Excerpt: Over the past few years the only way Tecmo and Family Friendly Gaming were put together is if the prefix anti was applied. When a report on Tokobot on the Playstation Portable came across my desk I was more than just a little skeptical. Tecmo has a long history in the video game industry and even though their games are geared towards adults only - they are usually difficult and of high quality. Tokobot follows a young archaeologist who these little robots follow around.
Excerpt: Innovation in games is a good thing. But that innovation really needs to see some polish. So many times, we see a really solid and new idea killed stone dead by less-than-stellar execution. A touch more work would see the game going down in the annals of gaming history ‘ see Ico ‘ but the developer just seems to finish up and ship it without laying on that extra bit of care and attention. Unfortunately, that exact thing seems to be what’s happened to Tecmo’s Tokobot .
Excerpt: Considering the anemic status of the PSP's library at the moment, it pains me to see UMDs with potential that end up being mediocre, one right after another. Every time something new hits shelves, I wonder if it's going to be the thing that kickstarts Sony's shiny black portable into being a valid take-along option, but besides Lumines, I'd be hard-pressed to pick a game that has less than a handful of problems and rough edges.
Excerpt: Tokobot is a platforming puzzler from Tecmo that features a group of little robots who can work together to help you out in a number of tricky situations. These robots were apparently created many, many years ago by a prehistoric civilisation. Many years later they were rediscovered by an agent of the Canewood's Lab research agency.
Excerpt: However, unlike that title, Tokobot is a completely new game from Tecmo where a young explorer named Bolt controls a small army of cute, little robots who can join together and shapeshift into new contraptions used to navigate the ancient ruins which you are asked to traverse. Bolt can't do much on his own except jump and open doors, so its a good thing that the Tokobots are around to help you foil the plan of an evil general bent on taking over the world.
Conclusion: Tokobot also features a Time Attack mode (once you’ve completed the story mode fully), as well as a selection of mini games. It’s a good solid package of entertainment, one that you can play for minutes or hours. Tokobot’s strength is in its puzzles, because although it may look samey the tasks vary hugely and they always manage to be challenging but fun – not an easy balancing act.
Pros: A unique style and charm all of its own, Steady learning curve and constant challenge, Fun from start to finish
Cons: Some dodgy translation, Occasionally dopey camera, A few extremely tricky jumping puzzles, Music is a bizarre mix freeform jazz and annoyingly boppy J-pop crap
Conclusion: All in all Tokobot was a surprisingly fun game to play. It starts off a bit slow, but after about 15 minutes the action heats up and the game gets very fun to take part in. Over the next few hours the game does have down points where it can get a boring, but there is always something new waiting around the next corner to grab your attention.