Excerpt: When it comes to arcade games, there are some great ones out there, mixed within some of the poorer titles. Without playing too many demos it can become a bit of a crap shoot but sometimes you get little gems that rear their heads and Toy Soldiers is definitely one of them. The basic model and style of the game has been built around the style of a tower defence game with the shackles well and truly thrown off.
Summary: The original Toy Soldiers was one of the first games with the now-standard 1200 Microsoft Points price tag, and to date it's still one of the select few games that was actually worth its price. With its "take control" twist on the tower defense formula, it offered plenty of levels and even a full new game+ mode to let you play as the Germans.
Excerpt: As someone who loved the original Toy Soldiers game, I couldn’t wait to check out the sequel, Toy Soldiers: Cold War. Signal Studios has given us a sequel that not only lives up to the original, but surpasses it in all aspects. This time around, you’re tasked to lead the United States against endless waves of Communist forces. You will have to face hordes of infantry, light armor, heavy armor, air support, and even massive constructs of pure destruction.
Summary: " Toy Soldiers: Cold War " is a really fun game. The new units add some extra mobility and pace to the game, whilst some of the more arcade elements, like the Commando, are just brilliant. Having said that, the core gameplay is basically unchanged, and veterans of the first game will blast through the campaign in no time at all. There is plenty of content, but none of it felt that new, and the increased emphasis away from strategy was not 100% welcome.
Conclusion: But there’s no getting around the fact that Toy Soliders: Cold War is an excellently crafted game that goes above and beyond all expectations for an indie downloadable title. The action feels tight, it’s bursting with content, the graphics and sound are impressive. Aside from the original there’s nothing else quite like it and given the meaningful improvements over its predecessor it’s fair to say that it’s technically a better product in every way.