Excerpt: My wife has been after me for two days to review Toy Shop for the Nintendo DS. Mostly, that's because I've been ignoring her as I played it--after work in the car, well past midnight in bed after she drifted to sleep, then in the morning after I woke up--and she figured it was time for me to move on to other things. I resisted her pleas, though, by insisting that I was going to finish playing through it first.
Excerpt: Graphics & Sound: Toy Shop is a new strategy/RPG type game, heavier on the strategy. Here, the strategy is to run a toy shop that your two characters have inherited from their Grandfather. You have three years in which to make it profitable, or you will lose the shop forever.
The graphics in Toy Shop are very simple. They are bright and very well done. It's easy to see what everything is, so you don't have any trouble telling what you need.
Summary: Parents need to know that this is a simulation game in which players will create and sell toys. The steps are simple and suitable for the younger child, but because the gameplay is so easy, it provides quick rewards. Once the toy shop is set up, the inventory fills automatically, so you may find that kids are more drawn into playing the mini-game of building toys than running the business. Even so, this game does a good job of teaching supply and demand to young kids.