Captain Toonhead vs The Punks from Outer Space – VRFocus

Captain Toonhead vs The Punks from Outer Space – VRFocus

Captain Toonhead vs. The Punks from outer space, it’s a mouthful when it comes to long video game titles, but it perfectly illustrates Teravision Games’ virtual reality (VR) project. Captain Toonhead is a bombastic marriage between cartoon design and tower defense gameplay, nowhere else can you fight cybernetic T-Rexes with exploding pigs and electric pizza slices.

Tower Defense games do not tend to be too quirky in their presentation Captain Toonhead offers a welcome change. Great, bold visual designs, weird characters, an exaggerated villain and a less subtle dose of humor that runs through. In the world of Captain Toonhead you are on a mission to save the world from the evil Nicholas Voorhees and his army of chickens and sharks. A crack team of recruits was sent to deal with the situation, but unfortunately a faulty microwave and a red-hot burrito killed them all. So it’s up to you as Elliott Salazar, a space cop who’s handy with a set of tools to complete the mission.

So like any tower defense title, you have the task of building defensive towers (or Toonrets) and stopping the advance of Voorhees’ army across a series of increasingly complicated maps. If you are familiar with the genre, then all the usual basic stuff is here, a cheap rocket tower is your instant go-to, while a freezing Toonret slows down the enemies and Senor PIGnata throws explosives for damage in the area. They all have their own shooting speeds and range, so careful placement for maximum damage is always crucial, with limited placements on each map.

Where Captain Toonhead start shaking things up is with your playing abilities. There’s a track you have to juggle to complete each level successfully, and it’s this variation combined with the whole silly character of the experience that makes Captain Toonhead fun and absolutely hectic to play. First out are your TurboMjolnirs, which are basically small hammers. These babies are used to collect scrap that has fallen from enemies so you can build more Toonrets as well as upgrade the towers remotely. Even more useful are the two handguns that you get to use a lot, such as enemy design, that you can not sit back and let Toonrets do all the work you want to fail. Plus, it’s just boring. Finally, among this range of tools is Chancla – or more precisely a pair of flip flops). What happens if you hit someone with one of these sandy shoes, they will probably stagger and look stunned for a moment; that’s exactly what’s going on here. Stun these enemies with a Chancla in the face!

Captain Toonhead

The goal of each card is to protect these small bundles of literal energy called EnerCubes. Protecting them is not only crucial to completing each level, you must use them to upgrade your set, all of which can be upgraded. Towers can be improved so you can level them up during a mission, your weapons can be made more destructive, hammers even faster and flip flops even more breathtaking. Skill tree’s need to offer a decent variety so players can make their own strategic choices and Captain Toonhead delivers just the right amount without it getting too silly.

As I said, Captain Toonhead gives you opportunities, which means lots of juggling in the later levels when there are multiple routes to contend with. Once you’ve set things in motion with a pair of towers placed, you can shuffle and match between staying next to EnerCubes to protect yourself, jumping into a tower to shoot enemies with your handguns, collecting scrap with your TurboMjolnirs or unleash your secret weapon, ToonRide. Quickly putting your hands over your head activates this destructive ability, giving you direct control over Toonret. Or if you’re next to the target, pop up two electrified pizza slices to do some major damage.

Switch between all these brands Captain Toonheads’ levels an absolute attack for several minutes, especially when the opponent’s variation starts to get better. Enemies in tower defense games do not have to be smart, they follow precise routes and patterns that are easy to track. They get tougher and add armor, but more importantly – where it’s going to involve you – elements like the health balloons and the force fields actively require your participation. Take for example the force field, drones will protect a person that your Toonrets just will not attack, you have to get down there and shoot them by yourself in order for your defense to be activated. It’s a small thing, but a level can easily be lost when three routes all have them on.

Captain Toonhead

However, Captain Toonhead is not a completely colorful utopia of tower defense games. At times, it can feel really inflexible, especially in the early stages of any level. You can boost against the sky to get a fold of the land, but there is no way to move around other than jumping between the towers. This makes it quite picky to place defenses at a distance, forcing you to build nearby until you have a few more towers out. The animations at a distance can also look almost stop-motion, the movement of the enemy only evens out the closer you get.

The spaceship hub, where you select levels and upgrade equipment, is also a bit of a mystery. Captain Toonhead have a very “playground” feeling all over it and the hub is no different. It’s very busy and looks super interactive, but there’s almost nothing. You can teleport around to several places on the ship, but there is nothing to do. It seems a bit of a waste considering how lively the whole setup is. One would think that it would be accessible to be able to burst balloons or use the target, which increases the feeling of immersion.

Captain Toonhead vs. The Punks from outer space is a ridiculous tower defense experience and the better for it. The gameplay is pure entertainment from start to finish, with lots of character and bravado that you really should not take too seriously. There are a few twists and turns along the way and there is definitely room for a little finesse in the mechanics. If you’re looking for the ultimate VR tower defense title, then this is not it. If you want humor, strategy and weapons, then you have come to the right place.


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