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Revisiting Toki Going Ape Spit Game

Let’s get to know the game Toki. Toki was actually released for bunch of platforms in the eighties, originally. This Genesis version and this is the interesting part. This is the improved version. The graphics and audio were upgraded, some levels were added. I guess that’s the better monkey sprite. And listen, here’s the thing, this is kind of a fun game. I mean, it’s stupid, but it’s stupid in a fun way. I mean, it’s a Contra-like shooter with a spitting monkey. No spine curvature or primitive brow could make that idea not great. But that’s the thing. The game? Never as great as the idea. Also he kind of looks like a fetus.

So you can probably tell just by looking at it, but obviously, Toki isn’t much of a mover. He controls more like a sloth than a monkey. He’s slow, he’s kind of stiff not really the most agile platformer. And the technical issues don’t help. Specifically the hit detection. Like, you’ll be jumping up to reach a platform, you’ll clearly be short by several pixels. And somehow, you end up on the platform, I guess Toki’s a magic monkey is more alike Dofus. Which is fine, can’t tell him he’s not, but it throws off your entire game. You’ll start pulling away, because you think your jump is too short but you end up making the jump, and you fall off the platform because you were pulling away. That happens all the time in this game. Until you just go ape spit, and turn it off. Nothing magic about the off switch.

You special little monkey. But like I said, it is kind of fun, it does have its moments. It’s a lot of fun to play around with the different power-ups, and the different kinds of spit Toki can spit. Even though, like Contra, you find out the spread-spit is the best spit, the other spits are kind of awkward. And actually, so is the level design. I mean, it’s a challenging game but only because it’s a cheap game. Let’s put spikes in the worst possible places. Let’s put enemies in the worst possible places. Let’s put saliva in the worst possible places, that kind of thing, it’s disgusting.

So again, even though the concept is fun, the execution’s really mediocre. Toki could’ve been much better. Of course, that’s not to say it’s bad. If you don’t mind some stiff controls and cheap design in a platformer, there’s some fun to be had here, if only for its awesome concept. I mean, this is one of those old games that just seems to have a cult following, and there’s a reason. I don’t know what it is, but I’m sure it must be something.

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