Toy Raid in Review – game and watch

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Toy Raid is a very straightforward game: shoot everything out of the sky. It’s ‘old school’ like something out of the Atari 2600 era, but with nicer graphics – and there’s nothing wrong with that. Toy Raid isn’t trying to be anything more than what it is; a Missle Command type clone for your iDevice.

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Your cannon’s turret is the only thing that moves as it fires automatically from the center of the screen. You swivel the turret by tilting to the right and left and there are two options for control: accelerometer and touch screen. I found the accelerometer controls more to my liking, but both work well.

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The point of the game is literally to shoot everything out of the sky, and don’t let the screenshots here fool you, there are times when the sky is filled with enemies. You score rises for each enemy type you destroy: planes and helicopters, to bombs and parachuting soldiers. At the end of each stage, you are shown your tally total before being swept into the next stage. There are various power-ups you must get as you go along. The initial cannon bullet just doesn’t fire rapidly enough and is just too small to allow you any hope of surviving later stages. Power-ups come from shooting crates which are dropped when you shoot down red bi-planes. There are frag shots which burst apart upon hitting an enemy and ricochet to others; a spread shot; a rapid fire shot; and a homing shot, just to name a few. There are also nukes which you use by pressing the button on the screen; a move that will clear all enemies from the field. Finally, you can also get extra lives from the power-ups which you will need, as it’s a clear case of 3 lives until you’re back to square one.

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You can leave your current game pretty much at any time, though when you come back and continue it’ll start you at the beginning of the current stage. The background changes colors with each stage, and the enemies continue to evolve over time, taking on new moves and even introducing ‘bosses’ to defeat. In all, for what it is, it’s a very complete package. I equate it to the old Game and Watch games which are simple, but fun. There are things that could make Toy Raid even better. There’s a limit on how long your power-up lasts, but I’ll be danged if I know what it is – having an on-screen indication would be helpful. Along the same lines as those old Atari games, different cannon locations on the field would make things more interesting (and possibly harder). Like the games of old, there’s a high score board, but it seems limited to your app; and it’s a shame that it couldn’t be a part of a web-based leader board so you could compare yourself to others. That said, if you enjoy this sort of game, I can certainly recommend grabbing Toy Raid.

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App Summary
Title:Toy RaidDeveloper:Flying Tiger Entertainment
Price:$1.99App Size:3.7 MB
  • Simple Interface
  • Easy and Intuitive to play
  • Lots of enemy types and power-ups
  • No timer indication on Power-ups
  • gameFew options for variety in play

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