Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue
|Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue|
North American Nintendo 64 cover art
Tiertex Design Studios (GBC)
|Distributor(s)||Disney Interactive Studios|
|Composer(s)||Andy Blythe & Marten Joustra|
EU June 6, 2010
NA March 8, 2011
Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue is a platform game based on Pixar's computer animated movie Toy Story 2 and is the sequel to the first game. It was released for the Nintendo 64, PlayStation, Dreamcast, and Windows 95/98/ME PC in 1999 and 2000. A different version of the game was released for the Game Boy Color. A sequel to the game was released 11 years later based on the third film.
The games plot is relative to the actual Toy Story 2 movie and begins at Andy's house as Al McWhiggin kidnaps Woody. Buzz Lightyear, Hamm, Rex, Slinky and Mr. Potato Head head out to find and rescue Woody. After leaving Andy's house the toys enter the neighborhood in which Andy lives, then proceed to Al's Toy Barn, the penthouse where Al lives and finally the airport terminal and tarmac where the movie ends. At the end of the game, Buzz Lightyear has a final battle with Stinky Pete (a.k.a the Prospector) and two of his in-game henchman. Contrary to the movie, defeating Stinky Pete is the end of the game.
Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue is a standard platform game controlled from a third-person perspective. The player controls the protagonist, Buzz Lightyear in a three-dimensional world categorized by levels based on the movie that include Andy's house, Al's Toy Barn, Al's penthouse and the airport at the end of the movie. The game also features many of the original characters such as Hamm, Rex, Slinky and Mr. Potato Head as NPCs that give Buzz Lightyear different tasks to complete. Upon completing these tasks you are rewarded with a Pizza Planet token that allows you to progress to more difficult levels.
Most of the enemies in the game are not seen in the movie (excluding some bosses) and are placed throughout the levels anywhere and everywhere. Some enemies have different abilities than others which include jumping, flying, firing projectiles, and blocking. Most enemies, if not all, do damage to you on contact (with the exception of Buzz's spinning attack). Note that the enemies health is not displayed (unless it's a boss).
Buzz Lightyear is equipped with a few different attacks and powers to defeat enemies and progress through levels and the challenges they bring. Buzz has a basic laser attack that fires a single projectile from his arm that damages the enemy. This attack can be charged up by holding the attack button to deal greater damage. Buzz also has a spinning attack that hits enemies with his pop-out wings and can also be used to deflect some enemy projectiles. Similar to the laser attack, the spin attack can be charged to spin for a longer duration, although the charged spin attack leaves Buzz vulnerable by being stunned momentarily after the spinning. This move will be needed in later levels, as some enemies and bosses do not take damage from the laser. Another one of Buzz's abilities is jumping and double-jumping. Note that it's best to time the double-jump properly in some cases to achieve the maximum advantage of the double-jump. It's possible to improperly execute a double-jump thus making some obstacles tougher than what they should be or downright impossible.
In the first level of every zone, Mr. Potato Head will appear with one of his body parts missing. If you find that body part, he will reward you with a power-up that is permanently unlocked and can be used in other levels that have that power-up available. These power-ups can help Buzz progress through the game in different ways by making some obstacles, tasks and challenges easier or possible. The power-ups are the Cosmic Shield that protects you from damage and hazardous materials, the Disc Launcher that helps defeat tough enemies in hard-to-reach places, the Rocket Boots that make Buzz move really fast to complete daunting tasks, the Grappling Hook to reach high places and lastly the Hover Boots that make Buzz float for a few moments to reach high places.
There are fifteen levels in the game (see below). These levels are grouped into five zones (three levels per zone) that consist of two levels that require tasks to be completed and one level that has a boss to be defeated. At first, only one level is available but the player can unlock more levels by collecting Pizza Planet tokens. Each level starts with a FMV scene taken from the movie (except from the Nintendo 64 version—its low-capacity cartridge system meant that these movies were replaced with comic-strip type, cut-scenes). In each level, there are five Pizza Planet tokens that the player can collect. The player must collect at least one token to unlock the subsequent level.
