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Why We Added Telepathic Frogs to Toki Tori 2+ on PS4, Coming 2/23


Niels 't Hooft's Avatar Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 // Writer, Two Tribes

The original Toki Tori 2 didn’t have any writing. We were very strict about that! While it made for a unique, non-verbal puzzle adventure, the game’s backstory remained hidden. Now that it’s coming to PS4 on February 23rd, we decided to go back in and lift a tip of the veil… using telepathic frogs!

Toki Tori 2+ on PS4

Sequel Principles

Before I go into the frogs, let’s retrace a few steps. When we started developing a sequel to level-based egg collection puzzler Toki Tori at Two Tribes, we wanted it to be a completely different experience. To achieve this goal, we formulated a bunch of rather bold principles.

Starting off, we wanted a large, open world without any traditional puzzle items. Our chicken hero would have just two moves, whistle and stomp, and great complexity would arise from that simple core. To raise the stakes even further, everything in Toki Tori 2 would speak for itself, literally. There would be no written or spoken words at all. No opening crawl. No tutorial. No dialogue. Nothing!

For me as the story guy (I hesitate to use the word “writer'”), this meant I had to create a backstory that would only be implied to players. I had mixed feelings about this: those who’d fill in pieces of the story puzzle by themselves would feel more special… But there would also be players who wouldn’t pick up on any of it. And being understood is a basic human need!

Toki Tori 2+ on PS4Toki Tori 2+ on PS4

Telepathic Frogs

So what happened next? The game came out, some people loved it, some didn’t get it, Two Tribes went through tough times, and, well, we softened up a little. Thus, following a looser interpretation of our principles, the PS4 version of Toki Tori 2+ will contain some writing, revealing more of what’s going on for the very first time.

The mysterious pollution that bubbles up everywhere, that Toki Tori has to stop? That was forewarned by five ancient frogs. But they were kicked out of the capital city. Now our hero has to find the frogs, restore the environment, and hope that his home world won’t fall from the sky in the process.

The ancient frogs were always essential to the game’s second half, but now they communicate with Toki Tori from the start. They do this collectively, telepathically, and a tad Yoda-like (making the game semi-verbal instead of non-verbal). Grumbling and begrudgingly, the frogs give you details of your quest via thought bubbles.

Toki Tori 2+ on PS4

Out on February 23rd

I don’t hesitate to say that the telepathic frogs make Toki Tori 2+ for PS4 the best version yet. It’s coming to the console through PlayStation Store and on disc (A first for this game!) on February 23rd. I look forward to hearing whether the game’s backstory makes sense to you this time around.

//Add Your Own



+ bajor27 on January 14th, 2016 at 10:13 am said:

Own this game on Wii U already, but will almost certainly pick it up on PS4 if the price is right. It’s a fantastic little puzzle game.


+ Seluhir on January 14th, 2016 at 10:15 am said:

You need a reason to add telepathic frogs to a game?


+ sealum01 on January 14th, 2016 at 10:25 am said:

Oh, I am very interested in this! I love the aesthetic, and love puzzle games! I’m adding it to my PS4 “to-buy” list!


+ SmokeAdellic on January 14th, 2016 at 10:26 am said:

Will this have 3D support like the previous title?


    + Collo3 on January 15th, 2016 at 2:03 am said:

    No 3D support this time around, but it does run at 1080p-60fps.


+ xClayMeow on January 14th, 2016 at 3:04 pm said:

I’m guessing the answer is “no” seeing the trouble Two Tribes went through, but any chance of this coming to Vita? Vita’s basically the only platform I play side-scrollers on nowadays.


    + Collo3 on January 15th, 2016 at 2:04 am said:

    No vita plans, just ps4 at the moment.


+ yakulti on January 15th, 2016 at 8:03 pm said:

Great news, now make Patapon trilogy happen on ps4 plz :D


+ nevets_78 on January 16th, 2016 at 11:08 am said:

This games looks awesome. Is there a first one on PSN? I’m a franchise player if i want to try something new i like start where it all began.


    + xClayMeow on January 17th, 2016 at 7:55 pm said:

    $5 on Steam: store.steampowered.com/app/38700/


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