Those old enough to remember back to 1989, may recall Toki from the arcade scene, and some thirty years later, he’s finally made his return in the self-titled remake for Xbox One. Will you be swinging over to have a gander at this newest version of the 2D action-platformer that aims to cater for old and new gamers alike?
In Toki Juju Densetsu, the titular hero is nothing more than a peaceful warrior to begin with, until the terrifying voodoo sorcerer Vookimedlo and heinous demon Bashtar kidnap the love of his life, Miho. To make matters worse, Toki gets turned into a chimpanzee and must now navigate the jungle as an ape. He must get used to the new form swiftly, especially as he’s deprived of his traditional weapons for the adventure ahead. Fortunately he possesses a powerful jaw to spit strange projectiles at his enemies and will find objects that will further help him complete his quest; from a football helmet to a pair of flippers and a snorkel.
Whether you’ve attempted to save Miho in the original or not, this new version of Toki has been completely re-drawn and the orchestral additions have been re-done to ensure a fresh experience. There’s also a speedrun mode that’s available right at the very start for those who wish to test themselves, whilst a selection of graphic filters are on hand as well to add a more retro feel to proceedings if necessary.
Want to get involved in Toki Juju Densetsuon Xbox One? Simply head on over to the Xbox Store, where you’ll be able to buy it for £16.74 – it’s also out on PlayStation 4 and PC/Mac, so check out the respective stores for those if needed. We’ll have a bit of a review live for you soon too and that should tell you whether or not the return of the wacky monkey is a welcome one.
The return of the wacky monkey! Toki Juju Densetsu sets off on a new adventure! The cult action/platform game originally released on arcade machines in 1989 is back with a super-simian new version, featuring all-new hand-drawn graphics and re-orchestrated music! Toki Juju Densetsu the warrior lived peacefully in the jungle with his sweetheart Miho. Appearing out of nowhere, the terrifying voodoo sorcerer Vookimedlo and heinous demon Bashtar kidnap Miho and turn the poor Toki Juju Densetsu into a chimpanzee! Unfortunately for his sweetheart, he has become a hairy, lethargic ape… Rediscover Toki Juju Densetsu 30 years on: Playing as Toki Juju Densetsu, explore lush environments invaded by foul creatures! The Labyrinth, Neptune Lake, the Cave of Fire, the Ice Palace, the Jungle of Darkness and the Golden Palace are infested with Vookimedlo’s lackeys. Saving Miho won’t be easy! These despicable and terrifying beings have friendly names like Boloragog, Rambacha, Mogulvar, Zorzamoth and Bashtar… And if Toki Juju Densetsu’s looks are anything to go by it will be no walk in the park! You’ll have to make the best of it to succeed. Luckily, Toki Juju Densetsu can walk, jump, swim, climb and spit! That’s right, he uses his saliva to great effect to dispose of his enemies… Rise to the legendary difficulty of the Golden Age of video games: “Insert coin”… Remember spending all your hard-earned pocket on the arcade machines to complete your favorite games? Now you can enjoy the same challenging gameplay without breaking the piggy bank. Put your name at the top of the high score table! Rookie players can also enjoy the game with a new easier mode. A masterfully made remake: The game has been entirely redrawn by hand by Philippe Dessoly, illustrator of well-known manga cartoons, such as Captain Harlock and UFO Robot Grendizer, comics and video games. He also worked on the Amiga version of Toki Juju Densetsu back in 1991 and the game Mr. Nutz in 1992. His drawings have further improved Toki Juju Densetsu’s apish good looks. The music has been fully re-orchestrated by composer Raphaël Gesqua, providing a retro and modern soundtrack for Toki Juju Densetsu’s adventure. This award-winning composer has created the music for more than one hundred video games. On the technical side, developer Pierre Adane has worked tirelessly to bring this thrilling experience to life. He also worked on Mr. Nutz (1992) and created the tennis game Top Spin (2003).