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  1. Dec 3, 2017
    80
    Your Toy is a great indie horror experience that expertly fuses engaging, creative and tough puzzle design with a chilling, ambitious story and unnerving horror gameplay. Despite some sections where the game suffers from the obscurity and complexity of some of the puzzles, Your Toy overall is an excellent title that's definitely worth picking up if you're brave enough to go toe-to-toe with a homicidal teddy bear.
  2. Dec 16, 2017
    65
    It’s a mostly enjoyable, creepy experience marred only slightly by an annoyingly relentless, yet easy to escape enemy. I did find myself wishing for more however.
  3. Nov 23, 2017
    60
    Your Toy is a game that I’ve enjoyed a lot. It’s a puzzle/escape room title that is fairy short and delivers nothing original in the story department, but it all works well enough for a couple of hours enjoyment.
  4. Nov 28, 2017
    50
    Woefully short and terribly unpolished is what Your Toy is then, but it shouldn’t stop you from checking it out if you want to test what’s between your ears under stressful conditions.
  5. Nov 20, 2017
    20
    In the end, the game failed to deliver not only what I was expecting, but what it was advertising from the beginning. With a game that classifies as horror, I’m really surprised that it didn’t do what most Hollywood movies do and throw in a bunch of jump scares. The only real delivery came from the very beginning of the game and after that, it fell far shorter than I was expecting. If you have money to burn and are looking for an escape room game to play, I still wouldn’t recommend Your Toy especially when there are plenty of other fantastic games of the same type on Xbox One for relatively the same price or only a few dollars more that would meet and even exceed the expectations of the player.
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  1. Jan 3, 2018
    6
    Your Toy classes itself as a horror game but I wouldn’t call it that, instead I would call it more of a puzzle game with a creepy atmosphereYour Toy classes itself as a horror game but I wouldn’t call it that, instead I would call it more of a puzzle game with a creepy atmosphere that goes along with it. It’s not a bad game but it’s not a memorable game either, I will say though that it can provide you with some enjoyable moments from time to time. The game’s puzzles are very cleverly designed and you get a great sense of fulfilment when completing certain puzzles. You will though get stuck quite a lot and this did frustrate me from time to time, so if you don’t like puzzles that take a while to figure out then it’s probably best to give this game a miss. The bathroom scene in my opinion is the best thing about the game, and I wish the game would have stayed like this throughout. Unfortunately it doesn’t and in the end the game ends up dragging, which is a shame. Whilst this game may not have a lot of horror scenes going for it, it does have a few scares every now and then which keeps you on your toes. The boss battles though are not scary at all and I must admit that I was expecting a lot more here because everything about the boss battles is completely forgettable, and the worst thing is that there is no challenge at all. The presentation side of the game is something I really liked, especially when it came to the sound design. Visually the game is pretty basic, but the sound design is fantastic and it really makes the game deliver an immersive and creepy atmosphere. At the end of the day not everybody is going to like Your Toy, and those people that are sitting on the fence will be probably put off by the price of the game which is understandable because there isn’t enough content to justify its price tag. I will say though that the game isn’t bad and it does provide you with some unique puzzles in unique settings from time to time. As it stands now it doesn’t get a full recommendation from me because of the price, but when it goes down in price it may be worth a purchase. Expand
  2. Nov 27, 2017
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. As a kid who grew up in a small Midwestern town with little to do, I have a great deal of experience with blowing up my old (or my little brother’s new) toys with fireworks and other means of destruction. But what if those toys were living beings with feelings? What if one day, they had enough and decided to fight back? That’s the nightmare world Your Toy puts us in.

    The journey into madness begins in a locked bathroom stall, which gives the player a true sense of dread. Left alone in the small area with a couple of seemingly useless items and my own wits, it was a truly disturbing way to start the game, and I will admit, playing it alone in the dark did initially give me goosebumps. After exploring the tiny area, I was able to find a cell phone and a toilet paper roll with a set of numbers jotted down on it. After a failed attempt at dialing 911 (don’t judge, you know you’d do the same thing), I was able to figure out the first puzzle the game offered. In a similar fashion to the recent Layers of Fear or a toned down version of Silent Hill, the surroundings began to morph and change before my eyes.

    After escaping the claustrophobia inducing stall, you’ll be free to explore the rest of the bathroom. Aside from some strange looking toilets, it is well rendered and on par with other recent horror offerings this console generation. You’ll wander about the small area collecting more items, some of which require you to zoom into a specific area using the right trigger and then follow quick time event style prompts. This is where the big issue with the game comes in; most of the things you can interact with simply pop a prompt on the screen while others require you to zoom. This is not explained whatsoever and will cause most players to seek out a guide, as I ended up doing.

    After completing a number of steps that are extremely complex, as well as occasionally randomized, you will meet the antagonist of the game, a walking teddy bear who appears to have been split in two up the middle and then partially stitched back together. With iron maiden-ish spikes protruding out of the stuffing, it is a mildly horrific sight until he… hugs you. Yes, hugs you, which starts an awful quick time event, which will be repeated each time he catches you. If you fail, you’ll be given a few additional attempts to escape. Complete and utter failure results in being kicked back to the main menu. The game does have a checkpoint system, which is usually fair, but in some instances you’ll have to repeat a few of the puzzles which can become tiresome. Ted (how I’m going to refer to the bear) does have a limited number of attacks, so evading him is pretty easy in most of the game’s three sections, unless you are fumbling with the mediocre inventory system.

    While the game does control well outside of the quick time events, the inventory system is very sluggish. In the segments where you are being pursued it can cause a bit of a headache. This is the most prevalent during the second segment of the game, where you are wandering through a large maze area set in a dark cave. Ted will pursue you throughout this segment, which again, is randomized, and will require you to use a hammer to smash lights. Luckily, your criminally underused cell phone does come equipped with a flash light. This will be its main function outside of receiving a few (not nearly enough) ominous calls or texts. These are the main cause of horror after Ted becomes less of a threat.

    As far as the puzzles go, Your Toy delivers a number of challenging puzzles, but its lack of direction or a hint system will cause many players to be frustrated. Sadly, the horror aspects fail on most levels once the initial sense of dread wears off, leaving you with a short game that can be completed within 30 minutes if you’re super smart or use a guide. Lacking any real replay value, I would only recommend this title if you are looking for a real challenge of your wits.
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