Introduced first in 2003 in the United States, Toontown Online has been produced in a number of versions for the United Kingdom, Japan, Spain, Germany, and France. While it was originally intended for kids aged 7, the game's deep content makes it even more popular among older players. The 3D virtual world of Toontown derives its theme from the humor and colorful style of classic animated cartoons, designed into the non-violent online game experience.
In Tontown Online, each player assumes the role of a cartoon character, based on the anthropomorphic animal. The latter must work together to get rid of the Cogs and the robots that are trying to transform the cheerful and bright Toontown into the gray corporate world. To fight with the cogs, toons use weapons, characteristic of Disney classic cartoons, including seltzer bottles, cream pies, dropped anvils, banana peels, and others. After defeating all the cogs, players restore a cog building in a toon building and earn experience points that lead to new and more powerful weapons.
To advance in the game, a player is required to complete a number of toontasks, get additional health points, and gain access to new forms of weapons. Toontasks generally range from simple to more challenging, like defeating a dozen or more four-story Cog buildings. While some tasks are optional, others require careful fulfillment to advance in the game.
Each playground of the game features Disney's classic animated character, including Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, or Donald Duck as a non-player character. Such playgrounds can be found in all of Toontown's neighborhoods, such as Toontown Central, Daisy Gardens, Donald's Dock, Minnie's Melodyland, and Donald's Dreamland. Each playground is connected to the neighborhood streets that have cogs and cog buildings.
Toontown Online differs from other Disney online games due to the skilful combination of battle with non-combat activities, such as trolley games, fishing, toon estates, pets, and car racing. One of the most popular and successful of Disney online games, Toontown Online has received a number of awards, including the 2003 Webby Awards in Kids Category, 2003 Computer Gaming World in the category Game of the Year, 2003 All Star Software Award, 2004 Silver Honor in Parents' Choice Foundation, and 2005 Safe Gaming Award.
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