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Toy Defense Review for 3DS — Playtime Destruction

There are quite a lot of titles out there based on historical wars. Even so, the development team of CIRCLE Entertainment still managed to put a pretty creative spin on things. Enter, Toy Defense. Based on the first World War, Toy Defense drops players onto a battlefield modeled into the form of a child s playset. So, how does this tower defense game stack up?

Toy Defense Review For 3DS — Playtime Destruction

As the name suggests, Toy Defense s theme may be WWI, but it is presented in a child-like way. You are the commander of your toy defense squad. The objective to stop as many toy enemy troops as possible from reaching your base. There are a total of 72 missions in all. Enemies are separated into several types: there are foot soldiers, armored cars, and bombers. These soldiers will come in waves, so each mission gradually gets more and more difficult as time goes on. There are several points throughout the level map where you can place soldiers of your own to destroy enemy troops. This requires you to be strategic; look for the best spots to place your troops. Just as there are various types of enemies, there are also various types of soldiers and weapons; regular trench soldiers, soldiers with flamethrowers, heavy artillery and SAM (surface-to-air) missiles. Anytime you wish to place a soldier in a new spot, it comes at the cost of a small fee. The currency is made up of in-game coins. These coins are earned by defeating enemies. You will get a small amount of coins at the start of each level, allowing you to place some basic trench soldiers to rack up points from the first wave. As the level progresses, the more enemies will appear at once, allowing you to earn more coins. As you continue to earn coins, more soldiers/weapons will become available to you (since they all cost different amounts). They all can be upgraded, with there being 24 upgrades in total. While you are free to fill the map up with different soldiers and weapons, you gain more points at the end of the level from the amount of coins that you save. In most cases, it isn t necessary to have a whole map filled with troops, but rather, the game encourages you to be efficient and place your troops in key positions. This is a strategy game, after all.

Toy Defense Review For 3DS — Playtime DestructionThe top screen displays a full view of the map, while you interact with the action on the bottom screen.

Toy Defense s gameplay was simple, yet a little addictive. I found it to be a good game for passing time. In addition to the addictive gameplay, the presentation is also relatively nice. The whole game is in 2D, and that goes for both its visual style and rendering, but the graphics still remain decent.The sprites were small and pixelated, but considering the game s price tag, it really isn t that surprising. Even so, the graphics are bright and colorful, which helps emphasize the toy theme. The game doesn t really offer much in the music department outside of the title screen. The only sounds in-game are the sounds of weapon fire and the grunts made from soldiers. While the rest of the presentation is fine, this was the one true low point.

Even though its presentation isn t perfect, Toy Defense still manages to be a solid, little title. It definitely isn t the deepest game in the 3DS eShop, but I found it to be a good title for passing time. At only ?3.99, CIRCLE Entertainment s little toy defense game should prove to be a nice treat for those who enjoy the genre.

Written by A.K Rahming1

Toy Defense Review For 3DS — Playtime Destruction

A.K The Prince Rahming is a young writer that s been gaming from since he was a kid. The first ever video game he played was Mario Kart 64 and his love for Nintendo has grown ever since.


  • Addictive gameplay.
  • Strategy is well implemented.


  • Subpar sound work.
  • Pixelated graphics.

Final Score: 7 / 10


  1. ^ A.K Rahming (

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