Toy Story (video game)
|Developer(s)||Traveller's Tales (SNES, Genesis, PC)
Tiertex Design Studios (GB)
NA Disney Interactive Studios
|Composer(s)||Andy Blythe & Marten Joustra|
NA May 1996
|Distribution||ROM cartridge, CD-ROM|
Toy Story is a video game for the Sega Genesis, the Super Nintendo, Game Boy and Microsoft Windows. A PlayStation version was also in development but it was cancelled for unknown reasons. It is largely based on the movie of the same name. The game closely follows the plot of Toy Story, with a few minor differences. The game was followed by a sequel based on the second film.
The game closely follows the plot of Toy Story, with a few minor differences.
It's the day of Andy's birthday party, and his toys are riled up about the possible newcomers and their potential replacement. In an effort to calm their nerves, Sheriff Woody sends a troop of green army men, along with a baby monitor, to report. The mission goes over smoothly; however, they receive an abrupt warning that Andy is returning to his room, sending everyone in a frenzy to return to their positions. Once things have settled down and Andy has left the room, the toys find a lone newcomer: Buzz Lightyear. They are impressed with him and his features and Hamm decides that Woody and Buzz should have a race to settle their argument and Buzz wins the race, but Woody, still unfazed, challenges Buzz to fly around the room with his eyes closed, which Buzz does. Woody finds that he is being replaced by this newcomer in status, both in the eyes of the toys and of Andy, and is relegated to the toybox. He begins to have nightmares about Buzz (which never happened in the film version, but was based on a deleted scene) which he ends up confronting.
Jealous of all the attention Buzz has been getting, and dire to be the toy Andy brings to Pizza Planet, Woody grabs R.C. and he knocks Buzz out the window. This results in drawing all the other toys' ire at Woody, and all the other toys angrily try to get their revenge on him for his punishment if he has done so. However, Woody must escape from the angered toys with the help from Rex as he doesn't like confrontations. Woody is chosen as the toy to go to Pizza Planet, but first a stop to the gas station; Buzz hops in the van and gets his revenge on Woody for knocking him out the window and the two toys have a fight. Woody wins the fight against Buzz by trapping him in a spare tire. However, Andy and his mother leave, without noticing their absence.
Woody and Buzz hitch a ride on a Pizza Planet van to return to Andy. Once there, the two toys disguise themselves as litter and sneak into Pizza Planet, avoiding contact with humans. Buzz sneaks into a claw machine, mistaking it for a rocket to return to his home planet; Woody sneaks in the coin slot and works through the hazardous innards in pursuit. Woody is greeted by the aliens inside, who task him with saving some of their own, lost even deeper inside the machine. Woody is successful with the task and the aliens thank him. However, Sid Phillips, Andy's neighbor and notorious toy destroyer, has noticed Buzz in the claw machine and is trying to fetch him out; Woody is successful in delaying Buzz's capture by launching the Aliens at the claw, but is unable to prevent it, and instead goes along with him.
Woody and Buzz try frantically to escape from Sid's room, which is overrun with metal bugs and live firecrackers. Sid occasionally pops in to torture Woody by setting his head on fire, sending Woody dashing for a nearby bowl of cereal to douse it. Woody and Buzz have a run-in with Sid's collection of mutilated toys, keeping them back with Buzz's karate-chop action. However, Sid decides to destroy Buzz with a large rocket, and takes him away; to save him, Woody then befriends the toys, and riding on the back of Roller Bob, sneaks out into Sid's backyard, dodging various pieces of litter and Sid's dog, Scud.
Woody successfully saves Buzz, but the movers leave without either toy. Woody manages to catch up to the truck, but Buzz falls behind. Woody finds R.C., hops on his back on the road, and drives back for Buzz securing him they proceed to ride R.C. back to the truck. However, R.C. runs out of batteries. Buzz and Woody light the rocket on Buzz's back, cutting it off once they gain enough airspeed and glide all the way back to the van of Andy's mother. The two toys have gotten over their differences over the course of this adventure, and go on to be good friends in Andy's new house.
