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Toto Temple Deluxe review
by h

Toto Temple Deluxe is, in all honesty, fine for what it is - but there's a reason at the end of the day why couch co-op only multiplayer seems kind of neglected nowadays. It's because it went from being the only way to play multiplayer to, if anything, a niche.

Here's the issue with a game like TTD (outside of conventions, where it reportedly did very well) - You aren't easily going to convince three other people to come over to play a couch co-op game with you for several pretty damning reasons. For one, it's really difficult to get a consistent group of people together for anything, so this game and games like it will probably see one big play session per purchase because, unless your buddies REALLY enjoy the experience, they're not exactly going to dedicate a couple hours of their day to not only play it, but come over to your goddamned house (or use Parsec, assuming everyone in the group has a PC and a network connection that can support it AND either a compatible controller or knowledge of what DS4Windows is AND assuming you even have the PC version of the game in the first place) to do so.

This isn't usually that big of a problem - couch co-op games have existed in the past, of course - but the issue is, I just don't think Toto Temple is an amazing enough experience to warrant getting a big group together more than once.

Hate to say it, but you just need online multiplayer - couch co-op only doesn't cut it anymore. I know, I know, and trust me, I like the idea of the wholesome 80s or 90s couch co-op vibe as much as the next guy, but the industry has evolved past the need for these types of games unless they have some online capability.

So, Toto Temple Deluxe is a well-made, charming little product by a dev team that seems to genuinely know what they're doing and there's nothing really entirely *wrong* with it, but games that cater to this specific of a niche and refuse to stray outside of it whatsoever are never going to be flexible enough to get a particularly amazing rating.

Other reviews2

Quite effective as a party game, but don't be fooled into thinking there'll be online out-of-the-box or that the game has anything to offer as a single player experience. 

If you're in the situation where you've got 3 lads coming down to the house to sink a beer together (or I suppose if you have 3 people with controllers who are willing to download Parsec) and you need something to play then TTD isn't a bad purchase, but that is a very specific scenario and I can't see it happening all that often, unless you're quite the social butterfly.
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