Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and who knew it could make the basis for a game? Toast Time is a retro inspired arena shooter that pits you as a toaster trying to blast away enemies before they reach your timer. Each level is a fast paced assault where the entirety of the level is seen on a single screen. Your toaster shoots toast at the enemies, and each shot propels the toaster in the opposite direction allowing it to bounce around the screen. The action is controlled by simply tapping where you want to fire, allowing for pure simplicity even with the relatively kooky nature of the game.
Toast Time features 45 levels with each one lasting under a minute as you aim for a three star score. You can build up combos by consecutively nailing enemies with toast, while dealing with ever increasing complexities. The levels start to incorporate more nuances, which can act as obstacles to the proper position to fire. Since your toaster bounces around the screen, you need to be cognizant of what direction you will fire off to, and make sure you don’t get stuck underneath a platform. You always need to have an angle on protecting your time as it just takes an enemy to reach it to lose. As you advance you will also unlock new bread based breakfast items to fire including bagels, baguettes, bread crumbs, bread pudding, toasties, and more.
The entire game is presented with a retro pixel style that offers plenty of cute personality to the toaster, which you can even outfit with unlockable items. Every level pack includes a unique colored background to further add to the charm of the app. There are personality packed pixels to be sure, and that’s on top of some quality retro arcade action. With that said, the game is a bit slow moving at times as there’s not much challenge for the first baker’s dozen of levels. It picks up eventually, but there’s still a methodical nature rather than the arcade action you would expect from the style. There’s plenty of chaotic potential, but there are usually only a few enemies on screen at once, so the greatest challenge is being patient enough to build your combo.
Toast Time ($2.99, Universal) is a fun little game that may not be the most complex, but it is one tasty morsel.