The problem with Toki is that it is such a tough game that to translate it to the home market just turns people off. If you can play the game the whole way through with an unlimited amount of continues, it isn't replayable. If you don't have a good number of continues, your frustration won't take you too far into the game. The Lynx version, unlike the others, has not been "dumbed down" for the home market, and this is a blessing and a curse at the same time.
The game is tough to make your way through it, but the levels are inspired and the great sound effects and tunes will keep you happy. Overcoming the challenges in the game is very rewarding, and you can progress if you keep your wits about you. It will just take a while. Control is spot on, allowing Toki to make precise jumps and spit (yes, that is your main "weapon") in five different directions.
Toki is a great game that is hampered by the fact that it only
takes one hit from an enemy to end your life. You can figure out the
patterns, and you can make it through the entire game with a lot of
practice, but you must have a lot of patience to make it that far. No
matter how much I loved the arcade game -- and I really did -- the Lynx
version simply can get too tedious at times, and I was and still am
surprised that I rarely pull this title out to play anymore.