Toy Soldiers: Cold War Review
Toy Soldiers: Cold War Box Art
System: Xbox 360
Dev: Signal Studios
Pub: Microsoft Studios
Release: August 17, 2011
Players: 1-2
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Violence

The only real complaints I have about TS:CW are relatively minor. The first is the camera. It's often awkwardly slow and hard to control. This can be frustrating when you're in the thick of a battle, but it's probably not going to cause many players to lose a round.

Toy Soldiers: Cold War Screenshot

The second is a theoretical complaint; I'm a little unsure that Toy Soldiers: Cold War will have much replay value. With most tower defense games, I become obsessed with finding the perfect defense for a map, but this isn't the case with TS:CW. Once I beat the tiny Soviets the first time, I don't have much desire to go back and hone my strategy.

In the end, though, Toy Soldiers: Cold War solves a problem that you probably didn't even know existed: consoles are a terrible platform for the tower defense genre. Sure, games like Plants Vs. Zombies and Defense Grid are fun, but they are much better suited for a keyboard and mouse or a touchscreen. This just isn't the case with Cold War, as the control scheme seems perfectly tailored for the 360 controller.

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The bottom line: Toy Soldiers: Cold War is by far the best tower defense game on Xbox live. It's well worth the 1200 Microsoft Points, but if you're still on the fence about it, there's a free demo to help you make that decision a little easier.

By Josh Engen
CCC Contributing Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.9
Graphics
The game looks wonderful, but it's nothing spectacular.
3.9
Control
The interface is intuitive.
4.4
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Quirky and clever. Easy on the ears.
5.0
Play Value
Incredibly fun. The best tower defense game on Xbox Live.
4.5
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Cooperative gameplay.
  • Cold War Setting.
  • A mixture of the tower defense and 3rd person shooter genres.
  • Clever, funny characters.

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