About The Game
And don't worry if you're friendless: bots will play Toto Temple Deluxe is a fast-paced, king of the hill style, local multiplayer game where players must steal an egg-laying goat from their friends and try to keep it atop their own head for as long as possible.
Infinitely dash in any direction to swiftly move around and powerfully headbutt the goat carrier to steal their four-legged booty. Escape your jealous opponents and protect the goat by blocking their attacks with a well-timed shield pop! You’ll "get their goat", guaranteed.
And don't worry if you're friendless: bots will play with you whenever you want and for as long as you want. You can change their difficulty level too, because they're probably tougher than you think.
When I was growing up there 4 and 5 player games on console didn't arrive all that often, having siblings and school friends more often than not always left us wishing for more than we were ever likely to get.
Today rarely does a month goes by where at least one local multi player game is released.
This would have made my young self rather happy 20 years ago as a great escape from High School life.
But times change I’m no longer 15 but 35 I have 3 kids all under the age of 5 a wife to be who isn’t especially all that interested in most console gaming experiences, and a small circle of friends most of whom have left regular console gaming behind.
The video games industry changed with these times too almost all major multi player releases these days feature online play for those of us whose friends have moved on from console games (a lot are coming back admittedly) or those of us that now work so many hours at various times in the day we’re unlikely to have time to meet up for gaming sessions even if we want to, or even those of us who have kids and our gaming buddies have kids the thought of 3 or 4 players all gathering in one house with all our kids and thinking for one second we’ll actually get through a single round seems ludicrous.
More and more players are forced to turn to online play even if it’s not their preferred option.
By all means keep in the local play for those who have the time, friends and lack of other commitments to have fun and enjoy the games in the best possible way.
But where ever possible add online play for those that don’t.
Toto Deluxe as you might have worked out by now does not have online play and this for all the people outlined above will be an issue.
The game can of course be played with just a single player and you can add up to 3 cpu players so you won’t be playing the game alone but in my personal experience nothing really beats taking on games like this against real players.
Just to rub a little extra salt into the wounds one of the maps can only be unlocked by participating in the game with 4 human players and I suspect that even those with friends of family members to play the game with won’t likely unlock the map unless they simply use extra controls and have them sit idly by doing nothing.
However despite most of the above sounding relatively negative the game isn’t a write off or something to be avoided at all costs.
I suspect the game trailer alone will be enough to sell the game to some people.
I saw the trailer below the positive section a few minutes before I started the game while I was waiting for my review copy to download and I must admit it made me wish the download would speed up.
The game is designed for local multi player gaming despite my comments above it’s perfectly acceptable in my opinion in particular for small development teams not to risk it all adding online play and the costs involved.
There have been a lot of good / great games that have had expensive features and extra development added to them that have failed to generate the additional funds to pay for their addition.
If you have or are more often than not likely to have at last one / preferably 2 or 3 more real players join you for an in house gaming session this game could well become one of your favourites very quickly.
So local play only but what about the actual game play and what do you actually do?
Each player controls their own little totem and set off on a quest largely for goat domination.
In classic mode the aim is simple reach the set core limit before anyone else.
The best way to do this is to grab the goat, run around with it on your head and don’t get smashed by the others who’ll be hurtling themselves towards you in a desperate bid to take the goat for themselves.
You can defend yourself from their theft attacks with the tap of a button but as you get slower and slower in all likelihood it usually doesn’t take too long for the goat to enter the possession of another player.
Power ups are dropped into the arena to help players on their quest for goat supremacy these including a magnet that will pick up all the mini coins that hatch from eggs deposited into the arena by the poor nervous goat!
The bomb mode plays more like a death match where you are tasked with taking control of a rather large explosive black goat and set about trying to blow up everyone in your way.
Both classic and bomb mode can be played as al out vs or 2 vs 2 (with our without cpu taking control of additional characters.
Target mode can be played by either one or 2 players and here you’ll need to destroy multiple targets as quickly as possible.
It can offer up a decent challenge and you’ll need to keep improving and getting quicker to advance and collect all the pieces. (Rewarded for certain scores)
2 players in this mode is highly recommended.
The arena’s themselves are relatively small but all bright and colourful affairs.
Some include moving platforms, under water level, walls that can (and often must) be destroyed.
Some will require unlocking through various means some are far easier than others but it adds a little extra to the party battle vibe and something to aim towards.
The games controls are so easy even my 4 year old son was able to play a few rounds with me (I let him win for about 15 seconds before I went to the dark side and stole his goat I feel so bad right now)
To save you opening up the in game manual the very basic and most important control is used right at the menu screen.
You’ll have to dash left and right or up and down to choose various game options.
In addition to the crazy dash you have a jump (or double jump if you tap it twice) that will help you reach higher platforms and the block defence for the goat holder to attempt to repel the oncoming dash of their opponents.
The music is great throughout with each stage having its own tune I personally never tired of it during my game play time.
Back in my youth Bomberman was the ultimate local multi player king and perhaps still would be If it’s owners gave it a second thought today.
Toto deluxe doesn't look like Bomberman and it doesn't play like it. (Despite the exploding goat)
But I can’t help but feel we would have been drawn to it in a similar fashion had the game been around back then.
While it’s certainly not a write off for players who often or always play alone (when online isn't an option) it was created with the intention of at least 2 if not 3 or 4 players going at it in a desperate attempt to own that goat for themselves.
For those that have the 3 or 4 players ready and able to take part you can probably add 1 or 2 points onto the score for those that don’t possibly move 1 or 2 points away.
It has the potential to be fantastic fun but for most you’ll need to ensure you have the company to make it so.
A review copy of the game was provided by Juicy Beast Studio and reviewed in accordance with the review policy.