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Toki (original title JuJu Densetsu, "JuJu Legend") was an arcade Platform Game made by TAD Corporation in 1990, that never received any sequels but was ported to a few systems a short time later. It is a simple little game, that was well received and still remembered to this day in Retro Gaming circles.

The Excuse Plot tells the story of a tribesman, Toki, whose girlfriend Miho was kidnapped by the evil witch doctor Vookimedlo, who also turns Toki into a cartoonish little chimp. Toki then has to fight through five dangerous environments and Vookimedlo's lair to regain his love and humanity. Luckily, the transformation gave him the ability to spit energy globes from his mouth, that are also his main weapon.

A remake of this game has been released in 22 November of 2018 for Nintendo Switch, and for PC through Steam on 7th June, 2019. You can see the trailer here. Meanwhile, the original game can be played in a browser here.

Not to be confused with the 2001 game Toki Tori. Or Kenshiro's elder brother.


Tropes that can be found in Toki:

  • 1-Up: In some versions, these exist.
  • Animation Bump: The Switch remake has better character animation than the original arcade.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: The descriptions of the levels are full of little mistakes, the most amusing example is possibly the one for the third level:
  • Bottomless Pit
  • Breath Weapon: Toki's various forms of spit, including a 3-way shot, a charged shot and an actual fiery breath.
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": The most common enemies are bouncing monkeys called Geeshergam.
  • Cursed with Awesome: How many monkeys can spit out glowing balls of death from their mouths?
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  • Cutscene Power to the Max: Not really a "cutscene", but in his victory animation after defeating the bosses, Toki jumps really high.
  • Death Throws: Toki and a few enemies. Most of them get disintegrated.
  • Distressed Damsel: Miho.
  • Dub Name Change: The Genesis port changes the names of most enemies. Most noticeable is Vookimeldo, who is renamed to Stark.
  • Enemy Roll Call: Most versions of the game (but not the Nintendo Entertainment System port) have this, starting with Toki himself and proceeding through the enemies and bosses.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Of course!
  • Every 10,000 Points: Depending on how the game's set up, Toki earns extra lives after reaching certain score intervals. The Genesis port allows the player the option to reward lives at every 7,000 points scored.
  • Faceless Eye: Rambacha can be described as a floating, teleporting Michelin Man with a giant eyeball for a face.
  • Floating Limbs: Bashtar, the Stage 5 boss. It's two disembodied hands, two disembodied feet, and a beating, disembodied heart.
  • Flying Seafood Special: Flying trilobites that give you coins when killed!
  • Gasshole: Mogulvor, the Stage 3 boss, belches and attacks Toki with stones that spell 'BURP'.
  • Goomba Springboard: Sometimes, jumping off of enemies can help you reach powerups.
  • Goomba Stomp: Toki's other means to defeat enemies, which also scores more points per hit than spitting at them.
  • Guilt-Based Gaming: The "continue?" screen shows Miho's face, appearing on some sort of mystical TV screen, pleading the player not to quit or else she'll be killed.
  • Heart Container: In the US NES version.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Second boss Rambacha uses his endless supply of bouncing giant eyeballs to attack Toki.
  • Invincibility Power-Up: Found only in the Genesis version of the game. Makes Toki intangible rather than invincible.
  • Jungle Japes: Level five, "Dark Jungle".
  • Kill It with Fire: Toki's breath can turn into a flamethrower.
  • Law of 100: Toki needs to pick up 50 coins to gain an extra life, or 50 pieces of fruit in the Genesis version (fruit is present in the arcade version too, but there has only the purpose of Scoring Points).
  • Lethal Lava Land: Level three, "Caverns of Fire".
  • Mercy Invincibility: In the US NES version.
  • Mutually Exclusive Powerups: You can't have both the jumping shoes and football helmet at the same time. Averted on the Switch remake, as you can have both of them.
  • Nintendo Hard: The remake, for one simple reason: If you lose all your lives, continuing starts you at the beginning of the level, whereas in the arcade, if you lose all your lives, continuing puts you at the last checkpoint you reached.
  • One-Hit Point Wonder: Toki, unless he finds the awesome football helmet.note 
    • One-Hit Kill: Even with the football helmet on, falling into bottomless pits will instantly kill Toki!
  • One-Winged Angel: Vookimedlo turns into some kind of demon as soon as you reach him, and then shows his gross real self.
  • Patchwork Map: A Ghosts 'n Goblins-styled one, which, as videogames often do, makes no sense (a tropical jungle right next to a glacier and a volcanic area).
  • Point of No Continues: Downplayed. No matter how many quarters are in your pockets; instead of immediately disabling the ability to credit-feed, once you reach the final stage the game allows you to continue only up to five (more) times before you are finally given a text-only (but still creepy) bad ending. Averted in the Switch remake.
  • Pun-Based Subtitle: The Sega Genesis edition of the game is titled "Toki - Going Ape Spit", which also counts for Getting Crap Past the Radar. note 
  • Reality Ensues: An odd one in the Switch remake, but you can't use the flamethrower power-up in the water, as it's immediately deactivated as Toki makes contact with water. You can still use the rest of the projectiles by the way.
  • Reformulated Game: The Genesis port of the game has much longer and completely reworked levels, with a bigger emphasis on platformic skills.
  • Ruins for Ruins' Sake: "Golden Palace, the final level.
  • Save the Princess: Miho.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: Level four, "Ice Palace".
  • Spikes of Doom: They come in two flavors, normal spikes and mounds of spiky balls that explode all over the place when destroyed.
  • The Spiny: Some of the enemies cannot be jumped on.
  • Spread Shot: One of the power-ups available.
  • Spring Jump: Collecting a rabbit-ears token will give Toki sneakers that will make him jump much higher than usual.
  • Temporary Platform: The game has a few ledges and platforms which collapse.
  • Timed Mission
  • Under the Sea: A big part of level two, "Lake Neptune". In the background one can see some Underwater Ruins as well.
  • Wacky Sound Effect: The "boing" sound of the bouncing Geeshergam, and other examples.
  • Witch Doctor: Vookimedlo and also the first boss Boloragog, which has a very stereotyped appearance.


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Toki (Arcade) Enemy Roll Call

After you finish the game, you will see in the credits the name of every enemy you faced throught Toki's adventure

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