precedents on the SNES and PC but were completely new for the Genesis. Critics were varied in their overall impressions; GamePro concluded that "Despite the stunning graphics, Toy Story's uninspiring gameplay makes for merely fleeting fun", while Game Informer decreed the game "a humorous and fun adventure that will certainly entertain everyone in the whole family."
|Publisher||Sega of America, Inc.|
|Game||Disney's Toy Story|
|Number of Players||1|
|ESRB Rating||K-A - Kids to Adults (Ages 6+)|
|Game Series||Toy Story Series|
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