The tasks that Buzz needs to perform to gain a Pizza Planet token are:
- Collecting 50 coins for Hamm;
- Finding five "lost" items (e.g. Bo Peep's sheep);
- Competing in a race against RC Car or completing a time trial event by Slinky;
- Solving a puzzle (e.g. mixing a Primary color to create a Secondary color) or reaching a certain, usually hard-to-reach location;
- Defeating a mini boss.
These tasks get more difficult and complicated as you progress through the game.
As stated before, Mr. Potato Head appears in certain levels offering the chance to unlock a power-up. Some levels have obstacles that are impossible to complete without certain power-ups meaning that you do have to backtrack through some levels if you want to collect any previously missed Pizza Planet tokens.
In the last level of every zone (levels 3, 6, 9, 12, and 15), the player has to fight a boss to proceed to the next level. A certain number of tokens is required in order to access these levels (see below). When the player completes one of these levels, a bonus movie can be unlocked which can be viewed at any time (excluding the Nintendo 64 version). In the last boss level the player will face three mini bosses from previous levels all at once. This is the final level and the only level that includes multiple bosses. Level 15 includes the Gunslinger from Al's Penthouse, the Blacksmith from Tarmac Trouble, and the Prospector from Airport Infiltration.
List of Levels
There are 15 levels available:
- Level 1: Andy's House (Boss: Tin Robot) (Mr. Potato Head: Ear)
- Level 2: Andy's Neighborhood (Boss: Zurg Kite)
- Level 3: Bombs Away! (Boss Stage: Bombs Away Airplane) (3 tokens needed)
- Level 4: Construction Yard (Boss: Jackhammer) (Mr. Potato Head: Eye)
- Level 5: Alleys and Gullies (Boss: Clown Top)
- Level 6: Slime Time (Boss Stage: Slime Monster) (10 tokens needed)
- Level 7: Al's Toy Barn (Boss: Toy Dinosaur) (Mr. Potato Head: Arm)
- Level 8: Al's Space Land (Boss: Buzz Lightyear Buggy)
- Level 9: Toy Barn Encounter (Boss Stage: Giant Laser Bot with cages carrying pods with regular enemies) (18 tokens needed)
- Level 10: Elevator Hop (Boss: Spider Gunro) (Mr. Potato Head: Foot)
- Level 11: Al's Penthouse (Boss: Gunslinger)
- Level 12: Emperor Zurg (Boss Stage: Emperor Zurg) (28 tokens needed)
- Level 13: Airport Infiltration (Boss: Stinky Pete) (Mr. Potato Head: Mouth)
- Level 14: Tarmac Trouble (Boss: Blacksmith)
- Level 15: Final Showdown (Boss Stage: Stinky Pete, Gunslinger, Blacksmith) (40 tokens needed)
In total, the game contains 50 tokens.
- Buzz Lightyear - the main character in the game and the only playable character throughout the entire game. Buzz has many abilities, such as a jump, double-jump, as well as two attacks: his wrist laser and his spin attack using his pop-out wings, both of which can be charged. In addition, there are 5 power-ups that can be unlocked to help Buzz complete certain tasks. Buzz is voiced by his original actor, Tim Allen in this game.
- Rex - Rex appears in every level of the game (except for the five boss stages), and will give you tips on where to find Pizza Planet tokens. Unlike in the films, Rex is voiced by Earl Boen in the game.
- Hamm - Like Rex, Hamm appears in every level besides boss stages. Hamm has the same challenge in each level, where he tells you to give him 50 coins in exchange for a Pizza Planet token. Like the movies, Hamm is voiced by John Ratzenberger in this game.
- Mr. Potato Head - Mr. Potato Head appears in the first level of each zone. His recurring mission throughout the game is you having to find his body parts (example: arm), in which he'll give you a special power-up. Mr. Potato Head is voiced by Don Rickles in the game.
- Slinky Dog - Slinky appears in 3 levels. He'll give you a timed challenge, in which if you complete it, he'll give you a Pizza Planet token. Just like the movie, Slinky's voiced by Jim Varney in this game.
- Prospector - the main antagonist of the game and the film. Prospector appears in two levels, both as a boss. He gets defeated by Buzz at the Final Showdown, being the main boss of this level. He is voiced by Kelsey Grammer.
