Week in Arcade: Toy Soldiers

A single release to kick off the XBLA Block Party promotion… and it’s a good one.

Toy Soldiers

A tower defense game with a wonderful 1930s flair, the quirk here is you can drop onto the battlefield and actually control your units, instead of sitting back helplessly watching them fire at the wrong enemy. It takes a moment to adjust to the left analog aiming mechanics, but once down, you will love blasting away helpless foot soldiers and enemy super weapons. There are even flight mechanics, implemented wonderfully.

Many may be tired of the quickly flooded genre, but Toy Soldiers, with its Avatar rewards, easy to use interface, and wonderful art, is worth the price. Multiplayer allows for online or local play, a huge value extender.

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