Sunday, May 8, 2011

A GREAT (and cheap!) WWI toy soldier video game!

Hey all!

So, I recently gave the game "Toy Soldiers" for the XBOX a try... and I'm so glad I did! 

Fantastic!  I can't recommend it enough:)  It is a tower defense game, so you build defenses and guard your base from wave after wave of attack.  However, it is not only set in WWI, but it ALSO uses toy soldiers!  Yep; miniatures come to life!

I have to say, it is a LOT of fun.  You build your defenses, using machine guns, mortars, AA guns, howitzers, and a few other weapon teams, as well as laying down barbed wire.  You can upgrade them, of course... and then you hear the whistle blow, and out of the far trenches the enemies emerge!  Enemy infantry, stormtroopers, cavalry, biplanes, bombers, tanks, armored cars... and there are a LOT of them!

There are a number of other neat little touches... for example, you can personally take control of ANY of your weapon teams, turning the game into a first person shooter.  You also can jump into biplanes, bombers, and a few different tanks and rumble across the field (or fly above it) slaughtering the enemy. The biplanes in particular are a lot of fun... not only is it WWI dogfighting, it is WWI dogfighting in a miniature airplane over a richly detailed wargames table!

Of course, the toy soldier lover wants to know more about that part of the game!

Well, first off, the battles actually take place on a wargames table.  You can actually see lamps hanging over it, the painted edges around it, shelves of toy soldiers in the room beyond... when sweeping over the battlefield to start, you can even see boxes of toy soldiers stacked around the table, and even the paints and paintbrushes stacked up (as you can see in my blurry photo to the left!)

And it doesn't hurt that, as you move on through the game, you unlock your toy soldier cabinet, where you can go take a look at the minis on their display bases:)

Even the load screens are great, showing old-school boxes of toy soldiers from fictional toy soldier companies.

So... I can HIGHLY recommend the game.  You can download it on XBOX Live... it costs maybe 5 or 10 bucks (can't remember) but it is definitely worth it.  A LOT of fun!


Michael Awdry said...

Outstanding, I wonder if you can get a version for the WII?

Anonymous said...

I love that game - quite enjoyable

Author said...

There isn't a WWII version as far as I know, but it is still a lot of fun?