Toy Story 2: The Video Game (also known as Toy Story 2: Action Game and Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue) is a platform game based on Pixar's Toy Story 2. It was released for the Nintendo 64, PlayStation, Sega Dreamcast, and PC in 1999 and 2000. A different version of the game was released for Game Boy Color.
The player controls Buzz Lightyear as he tries to locate and rescue Woody after he is kidnapped by Al McWhiggin. He can execute a jump and a double jump, as well as two attacks: his wrist laser and his spin attack, both of which can be charged. In addition, there are 5 power-ups that can be unlocked to help Buzz complete certain tasks. Most of the voice cast from the film returned to voice their characters in the game with the exception of Wallace Shawn, who did not reprise his role as Rex (being voiced instead by Earl Boen).
There are fifteen levels in the game. The levels are grouped into five zones (3 levels per zone). Only the first level is available at first, but the player can unlock more levels by collecting Pizza Planet tokens. Each level starts with an FMV scene taken from the movie (except from the Nintendo 64 version--its low-capacity cartridge system meant that these movies were replaced with comic-strip type "cutscenes"). In each level, there are five Pizza Planet tokens that the player must collect. The player must collect at least one token to unlock the subsequent level.
In the first level of every zone, Mr. Potato Head is missing a body part that the player has to retrieve in order to unlock a specific power-up. Some Pizza Planet tokens can only be collected with the use of a power-up, while others are merely easier to collect with the use of a power-up. Returning to previous levels is required to obtain Pizza Planet tokens that couldn't be retrieved earlier without a certain power-up.
In the last level of every zone, the player has to fight a boss to proceed to the next level. A certain number of tokens is required in order to access these "boss levels." When the player completes a boss level, a bonus movie will be unlocked, which can be viewed at any time. In the last boss level, the player will face three mini-bosses from previous levels all at once: The Prospector (Airport Infiltration), The Gunslinger (Al's Penthouse) and The Blacksmith (Tarmac Trouble).
List of Levels
There are 15 levels in the game:
- Level 1: Andy's House (Boss: Tin Robot)
- Level 2: Andy's Neighborhood (Boss: Zurg Kite)
- Level 3: Bombs Away! (Boss Stage: Airplane)
- Level 4: Construction Yard (Boss: Jackhammer)
- Level 5: Alleys and Gullies (Boss: Clown Top)
- Level 6: Slime Time (Boss Stage: Slime Monster)
- Level 7: Al's Toy Barn (Boss: Toy Dinosaur)
- Level 8: Al's Space Land (Boss: Buzz Lightyear Buggy)
- Level 9: Toy Barn Encounter (Boss Stage: Giant Spaceship)
- Level 10: Elevator Hop (Boss: Spider Gunro)
- Level 11: Al's Penthouse (Boss: Gunslinger)
- Level 12: The Evil Emperor Zurg (Boss Stage: Emperor Zurg)
- Level 13: Airport Infiltration (Boss: Stinky Pete)
- Level 14: Tarmac Trouble (Boss: Blacksmith)
- Level 15: Prospector Showdown (Boss Stage: Stinky Pete, Gunslinger, Blacksmith)
Differences Between The Versions
There are many differences of each console version of the game. This includes the soundtracks being slightly different (i.e. Andy's house has its own audio track in the Dreamcast, Playstation, and PC versions). A lot of the music sounded quite different from its N64 counterpart as they had more variations of instruments. The PS1 cutscenes had different audio (not counting dialog), the Dreamcast does too, the reason why is because the Dreamcast and PC versions were the final versions of the game. Another thing is that the Dreamcast has correct shading, this is due to it being the final version, plus the Dreamcast was a sixth-generation console. Woody and Jessie do not have any audio in the N64 version of the Prospector Showdown boss, this may be due to the fact the cartridges were low on memory capacity. On most versions, each level starts with a FMV scene taken from the movie, except from the Nintendo 64 version—its low-capacity cartridge system meant that these movies were replaced with comic-strip type 'cutscenes'.
The European versions of Toy Story 2 has replaced the black haired mustached bandits with the blonde haired cowboys.
Emperor Zurg PC Speed Glitch
In the PC version of Toy Story 2, a boss battle on level 12 featuring Emperor Zurg has a speed glitch on some of the modern Windows versions including Windows XP, 7.
The speed glitch has caused Emperor Zurg to continuously evade Buzz Lightyear from ever touching him rendering the game nearly impossible to beat.
However, you can still beat Emperor Zurg, the way to do this is by getting him cornered and trapped between 2 wall corners. Once you get him cornered, charge up your spin attack, release the spin attack, quickly jump forward and pull back, otherwise your fall down, repeat this until he gets defeated.
This Speed Glitch only happens in the PC version and does not happen in the Playstation 1, Nintendo 64 or Dreamcast version.
- Buzz Lightyear is the only playable character in the game. He can execute a jump and a double jump, as well as two attacks: his wrist laser and his spin attack, both of which can be charged.
- Woody is kidnapped by Al before the game even starts, so Woody only appears in the final stage alongside Jessie right before the Prospector Showdown starts. In the Game Boy Color version, he's been knocked out the window -- something that happened to Buzz in the first film.
