The Xbox store describes the game as a 3D first person escape game that incorporates elements of horror. Naturally my first thought was “Interesting, but is it scary?” I’ll answer that question in a bit. For now I’ll start by saying that like many other games these days, at the start you are given little clue as to what to do or how to do it. You just have to kind of figure it out.
An indie game from the ID@Xbox program developed by VIVA GAMES, Your Toy haunts your dreams, capturing you in a nightmarish trap from which you must escape. It is available at the modest price point of $14.99 US dollars. It comes with approximately 6 to 8 hours of total playtime on your first play through. Not too shabby considering what it costs to sit through a 2 hour movie these days. I’m going to try not to reveal too much here because this is supposed to be a review and not a walk through, so here it goes. At the start of the game you find yourself locked in a bathroom stall. Now you must look around in search of whatever clues and items that you can find. Some items can be used alone while others must be combined before you can use them for anything.
There are three areas of exploration altogether. Each one sets a different mood. Now, for a game that purports to have elements of horror, I have to admit that I was slightly disappointed in that most of the games scariest moments were used up at the start. It sets up a sense of dread pretty well but by the time you reach the end of the game it’s a bit of a let down in the horror department.
Some of the puzzles were quite tricky and had me scratching my head. I got to the point when I was clicking on anything and everything just to see if there was any interaction. Again I will not reveal anything or have spoilers because of the relatively short length of the game. I want to make sure you get your money’s worth. Sound design is a big plus here as all the sound effects in the game add to it’s creepiness.
The one enemy that you will face chases after you relentlessly, that is, once it eventually reveals itself. To escape you will have to correctly time your button presses in a QTE event. Three wrong presses and it’s back to the start menu. Trying to solve puzzles while simultaneously running away to escape can be a little tricky but after a few attempts it becomes almost second nature. So does Your Toy meet expectations? For puzzles? Yes. For fear factor? Maybe the first hour or two, although there is one good scare toward the end. That one actually got me twice. It’s pretty good for the price and it does come with 22 achievements to pad your gamerscore.
Outside of achievement hunting is there any replay value? Well, there are different puzzle solutions so one play through is different from the next but this doesn’t really change the overall experience. All in all, considering value per dollar, I would say Your Toy meets a modest 6.5 out of 10. It’s a mostly enjoyable, creepy experience marred only slightly by an annoyingly relentless, yet easy to escape enemy. I did find myself wishing for more however.
This game was tested and reviewed on Xbox One. All of the opinions and insights here are subject to that version.