Toy Story 2 is my favourite film of all time, and in my opinion the video game made for it is a platformer classic and one of the best licensed games ever. This was one of the most important games of my childhood, and also the first game to truly scare me.
In the game, you play as Buzz Lightyear, through fifteen levels. Each level has five tasks to complete: 1. Collect 50 coins. 2. Locate 5 of a certain item. 3. A time trial. 4. Locate and solve an unknown puzzle. 5. Defeat a boss. For completing these tasks, you receive Pizza Planet tokens. Buzz can attack with his laser and with a spin attack. Along the way, you can unlock five fun gadgets to use by locating Mr. Potato head's lost body parts, and pick up a hidden power-up in each level called Green Laser which makes Buzz's laser much stronger.
The best thing about the Toy Story 2 game is its personality. As a kid, every level felt huge and intimidating. Even the first level, "Andy's House", features unsettling music and a big, grimy basement to explore. And when you step into the fourth level, "Construction Yard", the game really starts to show its creepy atmosphere; it's a dark level full of dangers. But that level is nothing compared to the tenth level, "Elevator Hop", which may be one of the most complex levels of any game aimed at kids, featuring frightening music and a menacing tarantula boss that can only be reached by climbing to the top of the level, and it's both tough and rewarding.
In my opinion though, the difficulty is perfect. It's always challenging but never too much so, and this makes every objective really fun to conquer. There's a great range of tasks throughout it; every level is something different. There are also five levels dedicated to nothing but boss fights, and each of them are a lot of fun. The game just has so many adventurous and creative moments that stand out. Graphically, it's a very colourful game with plenty of variety, and the soundtrack is top-notch, with every level being assigned appropriate music. The music for the level, "Alleys and Gullies" is remarkably catchy, and the music for "Tarmac Trouble" is a synthesizer-driven song that sounds purely awesome. There's virtually nothing bad about this game.
The Toy Story 2 game for the PlayStation
is totally recommended for Toy Story fans and platformer fans in general.