Blast from the Past: Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue (PS1)
Andy, a boy who has no knowledge that when he goes to sleep at night or when he is away from home, his Toys come to life! Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue is based on the second Toy Story movie from Disney Pixar where the toys, with Buzz Lightyear as the heroic space ranger leader, have to embark on a rescue mission to save the infamous cowboy Woody. Woody is stolen by a collector or rather sculper who has Woody repaired and polished returning him to mint condition so that he may sell him off to an actual collector willing to pay top dollar for him.
The game starts off with Buzz in Andy’s room. Buzz is equipped with his trusty arm laser, wings that flip open to allow Buzz to double jump and perform a spin attack. The game truly makes you feel like a kid again. combining catchy music, good platforming and environments that are so well built that you can’t help but feel like you’re playing in your backyard again with your action figures. Just like the movie, the scale of everything is well done. Making an ordinary staircase feel like a mountain slope, or a tree in the back yard feel like a skyscraper building that reaches into the skyline.
Each level offers players similar objectives with the same goal to collect Pizza Planet Tokens. Players will have to venture through each level completing a series of tasks such as collecting fifty gold coins, retrieving five missing characters or objects, defeating a mini boss and racing another character such as the RC car. The reward of course is a Pizza Planet Token, which is used in later stages of the game. An intriguing aspect is that once you collect a single token in early levels you will be given the option to exit the level, thus allowing you to move on to the next level and come back to complete the level and acquire all five tokens at a later stage. Some levels like the backyard actually expect players to do this as the rocket boots cannot be unlocked immediately, which is needed to race and win against RC.
There is a wide variety of enemies that are easily dispatched with a few hits from your laser or a power charged shot that takes care of them with one hit. Boss battles also aren’t too challenging just make sure your platforming skills and timing skills are on par and you’ll almost always gain victory without losing a life. The difficulty unfortunately isn’t high up there, and majority of the time you’ll struggle more with the platforming and camera angles rather than taking out a boss.
Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue is a colourful fun platforming treasure with few faults in my eyes. After playing this in over 10 years I had quite a bit of fun with it. Although the game does have animated cut-scenes taken directly from the movie it still misses a lot of the plot that you’ll only gain from watching the actual movie. The 3D platforming however and simple puzzles make up for this, combined with good level design that never let you forget that you’re actually playing as a toy. Include some catchy music and this title is a must play for kids, adults and all Disney Pixar fans.