Generally favorable reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. Aug 22, 2011
    If you grew up in the 80s, playing with G.I. Joes, watching movies like Red Dawn and whistling the Top Gun theme, this is a fun trip back to your childhood. It's not as innovative as the first Toy Soldiers, but we can't think of a better way to end this season's Summer of Arcade.
  2. Aug 15, 2011
    While it may be lacking in raw content for some players, it more than makes up for it with layers of cooperative and competitive elements that make it one of the best strategy games on Xbox Live Arcade.
  3. 80
    Swooping through a virtual boy's room in a miniature jet while fighting a huge submarine is where this game topped for us. Rock solid and inexpensive entertainment for your Xbox 360.
  4. Sep 21, 2011
    It's fun, looks and sounds great, has loads of content, and integrates very well with your friends lists and the leaderboard system...It is, in a word, awesome.
  5. Sep 8, 2011
    If you're looking for a competitive tower defence/strategy hybrid game, Toy Soldiers: Cold War is tough to put down.
  6. Sep 6, 2011
    Cold War is a very challenging game with a nice atmosphere. The mini-games and the co-op add extra length but it would have been nicer to see a second campaign like in the first game. There's not as much improvement as we would have liked, but just enough additions have been made to make Cold War a respectable followup game.
  7. Sep 4, 2011
    This game is a vast improvement over the previous one, and is probably the best tower-defence game out there. It doesn't have much replay value, apart from the multiplayer, but it is a game I definitely recommend as an action or tower-defence game.
  8. Sep 3, 2011
    Toy Soldiers: Cold War will be the most fun you've had with your army men in years.
  9. Sep 1, 2011
    It's a fun experience while it lasts, even if that might not be as long as you'd like. Still, this is a marked improvement, and even as a kind of iteration, is a reminder of Signal Studios' potential.
  10. Aug 30, 2011
    The game hits on a lot of levels; it's challenging, full of charm, and genuinely fun. I just wish it wasn't over quite so soon.
  11. Aug 30, 2011
    Toy Soldiers: Cold War is a good conclusion of this years Summer of Arcade. The game play elements not only tieing well into each other but also being great fun by themselves is key to this. Whoever enjoyed the single player experience will volunteer for the Toy Soldiers army in the brilliant coop-mode.
  12. Aug 24, 2011
    These tiny war heroes have captured our hearts, interrogated them and found out that we love them.
  13. Aug 23, 2011
    I'm a history nerd splitting hairs about a game featuring toys blowing each other up at this point. Regardless, the two games together represent the best that the tower defense genre has to offer. I'm very interested to see where Signal takes this franchise next…as long as it's not World War II.
  14. Aug 22, 2011
    Signal Studios took what was already a great game and made it even better, and that's no easy thing.
  15. Aug 18, 2011
    The presentation is inspired, and the gameplay maintains a careful balance of strategic thinking and crazy action.
  16. Aug 18, 2011
    Toy Soldiers: Cold War is without doubt one of the best games you can purchase on XBL and is a truly great sequel to what was a fantastic game
  17. Aug 18, 2011
    Of all five Xbox LIVE Arcade games that were released for the Summer of Arcade promotion, if you could only get one of them, this is it. It's the most fun, offers the most value, and it's great to play with and against friends.
  18. Aug 18, 2011
    Incredibly fun. The best tower defense game on Xbox Live.
  19. Aug 18, 2011
    Toy Soldiers Cold War is a fantastic title.
  20. Aug 18, 2011
    Toy Soldiers marshals no small amount of personality and polish, and the thoughtful and detailed presentation never misses its mark as it lampoons and celebrates its goofy what-if 80's scenario.
  21. Aug 17, 2011
    Whether you loved the first game or you're looking for something new, Cold War is a great place to jump in to experience one of the best tower defense variations on the market.
  22. Aug 17, 2011
    The sheer bulk of things to do in Cold War does a good job of offsetting a core campaign that's merely pretty decent, and the overall presentation of the package, wailing guitar solos and all, make it a game that tower defense fans ought to feel good about playing.
  23. Aug 17, 2011
    An excellently crafted game that goes above and beyond all expectations for an indie downloadable title. The action feels tight, it's bursting with content, the graphics and sound are impressive.
  24. Aug 16, 2011
    If you buy just one tower defense game this year, well, knock yourself out. But if you want a really good action game with some tower defense, some great scoring challenges, some wonderful multiplayer support, some great graphics, and a wonderful sense of humor, you can't go wrong with Toy Soldiers: Cold War.
  25. Aug 16, 2011
    If you were even a little bit entertained by the first game, you will absolutely love Cold War. It has the gameplay you loved, but now with enhanced multiplayer and lots of extra modes, it really does add to the original and is well worth the 1200msp asking price.
