Parents' Guide to

Toy Soldiers: War Chest

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Flawed strategic shooter with toys has tech, play issues.

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Though it has some interesting ideas, this strategic shooter is far too simple when it comes to its action and strategy, and it has a bit of an identity crisis. As a strategy game, you're seriously limited as to where you can place your stationary guns, with only a handful of options as to what kind you can build, and you don't have much in the way of upgrades either. It also doesn't help that the enemies take the same path every single time, which is why this is hardly as deep or involved as, say, Plants Vs. Zombies. As for those moments when you get to be a "hero" and this becomes a third-person shooter, the game suffers from awkward controls that make it far less engaging than, say, Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. There also are a lot of technical problems that will frustrate gamers, such as how the game takes forever to load or how it's impossible to see the thin white cursor when fighting on certain battlefields. But the real issue is that the game is too childish for teens and too mature for kids. Though younger gamers would love to play a game where toys come to life, all the shooting makes it inappropriate for small kids and more so for teens, who likely won't want to play a game with toys. Which basically means this is for adults who'll maybe appreciate this ironically.

Game Details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 4 , Windows , Xbox One
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: UbiSoft
  • Release date: August 18, 2015
  • Genre: Strategy
  • Topics: Adventures
  • ESRB rating: T for Tobacco Reference, Violence
  • Last updated: September 10, 2021

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