Kaiser Versus Unicorns – Toy Soldiers: War Chest

What's the big deal about unicorns? They're just horses you can cut yourself on.

With a game box bordering the battlefield, dead soldiers toppling over as lifeless plastic, wind-up keys turning in tanks, and glimpses of the bedroom beyond when flying planes, Toy Soldiers charmingly pulled off the idea that it was all just kids mucking about. It went a bit wacky with this idea before in DLC, shaking a bucket of knights and wind-up robots over the World War I battlefield, but the third in the tower defence series was announced yesterday and crumbs, it’s really going for it.

Toy Soldiers: War Chest introduces Starbright and her legions of unicorns, pixies, and non-copyright-infringing Carebears to blow bubbles and rainbows at the German troops.

Toy Soldiers isn’t just a tower defence, mind. Sure, you plonk down various turrets and upgrade them and whatnot, but it’s unwinnable if you don’t jump onto the battlefield yourself. Turrets, planes, tanks (and their faerie equivalents) can all be controlled directly, and each faction also has a hero unit you can rampage as. Speaking of, two yet-unannounced factions will be joining the Starbright and the Kaiser sides. Come on, non-copyright-infringing Space Marines!

This announcement feels a mite premature seeing as the PC port of the second game is still in Early Access. War Chest isn’t due until “early 2015” so developers Signal Studios should have plenty of time to finish Cold War, and these are the realities of ports and publishers and multiplatform development, but it’s still a bit grody.


  1. FurryLippedSquid says:

    Unicorns. Like disabled cows.

  2. StranaMente says:

    The idea is nice, and I really dig this series, that said, those bubbles explosions look unsatisfactory.

  3. MajorFordson says:

    Amazing, really great to see Signal moving firmly into “fun” territory, since they completely nailed “srs game” with the first Toy Soldiers. Anyone with any historical interest in WW1 *needs* to play Toy Soldiers 1, the best depiction of WW1 in a game I’ve ever seen, especially considering it tries to be a little light hearted.

    • phanatic62 says:

      Check out Verdun. You get a pretty good feeling of dying randomly from snipers and artillery, and crossing no-man’s-land while prone, periodically hopping from one shell crater to the next is an interesting experience. The game certainly has it’s flaws, but if you’re looking for WWI action I feel like it must be mentioned.

  4. SuicideKing says:

    Wow I’ve never seen fairies getting shot.

    (No, I don’t watch horror movies and stuff)

    • Bull0 says:

      And to think all the Axis need is to shout “I don’t believe in fairies” loudly and repeatedly. All those bullets wasted

  5. eggy toast says:

    This looks like tons of fun but it does chop off the knees of any reason to buy the current Early Access version, it seems to me

  6. Gog Magog says:

    As opposed to Centaurs, whose blades are dull.
    (hue i plaeyed doto once hue)

  7. JFS says:

    I find this extremely creepy. Really, EXTREMELY creepy.

  8. MrFinnishDude says:

    I like it! The mix between the Prussian seriousness and the absurdity of the enemies makes the perfect mood for the game.

  9. mfiorentino says:

    Ulala? Is that you?