Help the toys by matching shapes
Toy Story Drop is a free mobile game where you'll match shapes together to solve puzzles. Collect items, help your favorite Toy Story characters, and progress through the story chapter by chapter. Deceptively tough, the game is both fair and thoughtful. The concept of matching shapes is immediately familiar and simple, as are the controls. Despite the intuitive gameplay, completing levels is challenging, and requires a bit more planning ahead than similar games.
Create boosts to help yourself along
Choose your boosts carefully and you can clear a lot of space quickly.If you've played games like Candy Crush or Toy Blast, you're going to feel right at home playing Toy Story Drop. Match three shapes together and more shapes fall into place. Complete the objective, clear the level, and earn coins that you can use to make the next level easier. The heart of the game lies in what kind of pattern you try to create when matching shapes together. Dragging three identical shapes together is easy enough, but making more complex shapes will provide you with boosts - toys like rockets, springs, and balls, which propel you to your goal exponentially faster.
Visualizing these boosts and making them the cornerstone of your plan becomes imperative as your reach later chapters. You're only given a limited number of moves per level, and the most obvious solution might not be the one you need. Once specific pieces need to reach specific places, or obstructions are in the way of the shape you need, you might need to think a few steps ahead. Choose your boosts carefully and you can clear a lot of space quickly.
As you progress through the game you'll learn how to combine boosts for even more powerful effects, and unlock handy tools like the flying saucer (which removes any one piece) or the Etch-a-Sketch (which shakes the whole board). Focus on the singular goal of the level you're on, but don't forget to pick up batteries whenever you can spare a move or two; you need to collect them to progress to later chapters!
One helpful perk of Toy Story Drop is that allows users to save progress between multiple platforms. This ensures that you can pick up right where you left off, no matter where you're playing from. You can also enable notifications, and the game will tell you when special events are being held, or when your lives are refilled. Speaking of which, failing to complete a level within a set number of lives will mean you need to wait for more lives before attempting again. If you're impatient, however, you might be tempted to spend real money:
We're grateful that micro-transactions aren't abundant in Toy Story Drop, but they do exist. Hamm (an appropriate choice) will point out bundles of coins and boosts which you can choose to pay for. While they're not necessary to win, they can be awfully tempting when you're close to finishing a tough level and you're on your last life.
Where can you run this program?
Toy Story Drop is available for free on PC, Mac, Android, iPad, and iPhone.
Is there a better alternative?
There are dozens if not hundreds of games out that play just like Toy Story Drop. Most notable are Toy Blast, Cascade, Garfield Food Truck, and of course Candy Crush, all of which are also free on mobile. Toy Story Drop can be a little more complex than these games since it has level requirements and locked chapters. The challenge makes the experience more engaging if you're a matching game veteran, and it's bound to keep you coming back for 'just one more level.' There's also the added bonus that this title takes place in the Toy Story universe, which is a plus. Familiar faces are always welcome, and the Randy Newman-inspired background music never fails to give off happy vibes.
Toy Story Drop isn't an industry-changing trailblazer of a game, but that's not what it's trying to be. Rather it's a cozy, engaging puzzle game with just a little extra complexity - a Toy Story re-skin of Candy Crush with enough extra layers of gameplay to keep our attention. For a free game it'll keep you entertained well enough. We wouldn't recommend spending money on in-game purchases, though.
Should you download it?
Yes. If you're a fan of matching games, or just Toy Story in general this is at least worth a look.
- Familiar concept with a challenging twist
- No ads
- Difficulty encourages micro-purchases
- Must wait to replenish lives
- Gameplay offers little innovation