Mixing Tower Defense, third person action, and beloved '80s toys should've been a recipe for success, but this bland sequel doesn't do justice to any of its ideas.
Toy Soldiers: War Chest is a fun tower defense game marred by paywalls and glitches.
It's more Toy Soldiers, which is cool. So, by default, this is cool, too.
I have problems with the way Toy Soldiers: War Chest is packaged, but thankfully it does uphold the same classic focus on strategy and action. You'll have to foot the bill for those costly licenses, but it's mostly worth it, warts and all.
The variety in game modes doesn't quite make up for the lack of heroes, but Toy Soldiers: War Chest provides some quality entertainment for tower defense aficionados. Even those who typically avoid the genre might appreciate the ability to control turrets and heroes.
Toy Soldiers: War Chest brings its unique brand of tower defense to the new generation, and though there are some wrinkles caused by slight performance issues and questionable DLC practices, this is more of the same classic Toy Soldiers gameplay. There's a lot to enjoy here in a well-rounded package, with plenty of replay value thanks to the range of different heroes, collectibles and high-scores to aim for, as well as the online and offline multiplayer options.
Indeed, Toy Soldiers: War Chest does a very good job of mimicking the godlike feeling that drives kids to wage huge wars on basement battlefields – all the more so because of the game's full embrace of its toy motif.
Toy Soldiers: War Chest could've been a great followup to Cold War, but technical issues and questionable DLC practices hold it back from reaching its full potential.
[S]ome game mechanic issues and maxing out your armies, coupled with an undercover pay-to-play issue, keeps it from being a great investment. Regardless, if you're old enough to remember playing with the toys found in this game, or you just want a good tower defense game to play, this is definitely one to check out!
Toy Soldiers: War Chest is a good game marred by some questionable business practices.
An entertainingly substantial, if simplistic take on tower defence warfare, Toy Soldiers War Chest's thrills are prominent, yet a little dulled by some technical issues and a needlessly greedy pricing model.
So close, yet so far. Toy Soldiers: War Chest is an anti-climatic bundle of stale tactics, drawn-out missions, and taped-on microtransactions. It's a wonderful idea in theory that's just not developed enough or presented appealingly.
War Chest is an incredible disappointment given the strength of the series to this point, and the exciting licences within.
Toy Soldiers: War Chest is a delightful take on tower defense
While War Chest could've used better matchmaking with player match-ups and a little more variety with battle missions, it's still a fun trip through kiddie nostalgia, especially if you double down on the Hall of Fame Edition and pit G.I. Joe against He-Man. I mean, who doesn't want to see that battle happen?!
Toy Soldiers: War Chest is a very disappointing follow-up to two of the best downloadable Xbox 360 games out there. Not only does it run poorly, but it's cheap, convoluted and out for your wallet with unnecessary microtransactions. It's a shame, too, because good things are overshadowed by all of the bad.
Toy Soldiers: War Chest is a refreshingly simple 3D tower defense game. It blends the strategy of building and upgrading your units with action-packed third-person shooting, and the result is unadulterated mayhem with a lot of visual charm.
It's not just the online mode: from play to unlock design, I did not have a good time with Toy Soldiers: War Chest. This anecdote might sum it up best: a friend back from a long trip watched me play a single mission. We sat in silence through interminable wave after wave, and about halfway through the hour-long mission he blurted out "why are you even playing this?" I didn't have a good answer.
Overall, Toy Soldiers: War Chest isn't a bad game by any stretch of the imagination, it's just probably not worth adding to your collection.
As a franchise, it seems to have lost its way.