Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and Toast Time is here to prove the point.
Armed with Terry (toast-ejecting recoil & reload system) the Toaster you’re tasked with liberating your Monday morning from a variety of “Inter-dimensional time-blob beasties” intent on consuming your time...
On first impressions, Toast Time - whilst visually and audibly great - looks to be your run of the mill android shooter. However, it wasn’t long before I was won over by the physics, and happily firing my toast at anything coming near my clock.
The aim in Toast Time is to survive each of the 45 levels for a set amount of time, all the while defending your clock from any would be assailants. What sets this apart from other shooter/tower defence games out there is Newton’s Third Law. Shoot left and Terry will go right, shoot down and he’ll go up. Initially this doesn’t cause many problems, but as you progress keeping wave upon wave of pixelated baddies away from your clock, whilst Terry flip-flops about the screen, means that effective use of the provided power-up crates is a must.
Although Terry starts by firing the humble Plain White Slice, you’ll gradually unlock 16 new bready weapons including the small, rapid fire Farm House Slices, buckshot like Bagels and a Dodgy Grill that’s great if you like your toast on the burnt side. Just to complete each mission, each projectile must be used to your advantage. Even with the extra help, the learning curve in Toast Time is pretty steep and harks back to a simpler time, where the joy came from beating a level you’d been screaming at for the past 15 minutes.
That being said, it sometimes feels like sheer luck when you beat some of the harder levels. Enemies advance with such frequency, you’re often left firing wildly while your much needed crate looks on from the far off platform it’s stuck on.
Attention to detail is something that again sets Toast Time apart from the crowd. As well as unlocking weapons you’ll also get new customisations for Terry himself, and a trip to the tailor can have him looking rather dashing in no time at all. The variety of quips nestled in at every opportunity, also add a nice touch of humour to the game.
What you’re left with is a satisfyingly colourful and melodic trip through a world of bread and time hungry beasties. It’s a game with more style than you can shake a baguette at and it’ll have you shouting out in joy and frustration all in the space of one minute. The concept’s original, fun, well executed and is well worth a portion of your Monday morning.
- Great fun
- Looks and sounds great
- Difficulty spike
Toast Time is out now on Android for £1.99/$2.99/€2.29 on the Play Store, although it’ll be half price for the entire first week of it’s release.