previews\ Nov 7, 2005 at 7:00 pm

Tokobot - PSP - Preview

People always complain about the lack of originality in games. Yet when a game finally comes around that is really unique and original, people shun it because it isn’t what they where “wanting.” This leads to poor game sales, which makes developers not want to make any new and original games. You see that this is a never-ending cycle that needs to be broken. Well, Tecmo is about to release a really unique and intriguing adventure puzzle game that puts a new spin on the genre. Read on to find out more.

Players will take on the shoes of a 16-year-old agent Bolt, with the Tokobots, which are the young and friendly robots who will help you on your journey to find various treasures. The thing is that these Tokobots will follow Bolt around like lost puppies thoughtout the entire adventure and you can control then by using various formations, and each formation helps players get out of specific situations.

In this preview three formations were available to try out. First they will circle around me, a single line formation behind Bolt, as well as a horizontal line formation. You can toggle between all three at the touch of a button, once you select your choice the Tokobots will immediately move into that formation. The circle formation is use to protect yourself against enemies and to jump to higher places. The single-line formation is used to attack enemies by throwing your buddies in the enemy’s direction, as well as use to climb various items. The last formation you can spin around really fast and do damage to enemies nearby as well as hover in the air if you have enough speed.

Players will have to understand each formation early on so that they can be prepared for anything that comes along the way. In this preview version you have to use various configurations to get through it. In other words this game will force players to think about to how get past any and all situations, which is a refreshing change of pace in comparison to many of the other games that are available to gamers currently.

In this preview version the graphics are shaping up quite nicely. The environments that the players will go through really match the games really unique style of game play. Bolt and his robot friends are detailed pretty nicely and have a nice set of animations that players will chuckle at while they are playing through this game. The sound for this game is very generic and not really inspired like the rest of the game. This might or might not change as the game comes closer to being released stateside. Hopefully this will be changed because it will add a lot more character to this game.

So far Tokobots is shaping up to be a really nice and unique adventure for the PSP. It will be interesting to see how it works out once it hits the American market and see if players will actually buy unique and original games. Hopefully they will so we can get more games like this available to us in the future.

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