PAX East 2015: First Impressions – Toto Temple Deluxe (Wii U)

The Nintendo Fire team here is always looking for a new couch multiplayer game to disappear into for hours on end, and after seeing Toto Temple Deluxe by Juicy Beast, I think we’ve found our next obsession.

Toto Temple Deluxe is a multiplayer keep-away game (though I’m told it can be played solo as well, despite this mode never being used at PAX East… and it didn’t need to be, because the crowd at this booth was constantly massive) featuring an egg-laying goat and lots of explosions. And if that doesn’t sell you immediately, you might as well go check out a different game.

But if you’re still with me, players battle in a 2D arena as stone-tablet-headed figures in either Classic Mode or Bomb Mode (there may be more also, but these were what was shown at the convention). Classic Mode is simple: There’s a goat in the middle of the map, and players fight to grab and keep the goat on their heads for as long as they can. You earn points the longer you’re in possession of the goat, and the first player to 3,000 points wins the round.

There are items around the board that help with scoring, and a dash attack is a favorite to knock the goat off another player’s head. The goat carrier (uhh…?) is able to shield against attacks, but the game is so fast-paced that no one seemed to be in possession of the goat for long while we watched.

Bomb Mode in the PAX East demo was a showdown between the winner of the Classic Mode round and a bot. In this version, the goat becomes a bomb (what else?) and as soon as the goat is picked up a detonation timer starts. A blast radius appears on-screen around the bomb-goat-carrier and winning means catching your opponent within the blast radius when the goat, er, explodes. Opponents can evade this by dashing and grabbing the goat, as it resets the timer. The blast radius increases the longer the goat explodes without catching the opponent, making for a tense—and ridiculously fun—time for all.

The game will release Summer 2015 for $9.99 on the Wii U eShop.

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