Parents' Guide to

Toy Soldiers

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Teen war strategy game with deceptively realistic violence.

Game Xbox 360 2010
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 11+

War in Toyland

Brilliant and addictive and quite violent. No blood or cussing, but plenty of war raging before your eyes, some of which you control and some of which is being carried out by your toy soldier armies. We upgraded to the Americans vs the Soviets and it's even more intense and fun.
age 12+

A good introduction to the ways of war.

Toy Soldiers is an addictive strategy game, that might just teach your kids a bit about WWI. -Violence: This game is set during world war I. There is enough violence to do justice to the horrors of trench warfare without being overwhelming. -Alcohool and Tobacco references are negligible.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (7 ):

Toy Soldiers may be chaotic and violent, but it is also really, really good. The visuals are nothing short of gorgeous, and the antique-y look that overlays the whole game makes this real-time strategy game feel very special and unique. In a way, it seems like the whole "toy" aspect was only layered onto the game to make it look amazingly cool (which it does). If the game were made as a "realistic" WWI strategy game, it would still be a great example of the genre. But the unique settings and look of the game do add a whole lot.

It can be very challenging, but in a way that makes you want to keep trying over and over, deploying new strategies each time your base gets overrun. For the $15 price tag, Toy Soldiers is a particularly great buy -- but only for players who would be old enough to handle a "real" war game.

Online interaction: Like most Xbox Live Arcade games, online multiplayer allows for un-moderated voice chat.

Game Details

  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • Release date: March 2, 2010
  • Genre: Real-Time Strategy (RTS)
  • ESRB rating: T for Alcohol and Tobacco References, Violence
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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