XBLA Review: Toy Soldiers: Cold War

The Toy Soldiers are back to bring down the Iron Curtain!

Toy Soldiers: Cold War is the sequel to the original tower defense game. It’s a bit different to what you’re used to from a tower defense game as you can play as the units you build from turrets and even the missiles can be guided towards enemies. The objective is simple, stop waves of enemies from invading your Toy Box. You can play it as a standard game with setting up defences and upgrading them, but using them has its advantages like getting a bonus called a Barrage which can be anything from a mortar strike to controlling a Rambo-like commando that wipes away everything easily.

The campaign is a set of missions that also have secondary objectives like killing a number of enemies with a helicopter or blowing up vehicles with a tank. The intensity of the waves depends on the difficulty you choose and there are some brutal enemy vehicles that will annihilate you if you aren’t prepared, making getting a platinum medal rather tricky. Versus mode is obviously included and it’s good fun and has good replay value.

There’s also a co-op mode which can be played off/online and a set of mini-games. The mini-games involve hitting targets or guiding missiles through a set of moving holes, they aren’t the best but can be quite fun, but I have no idea how the high scores vary from the likes of 10,000 to 100 million or so for a game that can last about a minute, something isn’t right. The game has a basic look, but it’s charming in its own way. Not everything is destructible and there can be framerate issues at times and the audio is pretty decent.

The Verdict

Toy Soldiers: Cold War is a fun and addictive tower defense game. It can be challenging, but it’s rewarding and an enjoyable experience from the first mission till the last.