“Signal Studios knows how to treat their fans to a great show!”
An XboxHornet review by WDesm.
Since its launch, Toy Soldiers has received heaps of praise for its addictive gameplay, creative environments, enthralling nostalgia and attention to detail, such as the always-fantastic loading screens straight out of the 50s. Three months after release, The Kaiser’s Battle emerged as a feature-full DLC, including a new army, new maps, and even a new boss. Well, another three months has passed since then, and what does Signal Studios have lined up for us?
Unfortunately, Invasion! is the last DLC that we will see for Toy Soldiers, and it is equal parts quality, nostalgia and fan-service, all while totally being worth the cost. If Toy Soldiers is recreating a long-lost childhood of military reenactments, then Invasion! is when you got bored of playing by the rules, and Godzilla trashes the British army (or in this case, we have a supersized “Toyzilla” destroying the German army). Using all of that old-timey charm that made the core game so endearing, exotic new units are introduced straight out of that same toy era.
Invasion! includes a slew of new characters, and while Sci-Fi plays a huge influence in the new units (including flying saucers, 50s spacemen, space tanks and the robot boss), there are also some twists in the mix, such as the antique firetruck, the P51 Mustang and the Chivalrous Knight. Sadly, only two of these units are usable – the space tank and the P51 plane – but you’ll have more than ample opportunity to run up against these forces across three new campaign stages, culminating in the boss fight, as well as 2 new multiplayer maps and a new survival map.
Much like you’d expect from Toy Soldiers, the levels are large, wonderfully rendered, and difficult for the unprepared to master. Invasion! doesn’t change the game play in any way, and simply adds more of a good thing, doing so with style and panache. If you liked any previous aspect of Toy Soldiers, you’ll simply love the fireworks finale that this DLC is for Toy Soldiers, but if you didn’t like the original game, this probably won’t make you a convert.
Game Score: 8/10.
Download the DLC here.