Players control Woody through 17 stages (18 for the Mega Drive/Genesis version and 10 for the Game Boy version) that encompass the entire plot of the film. Several obstacles lie between the player and the goal of each level, not least of which is a wide assortment of enemies. Woody is equipped with a pullstring whip, which will temporarily "tie up" opponents, letting Woody pass by unharmed. It cannot, however, kill enemies (with the lone exception of Nightmare Buzz, the only boss in the game to be permanently defeated through the whip). This whip can also latch onto certain hooks, letting Woody swing above perilous terrain (similar to Earthworm Jim and its whip mechanics).
The game occasionally changes genres for a stage. Players control R.C. in two stages: one in which Woody knocks Buzz out a window, the other in which they both race back to the moving truck. Both play largely the same; the game takes an overhead view of the level, giving the players basic acceleration, braking and steering, and tasking players with reaching the end of the stage while not running out of batteries (which drain constantly, but can be replenished by bumping them out of Buzz in the former stage, and merely finding them on the ground in the latter). The Mega Drive/Genesis version also has an exclusive level in which Woody rides R.C.'s back while rushing back to Sid's house to fetch Buzz; this stage plays very similar to OutRun, but has the same condition of maintaining a battery level. Lastly, one stage takes place in a first-person maze similar to Wolfenstein 3D, in which Woody must find alien squeak toys lost inside the claw machine and return them to the play area, where the rest of the alien toys reside, all within a time limit.
- 1º – That Old Army Game
- 2º – Red Alert!
- 3º – Ego Check
- 4º – Nightmare Buzz (not on the GB version)
- 5º – A Buzz Clip (not on the GB version)
- 6º – Revenge of the Toys (4° in the GB version)
- 7º – Run Rex, Run! (5° in the GB version)
- 8º – Buzz Battle (not on the GB version)
- 9º – Food and Drink (6° in the GB version)
- 10º – Inside the Claw Machine (7° in the GB version)
- 11º – Really Inside the Claw Machine (not on the GB or PC versions)
- 12º – The Claw! (11º in the PC version, not on the GB version)
- 13º – Sid's Workbench (12º in the PC version, 8° in the GB version)
- 14º – Battle of the Mutant Toys (13º in the PC version, 9° in the GB version)
- 15º – Roller Bob (14º in the PC version, not on the GB version)
- 16º – Day-Toy-Na (15º in the PC version and only in the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive and PC versions, but not in the SNES or GB versions)
- 17º – Light My Fire (16º in the SNES and PC versions, not on the GB version)
- 18° – Rocket Man (17º in the SNES and PC versions, 10° in the GB version)
- Jim Hanks – Sheriff Woody
- Pat Fraley – Buzz Lightyear
- Wallace Shawn – Rex
- R. Lee Ermey – Sarge
- Corey Burton – various voices
Difference between versions
The Genesis and SNES versions of the game are largely identical, aside from the usual differences that multiplatform titles of the time had (i.e.: the Genesis had fewer colors on screen, while the SNES had higher-quality sound and up to 256 colors, albeit at a lower horizontal screen resolution, which in turn crops out 32 pixels from each side of the play-field). However, the Genesis version has an extra level that the SNES version doesn't, "Day-Toy-Na", in which Woody rides R.C. from the moving van to Buzz in a segment very similar to Sega's Outrun (except without any additional vehicles on the road, and with the added condition that a "battery" must be picked up every so often, or the player will lose a life and start the stage over). The PC version is identical to the Genesis version, apart having a Really Inside the Claw Machine Level missing, but its music still remains in the game files. Due to the limitations in the cartridge, the Game Boy version is the shortest out of all the versions in the game, with only 10 levels and it is in gray scales (Unless when this version is played on a Game Boy Color or a Super Game Boy, where it adds color to this version).
Toy Story was met with mostly positive reviews. Aggregating review website GameRankings gave the Sega Genesis version 79.57%, the SNES version 71.35% and the PC version 69.50%. It was praised for its impressive visuals, varied gameplay, and soundtrack, though some reviewers still found the game to be mediocre and uninspired, particularly the dull side-scrolling level sections featuring Woody. The game was also said by some to be too difficult, particularly for the young audience it was certainly aimed at. The Sega Genesis version in particular was met with positive reception due to the game's 3D-rendered visuals which were a rarity for the platform at the time.
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