The game's plot revolves around a child named Andy (Guthy in the European game, mostly referred to on screen as "Toy Commander"), who gets new army-themed toys for Christmas, and neglects his childhood favorites. The toys, led by Huggy Bear, Andy's childhood teddy bear, rebel and try to destroy the new toys.
Each boss in the game has taken over a specific area of the house, serving as one of Huggy Bear's Generals.
In the game, the player must complete missions by controlling toys (usually in the form of vehicles). These missions take place in rooms of a house. The game is known for its unique tasks themed around the various household areas. For instance, the first mission, which takes place in the kitchen, is a basic training level involving swapping vehicles and different types, including a helicopter, pick-up and plane. Meanwhile, the second level involves using a toy car to roll eggs over to a pot of boiling water.
The game has five basic types of playable vehicles: race cars, which were primarily used in racing missions (though some missions would have the player navigating mazes in race cars), armed ground vehicles such as tanks or trucks with rocket launchers, airplanes, helicopters, and transport vehicles (which are always unarmed, but would typically be used to transport various smaller toys). Not all vehicles are available for use outside of one-player, which are the unarmed and transport vehicles.
A battle mode, with other modes, is also available in the game for mutliplayers, allowing up to four players, with no online play.
Sequels and Remakes
No Cliché created a special Christmas-themed demo of "Toy Commander" exclusive for Official Dreamcast Magazine. The game, entitled "Toy Commander: Christmas Surprise" appeared in both the U.K. and U.S. editions in their Holiday 2000 issues.
No Cliché also created a special summer-themed demo of "Toy Commander" exclusive for Official Dreamcast Magazine". The game, entitled "Toy Commander: Summer Special" appeared in both the U.K. and U.S. editions in special issues.
The Dream On Dreamcast Demo CDs contain several additional missions.
A true sequel, entitled Toy Racer was released in Europe. It didn't meet the same commercial success as its predecessor, having a much more limited single-player mode but shares similar toys, often in a different livery and using the same rooms in the house.
The game had a number of mixed reviews, IGN gave it an 8.9, claiming "The strong sense of atmosphere can be attributed in large part to the game's subtle but spectacular visuals." but also had said "Most of the time, the game finds a nice balance between challenging and competitively frustrating." Gamespot gave it a 6.7, Stating "Toy Commander does a nice job in the graphics department, 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." Then remarking at the end of the review "It should make for an excellent rental, but most players won't remain interested for more than three days." In most of the causal reviews of Toy Commander, players enjoy the graphics more than the tricky control scheme on difficult levels.