ToyTopia belongs to an off-the-cuff puzzle sport format that was perfected within the final decade.
You realize the one. It includes swapping colourful issues like sweets and toys till you full the mission recognized in the beginning of every stage, unlocking and mixing boosts that will help you over the road.
Builders have struggled to give you methods to enhance on this profitable components, and Webzen Dice—a subsidiary of the studio behind the massively profitable MU collection of MMORPGs—has gone for a style mashup strategy.
So ToyTopia isn’t only a informal puzzler. It’s additionally a city-builder, permitting you to create a thriving, economically productive toy-based metropolis to energy you thru the story-based marketing campaign.
We’ll begin with the puzzle gameplay, which will probably be acquainted to anyone who has picked up a smartphone within the final ten years.
Every stage presents you with a grid of toys. Sliding three or extra toys collectively clears them from the display screen, permitting extra symbols to slip in from the highest.
In case you handle to slip 4 collectively in a sq. formation, in the meantime, you’ll get a lift that clears symbols inside a small space. 4 in a line offers you a automobile that clears a row or column.
Making a T of symbols offers you a rocket enhance, which swirls round clearing an space of the display screen, and bringing 5 collectively in a line produces a lift that clears all symbols in a given shade.
Additionally, utilizing automobile boosts builds your airplane meter, supplying you with a airplane to deploy each time the meter fills up, and each sort of enhance may be mixed with one other enhance to extend its energy.
All of this offers ToyTopia a shocking quantity of tactical depth. Phases usually are not simply informal matchfests however finely balanced puzzles filled with intricate subtleties, forcing you to contemplate every transfer rigorously.
As an example, the automobile that you just unlock by clearing 4 symbols in a line faces the route of the road, which means it could be no use to you if the automobile is vertical and it is advisable to clear a row. It might nonetheless be price making a vertical automobile, nonetheless, since two vertical vehicles mixed will journey each horizontally and vertically.
In the meantime, sure levels require you to make use of automobile and airplane boosts, forcing you to unlock them even when doing so isn’t significantly useful in relation to your different mission targets.
As a puzzler, ToyTopia is stuffed with these little trade-offs and tactical choices, and there’s typically little or no room for error. Plus, levels are typically infested with gimmicks—unhelpful enemy models that contrive to get in your manner by locking tiles in place, working for the exit, and so forth.
You possibly can acquire further boosts by spending gems and finishing quests, however these are in pretty brief provide and may typically be reserved for levels you simply can’t crack.
In distinction with plenty of informal match-three puzzlers, ToyTopia additionally gives quite a lot of completely different stage varieties from the get-go.
Some see you clearing a sure variety of coloured tiles and/or gimmicks, others process you with stopping mice from reaching the highest of the display screen, and others nonetheless contain clearing a path in order that Anne can attain the tip of the stage.
And that’s all earlier than you attain stage 30. The sport retains including new mechanics and targets after that, equivalent to whales, runaway robots, and far more.
That’s the puzzling kind of lined, however what in regards to the city-building?
Like each free-to-play puzzler, ToyTopia has its personal financial system of gems, cash, hearts, and so forth.
To play a stage, you want a coronary heart. These replenish over time, however you may acquire extra with gems, which you should buy with money (or by watching advertisements).
Stars, in the meantime, allow you to construct toys, and cash allow you to construct new buildings. These energy the city-building aspect of ToyTopia’s gameplay.
To create a brand new character it is advisable to use different characters to assist with the method. These base characters are unlocked as you play by way of the marketing campaign, or summoned on the DreamCatcher Desk, a construction that it is advisable to construct.
When you unlock a personality you may place them in a constructing, the place they’ll produce cash for you at common intervals. Naturally, the extra characters you create and place into buildings, the richer you’ll turn out to be.
There are tons of various buildings and decorations to create and place wherever you want. As soon as your territory is full, you may even reduce down the encircling forest and broaden your empire.
This all offers ToyTopia a enjoyable rhythm as you break up your time between fixing puzzles and tending to your little world. On prime of that, it offers you concrete targets to pursue as you’re employed your manner by way of the marketing campaign.
Whereas the city-building aspect of ToyTopia is pretty superficial as city-builders go, the sport’s puzzle levels are various, revolutionary, difficult, and addictive.
Webzen Dice has proven that there’s life within the informal match-three style but.