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Toy Commander

by Sega
Sega Dreamcast
Everyone
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)


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  • full immersion in an awsome 3d interactive envirement
  • choose from 35 different vehicles!
  • 50 missions with multiple objectives
  • deathmatch mode with 3 distinct ways to play
  • up to four-players screen action

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Product Details

  • ASIN: B00002EQAP
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 3, 1999
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,053 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

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Most of us remember waging monumental battles and planning out complicated rescues with toy planes, boats, and such in our youth. Now you can do the same, virtually, in Sega's Toy Commander. The premise is straight from a six-year-old's dream: some of your toys have gone bad and are rampaging through eight rooms in your intricately detailed home. It's up to you to take command of the loyal toys and lead them through 50 individual missions to put a stop to the plastic menace.

The progressively more difficult missions, consisting of action sorties like rescuing toy steamboats from malicious submarines, or strategic ones like transporting eggs into a pot of boiling water, are anything but a tea party. All missions fit comfortably within the game's storyline and can be seriously challenging. The sense of scale, as you commandeer the game's 35 vehicles, is true to the look of an ordinary room to a tiny toy. Fun and offering a surprising amount of depth, Toy Commander is a nostalgic, innovative, and entertaining romp. --Sajed Ahmed

Pros:

  • 4-player split-screen death match mode, using any of the 35 vehicles in one of the eight rooms
  • All the vehicles look and handle very differently, adding to the gameplay
  • Impressive detail and interactivity in the game's environments
  • Varied missions include warlike action, racing, and strategy elements
Cons:
  • Tedious mission goals could prove frustrating

Review

Toy Commander is exactly what you would imagine it to be. You portray a commander of, you guessed it, toys. Everything from racecars to jets fall under your jurisdiction. Before you're through with it, this mission-based game will have you shooting pencil missiles at submarines, taking out miniature SAM sites, flying through rings, and even pushing eggs into a pot of boiling water.

The game takes place inside one house, which, like most houses, is broken up into rooms. Each room has several missions inside it. The first level is the kitchen, where you'll go through a quick training and a few other missions, in which you'll pilot tanks, trucks, and planes. After completing some of the missions in the kitchen, you can move on to the bedroom, and so on and so forth. Each room has a boss, but you'll only be able to face the boss if you can achieve the best times on most of the missions in the level. Some of the times are easy to beat, while others will have you pulling your hair out in frustration. Likewise, some of the levels are easy to complete, but some are just crazy. Most of the time, the difficulty doesn't really come from enemies - simply completing the tasks given is difficult enough. This is mostly caused by the game's ultra-loose control, which prevents you from ever feeling totally in control of your toys. The toylike physics of the game don't exactly help, either, though it is a nice touch. Sometimes you'll find your truck simply sliding off the side of a countertop. The game also lets you drive trucks up walls and onto ceilings. Since we're assuming that there's an invisible boy hanging on to the truck while it's performing these seemingly impossible feats, they don't really seem out of place, and they bring a little more depth to some of the game's puzzles.

Multiplayer lets two to four players go up against each other or team up in any way they see fit. The game's three multiplayer modes are deathmatch, capture the flag, and cat and mouse. The first two modes are fairly self-explanatory. Cat and mouse rewards you if you don't get hit too often, as it counts up points to the person that landed the last hit. The problem with multiplayer is that the repair items refill your health entirely, so several minutes of dogfighting can be wiped away without anyone ever having scored a point. Your only true opportunity to score a clean kill is when your opponent is out of fuel, which causes him to putter along very slowly. As he's making a run for the refueling item, come up behind him and unload.

Toy Commander does a nice job in the graphics department. The various rooms are large, and none of the items in them seem too terribly out of scale. I'm especially a big fan of the cat, which meows if you shoot it then gets up and walks away. The game's sound is similarly well done, with plenty of explosions and nice-sounding machine-gun fire. Finally, the soundtrack rounds out the package with several unobtrusive tracks that fit the subject matter quite well.

