Though I wanted more physics based puzzles, Toby’s overall set of trials is a solid fare. Again, you have your sort of “industry standards” like box stacking, weight balancing, and key finding. Aside from those were a feature that really impressed me. There are several true puzzles throughout the games, so to speak. These are done on a pop up screen, indicating that Toby himself is performing these puzzles. Some were mazes that you had to swap pieces out until you got the right path, while the other was a lock that you had to find the right combination for. These puzzles really shined and were a key part to my wholly positive experience while playing. Each was unique, diverse, and paced well between each other. I love that the developers found a feature that they could truly branch out with, because it really succeeds.
Toby the Secret Mine is an excellent puzzle platformer. It takes cues from its inspirations and capitalizes on them in its own ways. Its casual approach makes it appealing on a broader spectrum, and its overall pacing and length work perfectly for the genre. The ending actually will surprise many. Where other games like it have failed to conclude things in a narrative sense, Toby pulled the rug out from under my feet with an ending I would not have expected. There is really nothing bad to say about this game. If you are a fan of the genre, there is no excuse not to give it a go.
*Note: A copy of the game was provided for the purposes of the review
Final Score: 8.5/10
+Vibrant Color Scheme
+Non Traditional Puzzles