- Rex appears in every normal stage, and will give Buzz various hints for completion and tell him where to find Pizza Planet Tokens.
- Hamm appears in all normal stages, and will give Buzz a Pizza Planet Token in exchange for 50 coins.
- Mr. Potato Head appears in the first level of every zone, asking Buzz to retrieve his missing body part in order to unlock a specific power-up.
- Jessie only appears in the Al's Penthouse and Prospector Showdown levels. In her first appearance, she gives Buzz a Pizza Planet Token in exchange for finding 5 of her critters, and later makes an appearance alongside Woody in the final boss stage.
- Bullseye only appears in the Al's Penthouse level. He will give you a timed challenge to find 5 of his horseshoes and will give Buzz a Pizza Planet Token once the task is completed.
- Slinky Dog makes appearances in 3 levels in the game. All of Slinky's challenges have to do with completing a mission in the given time limit.
- Stinky Pete is the game's main villain and is used as a boss twice. Buzz first fights him as a mini-boss in the Airport Infiltration level. After you defeat him, Stinky Pete appears again at the final level where you have to fight him, the Gunslinger, and the Blacksmith.
- Bo Peep only appears in the Andy's House level. She will give Buzz a Pizza Planet Token in exchange for finding five of her sheep.
- Little Tikes appears in 3 levels of the game. All of their challenges include one of them asking Buzz to find 5 of the others in exchange for a Pizza Planet Token.
- Emperor Zurg appears in one of the 5 major boss stages as a boss you have to defeat in order to advance to the next level. Zurg's abilities only include him using his iron blaster, which it's attacks becomes more harmful as the fight goes on.
- Sarge only appears in the Andy's Neighborhood level. Sarge will reward Buzz with a Pizza Planet Planet Token in exchange for finding 5 of his soldiers.
- RC Car only appears in the Andy's House and Andy's Neighborhood levels, residing in his garage and backyard, respectively. Each time, he will challenge Buzz to a race, in which he will reward him a Pizza Planet token if he wins.
- Rocky Gibraltar appears in the Airport Infiltration level. He will reward Buzz with a Pizza Planet token for finding his barbells in the given time limit.
- The Aliens appear in the Al's Space Land level, where 5 of them are scattered throughout the area. The Alien's Motherboard will give Buzz a Pizza Planet Token in exchange for finding all of the aliens.
- Utility Belt Buzz (Buzz Buggy Boss) appears in the Al's Space Land level as a mini-boss you have to defeat in order to receive a Pizza Planet Token. Unlike in the film, Utility Belt Buzz has a minor role in this game and rides a space buggy.
- Tin Robot: A Robot toy in the first level "Andy's house" found in the attic. It is immune to lasers unless it stops to take a rest.
- Zurg Kite: A kite version of Zurg that is found in the second level at the top of the tree.
- Electronic Plane: The Enemy toy plane in the Boss Level Bombs Away.
- Jackhammer: The boss of the Construction Site. The only way to beat it is to use discs from Mr. Potato Head if you can get his eye.
- Clown Top (Aka Topminster): The boss in Allies and Gutters. It can only be reached to when equitped with the grappling hook.
- Slime Monster: The boss in the boss level Slime Time. It is immune to spin attacks, but takes damage from Buzz's laser.
- Toy Dinosaur: The Toy Dinosaur has a slow movement and turn rate but he compensate his slowness with fire-breathing ability. His area also full of acidic floor, making Buzz to move around in this area by jumping to another spot to avoid the damage done by the acid.
- Buzz Lightyear Buggy (Aka Buggy Buzz): Looking exactly as Buzz, only difference is that this Buzz is in a vehicle that fires rockets. He is possibly Utility Belt Buzz from the movie.
- Mother Laser Chicken: A giant robot bird that has pods around it that have other zurg minnions come out. Fight the pod carries then itself.
- Spider Gunro: A spider with a cannon that shoots fire and web balls. It can also fly. Found in "Elevator Hop" in a room above the shafts.
- Gunslinger: An enemy found in the set of Woody's roundup. In Al's appartment. Later seen in the final level.
- Evil Emperor Zurg: The arch enemy of Buzz Lightyear. You fight him in the level after the elevator level and the appartment level.
- It appears that Prospector, Gunslinger and Blacksmith survived the battle against Buzz. The trio appear again as the final bosses of the video game. However, their attacks remain the same.
- Copter-Robot: A normal enemy found a lot in the game that is blue and flies with a propeller.
- Jumper: A normal enemy found a lot in the game that is red and jumps at Buzz to harm him.
- Zurg Cars: Small blue cars that chase you first found in the second level.
- Laser Chicken Robot: A flying bird that shoots a green laser at buzz from it's eye.
- Plane Box: A box that has hostile plane toys coming out of it.
- Bomber Boat: A purple boat found in water that shoots bombs at Buzz. Only seen in Allies and Gutters.
- Zurg Warrior: A silver Zurg minnion that can block your laser with a shield. The only way to kill it is with the discs or two consecutive spin attacks.
- Hunter figurine