Toy Story Racer

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Toy Story Racer
Toy Story Racer.jpg
Developer(s) Tiertex Design Studios (Game Boy Color)
Traveller's Tales (PlayStation)
Publisher(s) Activision
Distributor(s) Disney Interactive
Platform(s) Game Boy Color, PlayStation, PlayStation Network
Release date(s) Game Boy Color
  • NA February 28, 2001
  • EU March 9, 2001
PlayStation
  • NA March 5, 2001
  • EU March 23, 2001
PlayStation Network
  • NA July 27, 2010
  • EU August 25, 2010
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer

Toy Story Racer is a kart racing game, similar to Nintendo's Mario Kart series, but based on the Toy Story franchise. The game was released in 2001 for the Game Boy Color and PlayStation systems. The PlayStation version has also been released on the PlayStation Network as a PSone Classic, in July 2010 in America and August 2010 in Europe. The game doesn't feature any characters who debuted in Toy Story 2.

Toy Story Racer features 12 playable characters:

  • Buzz Lightyear
  • Woody
  • RC
  • Bo Peep
  • Rex
  • Hamm
  • Slinky Dog
  • Mr. Potato Head
  • Little Green Men
  • Rocky Gibraltar
  • Lenny the Binoculars
  • Babyface

Gameplay[edit]

There are 200 soldiers to collect throughout the game, gained by competing in the different types of races. There are 8 unlockable characters, which can be unlocked by earning the required number of soldiers for that respective character:

  • Rex - 20 Soldiers (unlocked by Buzz)
  • Hamm - 45 Soldiers (unlocked by Woody)
  • Slinky Dog - 70 Soldiers (unlocked by Bo Peep)
  • Mr. Potato Head - 95 Soldiers (unlocked by Woody)
  • Little Green Men - 103 Soldiers (unlocked by Buzz)
  • Rocky - 130 Soldiers (unlocked by RC)
  • Lenny - 175 Soldiers (unlocked by Mr. Potato Head)
  • Babyface - 179 Soldiers (unlocked by Rocky)

The initially unlocked characters are: Woody, Buzz, Bo Peep, and RC.

Racing Types[edit]

  • Single Race - Regular race, the player must finish in first place to be awarded a soldier. (some races range in the number of laps and number of opponents).
  • Reverse Race - Same as Single Race, but the tracks are reversed. (This feature can be played on other types of races such as knockouts, tags and smash races).
  • Race Cup Tournaments - A race tournament where each position is awarded points; the winner is the toy with the most points
  • Smash Challenge - 4-8 toys are placed in a track, where the aim is to eliminate other toys by using the weapons on the track
  • Smash Tournament - A Smash Challenge-based tournament, where toys are given points for the number of "smashes" they earn during each of the tracks.
  • Knockout Race - A knockout-style race, where the toy in last place on every lap is eliminated.
  • Knockout Tournament - A knockout-style tournament, where toys are eliminated at the end of every race.
  • Survival Race - Same as Single Race but players must avoid being hit by weapons, otherwise they are eliminated. They must also finish in first place within the time limit.
  • Super Survival Race - Same as survival race, but the player must eliminate all the toys.
  • Time Trial Laps - Arcade-style mode; complete the lap within the time limit to win.
  • Endurance Races - Complete a number of laps within a time limit to avoid elimination.
  • Tag Races - To win the player must bump other players with their car.
  • Smash Tag Races - Same as tag race, but players are eliminated with weapons, not by crashing.
  • Collection Challenges - Collect the items scattered (clown toys) throughout the tracks before the time runs out.
  • Target Challenges - Hit the target boards with weapons scattered throughout the tracks before the time runs out.
  • Countdown Challenges - The player must complete a number of races within a time limit.

