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I have always been a big fan of the original Toki arcade game. Although really obscure, I think Toki features an incredibly unique and elaborate level design for a game of its genre, and era. Each stage comes with its own set of rules - some have middle-bosses, others get Toki to swim underwater, whereas others get him to ride a past-paced roller coaster. And, I must say, this Famicom conversion is incredibly faithful to the original arcade game. Obviously the graphics have taken a hit (sprites are smaller and fairly flat in general), but otherwise, the gameplay and controls are surprisingly perfect and accurate. Some game elements have been omitted here and there, but they remain extremely rare occurrences and most of the arcade game is there, including the catchy soundtrack. All in all, Juju Densetsu is a great and excellent adaptation, and I highly recommend it !
Every aspect of Toki feels right. Insane boss designs aside, Toki isn’t a game that draws much attention to itself, but it’s one you shouldn’t oog-nore.
The amount of unfortunate ﬂicker in the sprites shows
that the game was a bit overambitious graphically, but it’s pretty
easy to forgive when apes in football helmets are on screen.
The bosses are not particularly hard in this game, both because they don’t take too many hits to defeat and because they don’t flash between hits so you can hit them many times in a row. Then again, by the standards of the day, the levels were not too hard either. To make matters worse, the levels are riddled with checkpoints, and, even when you continue, you continue from the last checkpoint you reached, although if you received any lifebar-increasing items, they don’t carry through the continue. Because of that, what is already a short, six-level game is made even easier to beat, but that doesn’t prevent this game from being fun to play through once in a while. I recommend you try to get it if you can get it fairly inexpensively.
This arcade game adaptation follows the story of it's predecessor step by step.