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By Pedro "Pap" Hernandez


December 4, 2018  (originally published June 28, 2011)

Pap the Disney Gamer’s Highlights: Toy Story
Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis
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A few weekends ago I attended my first ever Disney on Ice show, Toy Story 3! It was all so magical! The show was so amazing that it had me looking back at all the Toy Story related things I’ve experienced throughout my life: the movies (of course), the Buzz Lightyear TV show and direct to video movie, old making-of documentaries, and yes, even the video games.

There have been many Toy Story video games released since the first movie broke box office records and changed the world of animation forever in 1995, but my favorite of them all is the classic 16-bit game based on the first movie.

Toy Story: the Video Game is a 2D platformer where players take control of Woody, Andy’s favorite toy and star of all the movies. For those uninitiated in the Toy Story saga, the first film tells the tale of Woody and how the arrival of Buzz Lightyear, a modern, cooler toy, makes him realize the meaning of friendship thanks to the hardships they were forced to face. The video game is a very loyal adaptation of the film, following the movie’s major events very closely from the toy’s first meeting till the reunion with Andy at the car.

Gameplay wise, it is a very solid effort. Woody can use his string to reach new areas as well as attack enemies. It doesn’t go beyond the basics of the platformer genre, and Woody himself can be a little hard to control sometimes, but considering how awful licensed platformers could be back in the day, Toy Story stood out as one of the best, and the hype surrounding the movie helped it become a beloved childhood classic for many.

The levels are very challenging, but injected with a lot of personality and creativity. The aforementioned claw machine level takes place in a first person perspective, for example, creating a very cool graphical effect in the process. In another level, you and Buzz must sneak past the patrons of Pizza Planet. There is even a cool boss level where you fight a giant, nightmare version of Buzz!

Speaking of which, Toy Story the movie broke new ground as the first ever animated movie done completely in CG. The game borrows the look on the movie and it is great. Granted, the game’s graphics weren’t anything new as one of the first video games to use pre-rendered CG sprites, Donkey Kong Country, was released a year prior to both the movie and the game. But it was, and still is, a visual delight. The characters greatly resemble their film counterparts, and the level of detail presented in each level is stunning. In terms of music and sound design, Toy Story is also a winner. It features songs such as “Strange things” and “You got a friend in me,” along with original compositions that capture the whimsy of the film very well.

On a completely random note, in Toy Story 2 Rex is obsessed with beating a Buzz Lightyear video game. The system and the controller in the movie are modeled after the Super Nintendo console, one of the systems that hosted the first Toy Story game. Kind of funny since the video game adaptation of Toy Story 2 was released on the PlayStation and Nintendo 64, and by the time 16 systems had gone the way of the Dodo.

Overall, Toy Story the video game is a classic game that does justice to the influential animated film that inspired it. It is worth hunting down for both Disney and Pixar fans as well as Toy Story fans.

Now, stay tuned for this week’s Thursday Treasures as I talk about the event that inspired this whole walk down Toy Story lane.  

Past Gamer Tuesday

Animated film based games
Aladdin (SEGA)
Alice in Wonderland
Alice's Paint Adventure
Beauty and the Beast Board Game

Beauty and the Beast - two games
Beauty and the Beast: A Board Game Adventure
Beauty and the Beast Computer Game 
A Bug's Life
Cars: The Video Game

Cars Game Reviews
Cinderella's Midnight Dash
Disney Friends
Disney Friends - The Friends of Disney Friends
Finding Nemo Games

Jungle Book, The
Lion King, The
The Little Mermaid
Little Mermaid II: Pinball Frenzy

Tangled, the Video Game
Tigger's Honey Hunt
Toy Story

Live Action film based games
102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue
Disney's A Christmas Carol
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
Muppets Cruise Party

My Muppets Show
Prince of Persia
Roger Rabbit

Mickey and Friends
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse HD Remake
Disney Golf
Disney Magicboard Online
Disney Sports Soccer

Disney Super Speedway
Donald Duck
Donald Duck: Goin' Quakers
Epic Mickey
Epic Mickey 2: Power of 2

Goofy's Hysterical History Tour
Lucky Dime Caper, The
Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse
Magical Tetris Challenge
Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow

Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mousecapade
Mickey Mouse Magic Wands
Mickey's 123's: The Big Surprise Party
Mickey's Dangerous Chase
Mickey's Great Adventure in Tokyo Disneyland

Mickey's Speedway USA
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Where's My Mickey?

The Kingdom Hearts Retrospective
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 10

Part 11
Part 12

Fun Finds
Diddy Kong Racing
Rayman 3
Sonic Colors

101  Dalmatians in Kingdom Hearts
2013 recap
Some of the Bravest Disney Characters
Carousel of Gaming Progress
Christmas list
The D Show
Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Grooves

Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Mix
Darkwing Duck: Remastered
Disney DVD games
Disney Fighting Game that was never made
Disney Infinity

Disney Infinity: Frozen
Disney Infinity: Holiday Guide
Disney Infinity: Play Set Wish List
Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life

Disney Princess
Disney Villains Revenge
Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure
Disney's Game and Watch
Disney's Sing It Family Hits

Disney's Th!nk Fast
Easter Egg in Kinect Disneyland Adventure
Epcot's Innoventions
Fantasia: Music Evolved
Future of Star Wars Gaming and LucasArts

Game Guide for 2012
Guilty Party
Hidden Levels of Mickey's Speedway USA
How the Pap saved Christmas
Just Dance Disney Party

Kingdom Hearts III announcement
Kingdom Hearts III Dream Summons Predictions
Kingdom Hearts III prediction
Kingdom Hearts III live action predictions
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
Lady and the Tramp appearance
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Love Scenes in Video Games

Marvel Super Heroes (Arcade Game)
Mickey Mouse games released during Presidential terms
Monsters, Inc. Scream Arena Introduction
Nightmare Before Christmas Appearances
Pico Games

Pop Century's History of Video Games
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Fighting Game from Runaway Brain
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
Steamboat Willie through the years
Summer Games

Tiger Handheld Games
Video Game References found within the parks
Where's My Water?
Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road
Wreck-It-Ralph Trailer Analysis
Wreck-It Ralph Trailer Analysis Part 2

Wreck-It Ralph Meet and Greet queue
Wreck-It Ralph's appearance in All-Stars Racing Transformed

Park themed games
Adventures at the Magic Kingdom
Adventures at the Magic Kingdom clarification
Adventure of Tokyo DisneySea
Disneyland Explorer

Disney Fireworks
Disney TokyoSea snack appearance
Finding Fantasyland
Kinect Disneyland Adventures
Magic Kingdom Board Game

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom: Tortuga Tavern
Toontown Online
Toy Story Mania!
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour - Looking back after a year

Pap's Picks
E3 Highlights
The Marvel Connection
Top 5 Weird Games
Top Marvel and Disney super hero games

Television Based Games
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers
Darkwing Duck

DuckTales: Remastered
Goof Troop

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