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a game by Absolute
Genre: Action
Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis
Editor Rating: 5.8/10, based on 2 reviews
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 3 votes
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Toys is a one-player, 3/4 overhead-view action/adventure game that will keep you on your Toy toes. Based on the movie of the same name, this game will bring you as many laughs as Robin Williams.

Toys R Us

You play Leslie Zevo, son of the renowned toy maker Kenneth Zevo, who has just passed away. Before he died, Kenneth Zevo left his toy shop to his evil, warmongering brother, General Leland Zevo, who wants only to produce weapons disguised as war toys.

Your father did this to awaken in you, Leslie, a sense of responsibility. As it is, you're not quite ready to take over the huge task of running Zevo Toys, Inc. Dear old dad hoped that a showdown between good and evil would change you, and with the tough action in this game, it just might.

The object of the game is to clear each area of enemies, then attack each section's security camera with a squirt gun. To destroy the elephant camera, you have to shoot the elephant's eyes shut, then wet the camera lens. If you don't squirt the camera in time, it'll fire a laser at you, which costs you a life.


  • There's a refill box near every carousel in the first stage.
  • To take out the Jeeps send out the Race Cars. Take out the Helicopters and Pogo Jumpers with the Peanut Gun.

Toys Will Be Toys

To stop you, the General plans to send every evil toy in his arsenal. Although most of his toys look like harmless windups, they pack a deadly punch. You fight Grenade Balloons, Pogo Bears, and Exploding Elves, and that's just a partial list.

In different areas of the first three levels, you'll find the toys you'll need to defend against the General's barrage of baddies. You have your choice of wacky weapons: Race Cars, Windup Ducks, Bowling Balls, Custard Pies, Water Balloons, and more. Some are mere projectiles, while others actually chase down the enemy.

You can move Leslie in eight directions. Be careful, though, because sometimes toys don't go where you want them to. The frustrating, meticulous, and time-consuming game play isn't everyone's idea of fun. You'll get only five lives; no continues, and no passwords.

ProTip: Walk away when the Tanks come after you, but remember where their last position was. Launch a Bowling Ball in that direction, and then follow it. You can hit most Tanks off-screen.

Toying with You

The graphics in Toys are pretty sharp. You can see all the toys clearly, and their movements are not hampered by slowdown or flicker.

The music is okay, but a little repetitious. The sound effects make up for it, though. Every splat of the Water Balloons and every quack of the Windup Ducks is crisp and clean.

For side-to-side moving elephant cams, keep the water hose steady and you'll blink out both his eyes. When he stops, go for the lens.

Go Play with Toys

Toys is addictive fun, but it's very, very challenging. You may find this four-stage frustration fest a feast for your thumbs. Just don't let the Toys put YOU away.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.

Game Reviews

  • Manufacturer: Absolute
  • Machine: Genesis
  • Theme: Action
  • No. of Levels: 4

Bet you didn't think Toys could cause this much trouble? This new cart is 'Absolutely a toy!

Based on the recent movie of the same name, you are charged with saving your father's toy company from the clutches of your evil uncle. Surround yourself with some of the friendliest weapons you'll ever want to meet! Watch out for the security cameras; they will blast you with lasers from their eyes! Eeekk!

People say:


I absolutely hated the movie, so I was hoping this would be pretty good to make up for it. I was wrong. The graphics are adequate, but the goofy perspective (it's almost impossible to hit anything) and hokey attack weapons (love that peanut shooter) left much to be desired. The sound needs work, but the control is OK.


The movie was a snore and the game isn't the greatest either. It's a very repetitive game with no real fun and an unoriginal theme. The saving grace is the number of items to use and the very colorful graphics. The perspective is an eyesore and can be tough to hit enemies. With a bit more variety, it might have fared well.


Toys is a tough cart to make good, because the movie it's based on was mediocre at best. The graphics are OK and the game play is repetitive and uneventful. The different toy power-ups are a good idea but there's just not enough substance to hold this cart together. A bit faster than the SNES version.


The movie never made it big and neither does the game. The concept behind it is sound but the graphics and playability leave a lot to be desired. There is a good choice of toys to use but the repetitive targets make it boring to play. The perspective also adds to the disorientation and decreases playability.

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