Game Review: Toy Soldiers “Invasion” DLC
Release: September 29, 2010
Developer: Signal Studios
Available Platforms: Xbox Live Arcade
MSRP: 400 Microsoft Points ($5.00)
ESRB Rating: Teen
The British are bringing brand new secret weapons of tiny toy mayhem in ‘Invasion’, the second add-on to Toy Soldiers from Signal Studios! Put on your Kaiser’s helmet and command the German Army against a mad menagerie of new antagonistic toys, including flying saucers, chivalrous knights, and the “Rolls Royce of the Sky,” the WWII Mustang. Defend Germany in a new Survival level, two new multiplayer maps, and a new mini-campaign topped by the most calculating, head-strong boss of all (batteries not included)! Raise your saber, soldier, and lead the charge against… is that a spaceman? The Invasion has begun!
Invasion is set up just like the full game. If you are unfamiliar with Toy Soldiers, it plays like an action tower defense, defend your Toy Box from the enemy threat. You can only allow so many enemy units into your toy box before it’s game over. To combat this, the maps have set foundations that you can place stationary units on to stave off the oncoming enemy forces. Certain units are better against some enemies while being weak to others. For example, the Chemical units are great at taking out infantry, but are pretty worthless against a tank. This definitely commands some strategy when placing your units to get the optimal performance out of them.
One of the coolest parts of Toy Soldiers is taking control of the units and dealing out the carnage yourself. You can man any of your stationary units to do more damage and get kill multipliers which earns you more money. This then allows you to build up your stationary units faster, which of course makes it easier to defend.
Invasion brings all of this and then turns it up a notch with 1 new Survival mode map, 2 new Multiplayer maps, and a new Campaign with 3 chapters in it. There’s also 2 brand new playable units, 6 brand new enemy units, and 1 really big, brand new, enemy boss. Sadly, there aren’t any new stationary units, however the 2 new playable units are a great addition to your arsenal. You get a sweet new T-17 Space Tank that shoots a retro sci-fi pink round and also has side-mounted flame throwers. Then the crown jewel, in my opinion, the U.S. P51 Mustang airplane. This baby is amazing! I was never a big fan of the planes in the game, but the Mustang has changed my mind. It is a real pleasure to use and looks bad-ass too.
As for the new enemy units, they offer up a nice change of scenery. You get nifty Spacemen (infantry troops), old school Bothell Fire Trucks (yes, a fire truck), fancy Chivalrous Knights (same as the Calvary but they seem tougher since they are wearing armor), shiny T-17 Space Tanks, deadly P51 Mustangs (these puppies kamikaze), and the illusive Flying Saucers! The space units have such a cool Fallout 3 retro vibe to them and the sound effects made me giddy every time the Flying Saucers were nearby. Signal Studios did a great job with recreating these toys and effects.
I can only think of two things that I would have liked to have seen with Invasion. For one thing, even on the easiest setting, Invasion is tough as nails. I would have liked to have seen it toned down a bit for the casual gamer. My other thing is no new stationary units. With all the attention to the space themed toys, why not give us a mounted ray gun or rocket launcher? What about a catapult or ballista to go along with the Knights? Heck you could have even thrown in a water tower with firemen that could have slowed down the advancing troops so other units could have destroyed them easier. They also could have rusted up the tanks and other firetrucks to slow them down as well. Oh well, maybe we will see more of this with Toy Soldiers 2? Let’s hope so.
Brian’s Final Say: Invasion is great in every way. It’s more of the good time fun that Toy Soldiers has offered us since earlier this year. If you loved the original Toy Soldiers game, then you will love this new dlc. It will net you an additional 50 points of gamerscore all while having a blast playing with your toys. I highly recommend this dlc if you are a Toy Soldiers fan.