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Toby The Secret Mine review

Released back in 2015 on Steam, Toby The Secret Mine is only just making its debut on consoles, with Wii U and Xbox One being the first step.

Red-eyed catlike creatures have kidnapped your friends and you must find (and save) them. They have been taken in to a mine full of traps and puzzles that aim to catch you out, should you not be eagle-eyed enough to spot them.

The game is beautifully presented and has a superb soundtrack that adds to the atmosphere of the environments. Think Badlands for colour and style of the environments, and Limbo for gameplay and the look of the game – silhouetted platforming puzzles – where everything is trying to kill you and death is but a mere misplaced step away.

While the funky soundtrack and colourful palette are the main differences from the adventures of Limbo, Toby is more than just a mere clone. There are varied environments, mini-game puzzles to solve, and a boss battle at the end. It all makes for a very enjoyable two hours of gameplay. Unfortunately however, it’s that short, with very little replayability.

There are 26 hidden ‘friends’ throughout the game, but on my first run-through I had found all but two of them. There’s also very little story to hung up on. The beauty of Limbo was in the story that it managed to tell without words, that same emotion is absent from Toby, and while super cute, it just can’t match its source material. The ending is rather good though, with a good or bad choice, giving a nice twist should you choose to be bad.

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Having played through Limbo several times, I expected the same tricks, and it was a good while into the game before I met with my first unfortunate step, and that was only because I misjudged a jump.  As the game goes on, the trial and error deaths feel cheaper and at times more frustrating than they did in Limbo. The highlight of my short time in the Secret Mine was a sequence where I had to escape an avalanche. I also rather enjoyed the mini-puzzles, which while never too difficult, bar a hair raising lock picking challenge, it was good to see an attempt at bringing something new to the Limbo style of game.

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I also suffered a few bugs where I got stuck in the environment. Worse though, at the end of a level where I was tasked with jumping over a series of buzz saws, whenever I clipped one, I was rooted to the spot after respawning, having to exit the game and restart the whole level.

Toby The Secret Mine is beautifully rendered. The levels and hazards are well designed, and while it takes its influences from Limbo, Toby is no mere copycat; it takes the style of the game and makes it his own, it’s just a shame that it’s so short.

Thanks to Xbox and Headup Games for supporting TiX

Check out which games are coming your way this week

There are plenty of new titles coming your way this week to help you beat the January blues, let’s take a look at them.

RWBY: Grimm Eclipse – January 17

Play as Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang in this character-driven adventure that explores new storylines, new Grimm types, and a new villain!

Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battle – January 17

Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battle provides a creative and modern re-imaging of the classic multiplayer beat-em-up genre. Level up your rangers, team up with friends, summon the Megazord, and fight your way through levels stylized after classic Mighty Morphin Power Rangers episodes!

Siegecraft Commander – January 17

Create the ultimate fortress and wreak havoc, raining destruction on your enemies with catapult-flinging fun!Siegecraft Commander offers real-time strategy (RTS) single-player campaigns, while providing both turn-based and RTS options for high-stakes multiplayer matches.In turn-based matches, plan the location of the towers, units and walls in your fortress to outmaneuver your foes, then tactically think and precisely aim when starting your attack!

I am Bread – January 20

From the creators of Surgeon Simulator comes an adventure with a hero like no other! I am Bread is the epic story of a slice of bread’s journey to become toast. Take the intrepid, crumby adventurer on a journey from his natural confines of the kitchen, through the home of an unsuspecting owner and into the outside world.

Metrico+ – January 20

An input-driven game in a world of infographics. All the bar charts, line diagrams and pie charts react to what you are doing. You must rethink all you know to solve all the puzzles and explore every part of the world that is Metrico.

The Assembly – January 20

A first-person interactive story inspired by real-world anxieties, The Assembly immerses you in the morally challenging world of a secret organization. Explore as two individuals and face tough decisions from contrasting perspectives, that culminate in one of multiple thrilling conclusions.

Hunter’s Legacy – January 20

Hunter’s Legacy is an old-school 2D single-player “Metroidvania” platformer where you control Ikki, a fierce kitty skilled with twin swords and a bow, better known as the Great Huntress of Un’Amak. Ikki will use different mechanics like wall-climbing, gliding through the air with the help of spores and changing her body temperature to traverse puzzles and beat her quest.

Toby: The Secret Mine – January 20

A peaceful way of life in a small village in the mountains was thrown into disorder. Someone has kidnapped most of its residents. A couple of brave hearts tried to rescue their friends but none of them has returned. Little Toby didn’t want to just sit and wait so he decided to find them by himself. Go with Toby on an eerie adventure in a dark and creepy world full of dangerous situations, enemies and challenging puzzles.

Spheroids – January 20

Take control of Lucas, a jumpy Canadian boy who sets out on an adventure with his crazy scientist companion Otto after it’s discovered that the government has been hiding alternative universes from the cubic world they live in. Unfortunately, these alternative universes contain spheres that wish to turn everything round, so it’s up to Lucas to save the world from these dangerous aliens: the Spheroids.