If there's one thing you can say about the Kaitai Dismantlement games, they tend to stick to one of two subjects: common household appliances or dangerous food. Nice to see that gam.ebb.jp can stick with a theme, isn't it? Last time we had fast food, this time something a little more nutritious, plus the appliance that creates it. Yes, it's dismantling time again, and this time it's Dismantlement: Toaster!
Well, sort of nutritious. Okay, not really, since the "toast" appears to be made of plastic, but it's the thought that counts. If you've ever played any of the numerous dismantlement games you know the drill, all you can use is a screwdriver (and your wits) and all you have is a screwdriver. Gam.ebb has taken something that you might find in a larger escape game or a point-and-click adventure and narrowed everything down into one simple task: take apart this toaster or die. Simple and straightforward.
Well, not really all that simple. Before you can remove screws, you have to solve a wide variety of puzzles. Who knew the interior of the lowly toaster had so many shapes. Or colors. Or bombs. Yes, it's not a dismantlement game without a bomb, is it? Click around the kitchen wonder (it makes toast! And bagels! And toaster pastries! Yum!) to find either screws to remove or puzzles to solve. Solving a puzzle will reward you with more screws to remove and so it goes until once again you have reduced yet another electrical appliance to its component parts. One of the nice things about the evolution of the series is that there is less pixel hunting in each game. Most areas in Toaster that you need to click are pretty obvious, negating the frustration of some of the earlier games in finding just the right spot to click to find another puzzle.
Dismantlement: Toaster steps up the difficulty a bit this time around. Easier than, say, Dismantlement: Fan, Toaster is still more difficult than the cakewalk that Dismantlement: Burger was. It's nice to see them get back to the bedrock of the series, a common electrical appliance that has a hidden bomb. That penchant for putting bombs in things is beginning to seem almost ...friendly-like. Comforting in a way. Or maybe I've played too many of these games and am developing Stockholm Syndrome.
So yet another amusing way to waste 5 minutes of your time has dropped in our laps like an early Christmas Present. Dismantlement: Toaster is not as complex as Dismantlement: Radio or Dismantlement: Alarm Clock, but is still casual gameplay done right. Intriguing, amusing, and with its own little hidden surprise (well, not that big a surprise if you've played any of the other games) hidden deep inside, Dismantlement Toaster is the perfect way to while away a lazy afternoon. Get dismantling, and enjoy some toasty goodness with every bite!