  26. Aug 15, 2011
    Even if you're not particularly a fan of tower defense games like me, simply controlling your units, getting combos, and using the special barrage weapons will win you over.
  27. Aug 15, 2011
    Toy Soldiers: Cold War isn't out to change any paradigms. It's a game through and through, a game based on perhaps the oldest boyhood pastime there is. I'd never dream of recommending it over real toys and childhood imagination but, for the adults who want to remember – and maybe share some of that 80s magic with their own kids – it definitely fits the bill.
  28. Aug 15, 2011
    Toy Soldiers offers enough from a gameplay perspective to justify its asking price, but its GI Joe-meets-Red Dawn setting is what makes the game truly fun to play.
  29. Aug 15, 2011
    An action-packed tower defense game that improves upon its predecessor at almost every opportunity.
  30. Aug 15, 2011
    Nails the 80's toy aesthetic while blending great strategy and action gameplay under one democratic roof. While there may be camera problems, the thrill of the fight is too great to deny in this living toy box.
  31. 75
    Improves on the first game in almost every way.
  32. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Nov 14, 2011
    The game we always knew it wanted to be. [Issue#77, p.103]
  33. Games Master UK
    Oct 23, 2011
    A decent action/strategy game. [Dec 2011, p.87]
  34. Sep 30, 2011
    A bit short, but a nice combination of action and strategy.
  35. Sep 9, 2011
    Don't let the playful title fool you. Toy Soldiers Cold War can stand its ground between the big wargames. You'll find plenty of action, a challenge and basically a game that will appeal to a lot of gamers.
  36. CD-Action
    Aug 31, 2011
    A tower defense type of game with some action elements – it allows you to actively participate in battles as a unit of your choice. Works best in multiplayer. Fun! [September 2011, p.75]
  37. Aug 30, 2011
    Yet another excellent title for Xbox Live Arcade, that although it is not very innovative in comparison with the original, it improves upon it in almost every aspect.
  38. Aug 29, 2011
    However, Toy Soldiers: Cold War easily shrugs off these complaints and will force a grin onto the mug of even the most sceptical player for the duration of its campaign. There is not a lot of offer beyond that, but for twenty bucks it'll fulfil your hankering for both action and '80s nostalgia with winking enthusiasm.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 123 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 123
  1. Aug 17, 2011
    My favorite arcade game now, theres everything u could hope for,split screen coop,versus mode,score challenges,minigames, survival mode and ofMy favorite arcade game now, theres everything u could hope for,split screen coop,versus mode,score challenges,minigames, survival mode and of course the campaign,and the fact that u can take direct control over your turrets,i really liked the first toy soldiers game as well but this one is a lot better., with the barrages and everything. Buy it if ur looking for an awesome arcade game that has it all. the only thing i could have hoped for would have been zombies,cus zombies make everything better ;) Full Review »
  2. Sep 5, 2011
    This game is amazing! Don't believe the low user score. I didn't play the first toy soldiers, as It was only 1 player locally, so when U heardThis game is amazing! Don't believe the low user score. I didn't play the first toy soldiers, as It was only 1 player locally, so when U heard the next game was going to be splitscreen I was excited. I waited for this game to be released from when it was first announced, and having played it doesn't dissapoint. I think any one who likes strategy games should purchase this game, especially if you want to play cooperatively online or off. Full Review »
  3. Aug 18, 2011
    Why is it only the $15 Arcade titles who are properly tackling the
    long-neglected action/RTS hybrid? First there was the original Toy
    Why is it only the $15 Arcade titles who are properly tackling the
    long-neglected action/RTS hybrid? First there was the original Toy
    Soldiers, then there was the excellent Trenched, and now we have
    probably the best modern attempt yet in Toy Soldiers: Cold War --
    while all the while, the big end of town continues to churn out
    uber-conservative RTSes and mindless shooters without seeing how one
    genre might make up for the limitations of the other. Toy Soldiers: Cold War improves on its predecessor in almost every
    way, despite being a little thinner on campaign content. Improved
    graphics, an excellent selection of game modes (including a very
    robust VS. mode), and a wide variety of units with pretty finely
    balanced strengths and weaknesses are just a few of the things that
    this sequel brings to the table. It doesn't quite rise to the level of
    complexity of the great late 90s PC game, Battlezone, but then no game

    On that note, I hope that Signal Studios do well enough out of this
    game to perhaps follow it up with a retail release sequel. With a
    bigger budget, and higher profit expectations, I think that these
    developers could equal or surpass the lofty heights reached by the
    aforementioned Battlezone. Until then, they have treated fans of the
    RTS/action and tower defence genres to a truly great game.
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