Toy Story 3: The Video Game
By James Whittle
In Toy Story 3: The Video Game, for the Sony Playstation Portable, gamers get to control Woody and Buzz in adventures based on the new movie.
Game play is fairly simple - you guide Woody, Buzz or a supporting character as they jump and shimmy through various obstacle courses in places like Andy's home and the Sunnyside Day Care Centre.
Completing levels open up mini games that take you into the make-believe worlds of Buzz and Woody.
The Buzz mini game will have you navigating a sci-fi space setting, shooting robots and avoiding Zurg death traps.
Woody's mini game is a simple side-scrolling affair that sees you racing across the screen on trusty horse Bullseye, jumping over rocks and ducking low-flying vultures in the style of Woody's TV puppet show from the 50s.
If you're a perfectionist, then there are plenty of bonus activities for you to complete.
After you've finished a level, you can replay it to find everything you missed the first time around and unlock some extra content.
Although you can't expect the same dazzling special effects as in the movie or the PS3 version, the graphics for the handheld version are still quite impressive.
The vibrant and playful atmosphere of the Toy Story universe is wonderfully reproduced in video game form and makes you feel right at home in Andy's toy chest.
The voice acting is also very good. The background music is a simplified version of the movie's soundtrack.
Everyone will instantly recognise the signature theme song, You've Got a Friend in Me, which is used as the main soundtrack.
This is an above-average game that requires little skill to finish; thankfully each level is engaging enough to temporarily make you forget how simple it really is.
What makes the PSP version less challenging is that players have an infinite number of lives, and when you do die, you respawn at a check point that isn't too far from where you died.
Toy Story 3: The Video Game is worth playing because it is based on a great franchise.