Toy Story: The Video Game (also known as simply Toy Story) is a video game based on the Pixar movie Toy Story. The game was first released on December 1995 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in the US, with the Sega Genesis version being released in April 1996. A Game Boy and PC version was also released.
Each version was different from the other, either in the number of levels, graphical differences, or music and sound.
The game remains thematically true to the movie. Woody, a pull-string cowboy doll, is a little boy's favorite toy until he gets an electronic talking Buzz Lightyear with arm-mounted laser and karate-chop action for his birthday. Under the bed goes Woody and so starts a rivalry between the loyal cowboy and his egotistical, somewhat delusional nemesis that lasts the whole movie and the whole game. Each level, with the exception of the Buzz Nightmare level (which is based on a deleted scene), depicts a scene from the movie.
The player controls main character Woody through 18 unique levels (17 in SNES and Windows version, and 10 in the Game Boy). The style of levels differ throughout the game. Apart from typical platforming levels, there are two levels (A Buzz Clip and Light My Fire) where the player has to control RC from an aerial view, and he has to make it to the end of the level before his batteries deplete, but he can collect power cells to restore his energy. There's also another RC level (Day-Toy-Na) that takes place in a 3D environment. Another 3D-like level (Really Inside the Claw Machine, in the style of another game, Doom) involves Woody traveling through the vents of a claw machine rescuing Squeeze Toy Aliens, ultimately before time runs out. Woody's main weapon of the game is his pull string, which he can use it to tie up enemies, hit things, as well as swing across gaps with hooks.
Items in the Game
While exploring the breathtaking levels of the game, there were also special items for Woody to obtain or help him in the game, these were as follows:
- Woody's Hat: Gives you an extra life.
- Gold Star: Woody's life gauge has five stars, each time he's hit, he would lose one. If he collects a Gold Star, it would give him back some health. The more he got, the more his health is restored.
- Tin Stars: There are fifty of them in each level, some scattered around the levels while others were obtained by hitting objects or attacking the boss. Collecting all of them at the end gave Woody another Hat, less than fifty gave you a Gold Star. They are also added to a main total which if you had 150 or more you would get a continue. However if you had 200 stars or more, the player could try a special bonus game called "Shooting Stars" to gain more health stars.
- Flag Post: Every time you pass a post, a flag with Woody's Hat appears as a Checkpoint, marking your place in that particular level. If you lost a life, you went back to the last Flag Pole you touched and was able to continue it from there. They sometimes even drop Gold Stars if you needed them.
It was first released on December 1995 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, April 1996 for the Sega Mega Drive/Sega Genesis, May 1996 Game Boy, and October 31, 1996 for the PC in the US. It was advertised in a couple Toy Story TV spots, and even got its own advertisements on the VHS's for Toy Story and The Big Green (both used the Sega Genesis versions for gameplay footage).
|Level||Sega Mega Drive/Genesis||Super Nintendo||Microsoft Windows||Game Boy|
|That Old Army Game|
|Revenge of the Toys|
|Run Rex, Run!|
|Food and Drink|
|Inside the Claw Machine|
|Really Inside the Claw Machine|
|Battle of the Mutant Toys|
|Light My Fire|
Characters in the Game
- Buzz Lightyear
- Mr. Potato Head
- Etch A Sketch
- Snake 1 2
- RC Car
- Rocky Gibraltar
- Green Army Men
- Roly Poly Clown
- Squeeze Toy Aliens 2
- Sid Phillips
- Scud 2
- Babyface 2
- Legs 2
- Roller Bob 2
1 Doesn't appear in the Super Nintendo version
2 Doesn't appear in the Game Boy version
1 2 Only appears in the Genesis version
- Each console release features a different version of the game; the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive release is the only one to contain all 18 levels.
- In addition, each release features a unique artwork, with the exception of the Game Boy version, which reuses the Sega Genesis artwork.
- The PC version is not compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, and upwards.
- An unofficial 8-bit version of the game was made for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1997, which is notorious for its typos (particularly due to being made by a foreign developer).