- Woody - Woody is a collectable, rare, cowboy doll, who is also Buzz's best friend. Woody got stolen by Al before the game even started, so he has a very minor role in this game. He only appears in the last level, where you see him with Jessie before - and after - you fight the Prospector. Woody is voiced by Tom Hanks in this game.
- Jessie - Jessie appears in only 2 levels in the game. She first appears in Al's Penthouse, asking you to find all her critters for a Pizza Planet token. She then appears at the final level of the game, standing at Al's luggage along with Woody. Jessie is voiced by Joan Cusack.
- Little Tikes - the Little Tikes are little, round, tikes who appear in 3 levels. There is usually a Tike that needs you to find the other ones.
- RC car - RC appears in the first two levels of the game only. He gives you a challenge to beat him in a race so you could get a Pizza Planet token.
- Bo Peep - Bo Peep only appears in the 1st level of the game. She asks you to find her 5 lost sheep for a Pizza Planet token. Like the films, she is voiced by Annie Potts.
- Green Army Men - The Green Army Men only comes in the 2nd level. Sarge asks you to find his 5 missing soldiers. Like the films, they are voiced by R. Lee Ermey.
- Bullseye - Bullseye only appears in 1 level of the game. He appears in the Al's Penthouse level, where he tells you to find 5 horseshoes before the time runs out for a Pizza Planet token.
- Gunslinger - The Gunslinger is a character who only appears in the game, and is possibly one of Prospector's henchmen. He appears in 2 levels as a boss.
- Blacksmith - The Blacksmith is a character who only appears in the game, and is possibly one of Prospector's henchmen. He appears in 2 levels as a boss.
- Bo Peep's Sheep - The sheep only comes in the 1st level. You have to find 5 of them and return them to Bo Peep.
- Emperor Zurg - Buzz Lightyear's archenemy. He appears in level 12 in the game as a boss. Also, a "Zurg Kite" is shown as a boss on level 2.
- Aliens - The Aliens appear in the Al's Space Land level, being scattered around the toy store. You have to find 5 of them and bring them to the Mothership. They are voiced by Jeff Pidgeon.
- Rocky Gibraltar - Rocky appears in level 13 where he gives you a timed challenge to find 5 barbells before time runs out.
- Electronic Plane - The first boss that is not a mini-boss. The plane appears in level 3 where he flies around Andy's yard.
- Jackhammer Boss - The Jackhammer Boss appears in the Construction Site level. He is in the top of the construction site and you cannot defeat him with your laser, so you get the Disk Launcher, which Mr. Potato Head gives you.
- Mother Duck - A duck who only appears in 1 level. She lost 5 of her baby ducks so you have to find them and bring them back to her.
- Buggy Buzz - Utility Belt Buzz Lightyear that is in the film appears in this game, however, he is in a dune buggy and is in the space area of Al's Toy Barn. He only appears in that level, even though his role was much more major in the movie.
- Space Encounter Robot - A large robot that was one of Zurg's minions, but it got bigger for some reason. Each of its tentacles has a couple of Zurg's minions. The Space Encounter Robot is the third boss that is not a mini-boss.
- Clown Top - The boss in the level Allies and Gullies. He is at the top of the highest building, being one of the hardest bosses to get to. He is a spinny top with a clown face on it.
- Slime Monster - The second boss that is not a mini-boss. The Slime Monster is made out of slime, hence the name, and comes out of a trash can. The more you hit it, the more it grows.
- Chickens - A family of chickens who lives in Al's Toy Barn. Mother Chicken has 5 lost baby chicks and Father Chicken gives you a timed challenge to form a chain reaction to jump to the top of a gumball machine, where the Pizza Planet token is.
- Dinosaur Boss - A boss that appears in Al's Toy Barn. It is a blue and green dinosaur that is in a shaft on top of a few boxes. The Dinosaur boss location is surrounded by slime.
- Mice - A family of mice who appear in the Elevator Hop level. Mother Mouse lost her baby mice and Father Mouse gives you a timed challenge to slide down the elevator shaft in time.
- Spider Gunro - A spider boss that shoots cannons who appears in the Elevator Hop level.
- Zipline Saucer - A flying saucer that asks you to ride a zipline, where you quickly jump to another zipline at the red spot of the line. If you win it gives you a Pizza Planet token.
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