Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. 83
    Toy Soldiers smartly sticks to its roots, paying homage to the genre that defines it. But it also manages to strike out on its own with clever ideas that other tower defense titles could learn a lesson from. The old-fashioned charm melded with action elements makes a unique experience worth the time of any strategic masters, action aficionados, or history buffs.
  2. No doubt. It's the best tower defense game on XBLA.
  3. I always appreciate it when a game that touches on some cultural commentary, whether it's obvious or not. And given how entertaining it is to "play war" in the setting provided here (and believe me, it is) is proof that sometimes violence isn't as much about what is shown-in a game as much as anything else-but what isn't.
  4. Overall, Toy Soldiers is a fantastic effort at making war games more appealing to the masses.
  5. With the game sporting high production values and an encouraging learning curve, it’s easy to recommend Toy Soldiers.
  6. Toy Soldiers is a great tower defense game for fans of the genre, and a pretty solid experience even for those who normally don't like such titles. Well worth checking out and could easily provide a day's distraction at the very least, with potential to become addictive for those who just love watching plastic army men burn.
  7. A true gem. One of the best downloadable games of 2010.
  8. After Plants Vs Zombie, Toy Soldier is one of the most intriguing Tower Defence of this generation.
  9. Toy Soldiers is a great entry in the 'Tower Defense' genre.
  10. It’s a great downloadable title, packed with hours of fun in a setting unlike anything else out there.
  11. I had tons of fun blowing up or burning down poor enemy troops, and if Toy Soldiers is any indication, the tower defense genre still has a little bit of life left in it and plenty of room for innovation.
  12. In my mind, it seemed as though the tower defense genre rose, peaked and declined, all within a couple of short years. Then, along came Toy Soldiers.
  13. A wonderful Tower Defense concept in a disappointing package. There's a lot of strategic potential here, but the levels often end when you are getting the grip on things.
  14. As with many great games, Toy Soldiers takes a minute to learn, and a lifetime to master. The intensity on the battlefield is really addictive.
  15. All in all, it feels like the beginning of what might be a fantastic franchise.
  16. This beautifully presented WWI-themed tower defense game will have you coming back again and again.
  17. If not for the ability to man the gas guns or anti-air cannons yourself, Toy Soldiers would merely be another enjoyable, but just satisfactory, addition to a stagnating genre we admittedly can’t get enough of. Because of its innovation, however, and because it works as well as most shooters with similar ideas, Toy Soldiers easily earns its worth.
  18. Toy Soldiers is the best tower defense game on the Xbox Live Arcade.
  19. Another one of the game's strengths lies in its presentation. Everything looks good! And not just for an XBLA title, but by any standard.
  20. Overall this is a really fun game.
  21. Toy Soldiers is a must-have for every true Tower Defense fan and since it lets you steer the units yourself you’ll never get bored. Multiplayer and already announced downloadable content will hopefully keep us busy for quite a while.
  22. 80
    Watching plastic enemy soldiers explode into bits and be launched hundreds of feet into the air as a result of your cannon fire is quite satisfying.
  23. 80
    Toy Soldiers is a unique game no matter what way it is sliced.
  24. World War I has never been so much fun in this successful mix of Tower Defence and shoot 'em-up action.
  25. The interactive 3rd person feature and the well executed 'toy soldiers' setting really propels this title forward to the top spots of Xbox Live Arcade gaming.
  26. Toy Soldiers is a really recommended XBLA game, both for those who love action and strategic games. It has some technical issues, but it's overall worth the 1200 MP requested to buy.
  27. 60
    Toy Soldiers just tries too hard to be different, in the end.
  28. 90
    An essential purchase for any Tower Defense fan or anyone who just likes good games. It has that "Crimson Skies" feel, eloquently executing a combination of presentation and gameplay that outweighs the sum of its parts.
  29. But casual strategy fans will enjoy dispatching waves of cavalry, artillery, and airplanes in head-to-head online multiplayer matches. Just be prepared to take a few beatings while you find your footing.
  30. Despite a few minor complaints, Toy Soldiers is a tower defense game well worth checking out, on Xbox LIVE Arcade right now.
  31. The mix of strategy and survival shooter works surprisingly well, some niggling flaws however stop this XBLA title living up to its full potential.
  32. This XBLA game signals a shift into something more hardcore video gamers could get behind: an action game that requires an itchy trigger finger to complement an itchy brain. With some exciting shooter action, solid strategy gameplay and a uniquely satisfying art style for the overall presentation, Toy Soldiers is proof of what XBLA was meant to do: bring us casual games in a hardcore games package.
  33. The world may still be waiting for the perfect gritty World War 1 game, but Toy Soldiers is a rollickingly entertaining game, superbly produced and definitely one of the high points of the XBLA releases seen so far this year.
  34. 85
    Renewing the old tower defense formula and adding first-person action, the game results in a very fun experience, both single-player and online.
  35. The strategy is in depth, the shooting is solid, and the combined blend of the two is executed with charm and finesse.
  36. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Deliciously tactical and exciting, with a sombre mood akin to the ever-wonderful Blackadder Goes Forth. [Issue#58, p.104]
  37. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    Not as smart as Defence Grid but more fun, this is brains, brawn and great big balls for ten pounds. [June 2010, p.121]
  38. The breadth and depth of this title is outstanding. To have it offered as a 1200 point Xbox Live Arcade title is stellar.
  39. 80
    Toy Soldiers is a good start for Signal Studios. The game is accessible and looks good. If you have enough patience and a strategic view, then this is a must have for you!
  40. 80
    Toy Soldiers is a nice introduction to the Block Party, and a game that should entice fans of the genre. If you are worn out on tower defense this game will certainly not pull you back in, but for those still digging it, this is one of the best on the service.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 99 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 83 out of 99
  2. Negative: 8 out of 99
  1. Jun 30, 2013
    Entertaining game, albeit somewhat short. A mixture of tower defense, strategy and vehicle action (you can't control any troops). I love theEntertaining game, albeit somewhat short. A mixture of tower defense, strategy and vehicle action (you can't control any troops). I love the World War 1 theme as it's hardly ever done in games. Fun game on easier difficulty, it gets very difficult as you ratchet up the degree of difficulty. Right now it is 400 points on XBOX live, great value. Full Review »
  2. May 13, 2012
    Now it's only 800 msp. Easily worth it if you're looking for a different experience set in a different era. Game captures the feel of theNow it's only 800 msp. Easily worth it if you're looking for a different experience set in a different era. Game captures the feel of the era with it's unique art style and music. That coupled with this not being a generic experience which you find with most games makes it a no brainer. If you're tired of the same here you go....going to be checking out Cold war later. Full Review »
  3. Sep 19, 2011
    who could actually say no to this game because they are literally like your own toys :) but I wished they made it some of it a tiny bitwho could actually say no to this game because they are literally like your own toys :) but I wished they made it some of it a tiny bit easier. why not have a game of it, it will make you happy Full Review »