The game has an extremely frustrating learning curve, since you must get used to the control while dealing with missions that require an extremely delicate touch. Also, the game seems to flip-flop between missions that are too easy and missions that are too difficult - there's never any true middle ground. The result is a fair game that will easily frustrate you in both its single-player and multiplayer modes. It should make for an excellent rental, but most players won't remain interested for more than three days. --Jeff Gerstmann
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An immersive, highly entertaining experience. November 17, 1999
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Toy Commander is a must have for the Dreamcast owner who is a child at heart. The game is solid because the developers took the time to polish the basics--graphics, control, collision detection, mission length...What makes the game excellent is the "wow factor" when you first begin playing. I'm not refering to its graphics, which are quite good, but the emotion the game generates as you realize you've got a unique title on your hands. The 3-d environments do a superb job of creating the illusion that you've somehow shrunk to the size of a cockroach and are commanding an army of toy vehicles. Who hasn't imagined experiencing the world from a lillipution standpoint? As a bonus, this world is inhabited with sundry other toys bent on your destruction, who themsevles blow up real good. Fortunately, after the novelty of the environments wear off (and that takes a long time), what you'll be left with is a game that is deep enough so that you'll be happy you purchased it. For me, Soul Calibur, while graphically beautiful, was dissapointing because it was so easy to beat. Beating Toy Commander will take some time -- you'll get your money's worth, and find yourself giggling like a school girl along the way.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Addictive and Entertaining November 10, 1999
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I received a demo of Toy Commander with a copy of the Official Dreamcast Magazine. I had read about the game on a couple Dreamcast sites and thought I might pick it up. After I popped the demo disk into my Dreamcast and checked out the three Toy Commander missions included, I no longer thought I might buy the game--I KNEW I would.
I purchased the game and have since logged a solid three hours playing it. Now, granted, I have only played within two rooms, and not all those missions, but I am already addicted to this game. While Sonic, House of the Dead 2, and Soul Calibur are all great games, Toy Commander beats them all. This game is incredibly fun and entertaining. Whether blowing away submarines with a fighter plane or taking out bombers with a heavy duty combat-vehicle, there is no shortage of gameplay here. The developers truly have managed to recreate the fun of being a little kid and playing with your toys.
There are around 50 missions, I believe, and a boss for each room, whom you can battle if you beat their time on a sufficient amount of the missions. You can take control of 35 different vehicles, as well.
In addition, there is a 2-4 player death match included. But, based on what little I played with it, the deathmatch is just as addictive as the regular game.
There are some issues with the difficulty of some of the missions, but I would say this is minor gripe when you take into account how great the gameplay is.
All in all, this is one of the very best games available for the Dreamcast. I cannot imagine anyone not enjoying this game, and it is a potential system-seller. At least, I know it is in one case--my brother was undecided about the Dreamcast but now plans to purchase it in the next couple weeks after he played my Toy Commander demo.
If you have a Dreamcast, get Toy Commander. If you don't have a Dreamcast, buy one then get Toy Commander. Don't miss this game; it is too entertaining.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent game - a must-buy November 27, 1999
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Tons of different missions with a wide variety of easy-to-control vehicles. Despite the toy theme, little kids might be put off by the difficulty level of some missions without a strategy guide. The level of detail is stunning, though, and my neck hurts from all the straining I'm doing - the spatial 3D effect of the rooms is that real.
There's not much polish to the game (outside of the gameplay, that is), not that it matters while playing. The translation is cheesy, and they could have done a better job with the menus and the mission briefings. You may have to play a level a few times to figure out what to do, and in what order. And unfortunately, they had to resort to "timing" the levels to advance. Overall, though, a very unique and fun, addictive game. Here's hoping for a sequel...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this game! November 20, 1999
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Simply put, I think that this game is nearly perfect in every way. It brings back many childhood memories. At first some of the missions may seem difficult but once you get a hang of the game you can figure them out. This really is a thinking man's game. It's like chess in that you have to be able to think a few steps ahead in order to be able to complete many of the missions. Yes, it is educational.
I really enjoyed flying the planes and the helicopters. It was fascinating how you can quickly scan the rooms with these. The ending is very satisfying.
This game really sparks your imagination.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For the kid in you March 15, 2000
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
In "Toy Commander" you play the role of Andy, a little boy whose house is taken over by his rebellious toys. It seems Huggy Bear, Andy's first toy, is sick and tired of being neglected for Andy's newer toys and stages a rebellion, enlisting the aid of all the other toys Andy has neglected over the years. Huggy Bear declares himself "Toy Commander" and sets up his HQ in the house's basement.
Your job is to defeat each of these toys to earn the right to face Huggy Bear and take back control of your home. Each of Huggy Bear's minions controls one room of the house and you must best multiple challenges they issue to you before getting the chance to confront them one-on-one.
These challenges come in many different forms and form the backbone of the game. The unifying factor in each is that you must use toys to achieve your goals. You are given one or more toys with which to work. For example, in one mission you must knock three eggs into a pot of water and then turn the heat on under the pot. To do this you are given a toy tank and plane to control and you must use your wits to figure out how exactly to beat the mission. Once you have figured out what to do the next trick in this and all the missions is to best the time of the particular boss of the level; once you beat enough boss-times you get to face the boss itself.
Sounds pretty cut and dry, no? And sometimes it is, but the beauty of the game is the perfect balance the missions strike between impossible and possible, tear-your-hair-out frustrating and I've-almost-got-it frustrating. Many missions are easy to complete but not under the alloted boss-time. Others are just plain hard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game
This game is so great, not just for the crazy concept of it, but the execution of it is great too. There is just so much to do, even if you just barely beat the game, you still... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Will Ramirez
3.0 out of 5 stars A creative game, but difficult with little instruction
Toy Commander is an addictive game that is very neat, but the difficulty, tight controls, and lack of proper instructions really ruin it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by tdl
5.0 out of 5 stars More than You'd Expect
Toy Commander is a very interesting game in that it's a lot more fun than a cursory glance would cause you to think. Read more
Published 17 months ago by iamvishnu
5.0 out of 5 stars Toy Commander
This is another must have game for the Dreamcast system. It is not very long but it is a whole lot of fun. The boss fights are challenging and it's fun getting to them. Read more
Published on April 5, 2008 by E. Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars "I am the Toy Commander"
Single player the excitement builds up for each game in each room. Airplanes and Spaceships, dogfighting and dropping bombs on enemy vehicles, trains, ships and submarines. Read more
Published on October 22, 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been much better, a real disappointment
I really had my heart set on Toy Commander and when I got it, the game just didn't deliver! The game concept is really cool on paper but it didn't translate into a good game. Read more
Published on April 19, 2004 by Jean Michael Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten Toy...
Toy Commander was a little game released by Sega a few months after the Dreamcast was unleashed. It received good reviews, but not that many people bought it. Read more
Published on April 12, 2004 by "dnxp44"
5.0 out of 5 stars Toys,Toys,and more Toys!
Toy Commander is a very good game. When I do single player and multiplayer, I stock up on the cheats to defeat bosses. Read more
Published on August 20, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game
This is a really fun game. Tones of levels, lots of action. Everthing is great about this game exept for is tricky level, but over all its one of the best.
Published on May 8, 2002 by grey_98
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Challenge
This game is very cool. Even though it may be a little fustrating and time-consuming sometimes its very fun. Read more
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