Tracks[edit]

The game has 18 tracks: 11 race tracks & 7 smash arenas (one is both a smash arena and a race track)

Race tracks:

  • Andy´s house (From Toy Story 2)
  • Andy´s new house (Snowy yard)
  • Andy´s neighborhood (From Toy Story)
  • Mall
  • Pier
  • Pizza Planet (external)
  • Underground parking lot
  • Sid´s attic
  • Sid´s house
  • Sid´s yard
  • Skate park (Also a smash arena)

Smash arenas:

  • Basketball court
  • Bowling alley
  • Cinema (Showing some scenes from Toy Story)
  • Gas station
  • Ice rink
  • Pizza planet´s arcade
  • Pizza planet´s diner
  • Skate park (Also a race track)

Weapons[edit]

The game includes eight items, found in 4 different coloured boxes: (7 weapons & 1 special item, 2 per box)

  • Yellow boxes: The Pixar ball & Magic 8-ball
  • Blue boxes: Rocket & Big whipping top
  • Pink boxes: Little whipping top & Bo Peep´s sheep
  • Red boxes: Electroshock & Battery speed boost (not available in smash arenas)

Cast[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
GBC PS
Allgame 2.5/5 stars[1] 3/5 stars[2]
Electronic Gaming Monthly 5.17/10[3]
Game Informer 4/10; 2/10[4] 5/10[5]
Game Revolution C[6]
GameSpot 6.8/10[7] 6.9/10[8]
GameZone 10/10[9]
IGN 7/10[10] 8.2/10[11]
Nintendo Power 3/5 stars[12]
Official PlayStation Magazine (US) 3/5 stars[13]
The Cincinnati Enquirer 4/5 stars[14]
Aggregate scores
GameRankings 63%[15] 73.66%[16]
Metacritic 76/100[17]

The game received a 73.66% score from the aggregator website GameRankings, based on 16 reviews for the PlayStation version,[16] and 63% based on 6 reviews for the Game Boy Color version;[15] the PlayStation version also got a score of 76 out of 100 from aggregator website Metacritic based on 8 reviews.[17] IGN's review stated "Toy Story Racer is aimed at young kids, but it's surprisingly adult in the level of detail, depth of gameplay, and its overall design",[11] whilst Tim Tracy, from GameSpot, remarked that "it's no Crash Team Racing, but Toy Story Racer provides plenty of challenge for young and old alike."[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thompson, Jon. "Toy Story Racer (GBC) - Review". Allgame. Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  2. ^ Thompson, Jon. "Toy Story Racer (PS) - Review". Allgame. Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  3. ^ "Toy Story Racer (PS)". Electronic Gaming Monthly. 2001. 
  4. ^ "Toy Story Racer (GBC)". Game Informer (97). May 2001. 
  5. ^ "Toy Story Racer (PS)". Game Informer (96). April 2001. 
  6. ^ Liu, Johnny (March 2001). "Toy Story Racer Review (PS)". Game Revolution. 
  7. ^ Provo, Frank (2001-03-14). "Toy Story Racer Review (GBC)". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  8. ^ a b Tracy, Tim (2001-02-22). "Toy Story Racer Review (PS)". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  9. ^ Da bomb mom (2001-03-27). "Disney/Pixar's Toy Story Racer Review - PlayStation". GameZone. Archived from the original on 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  10. ^ Harris, Craig (2001-03-14). "Toy Story Racer (GBC)". IGN. Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  11. ^ a b IGN Staff (2001-03-08). "Disney/Pixar's Toy Story Racer (PS)". IGN. Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  12. ^ "Toy Story Racer". Nintendo Power 143. April 2001. 
  13. ^ "Toy Story Racer". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. 2001. 
  14. ^ Saltzman, Marc (2001-04-25). "Toy Story Racer". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Archived from the original on 2007-10-01. Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  15. ^ a b "Disney/Pixar Toy Story Racer for Game Boy Color". GameRankings. 
  16. ^ a b "Disney/Pixar Toy Story Racer for PlayStation". GameRankings. 
  17. ^ a b "Toy Story Racer Critic Reviews for PlayStation". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-03-19. 

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