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"This game is definitely geared to a younger audience. Older gamers may find this game a little easy and juvenile." Image Loading...
Developer: Disney
Distributor: Sony
Game Type: Platform
Review Date: Nov 99
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Setting the Scene:
      Welcome to the jungle. This latest Playstation title is based on the recently released Disney animated Tarzan movie. This 2D platform game follows Tarzan's adventures from a playful young lad to that tree swinging hero we have all come to know.

The movie is the foundation for this game. The game is composed of 14 different jungle environments and additional bonus rounds. The bonus rounds are a fast paced dash to get as many tokens as possible in a limited time frame. Each level is prefaced by an actual movie clip. This sets the tone and gives the player Tarzan's objective.

Characters from the movie like Terk, Tantor, and of course Jane are all in the game. You will even play as Terk and Jane in selected levels. A variety of animals and exotic plants will stand in your way. Swing and climb to achieve your goal and you will face off against the evil hunter Clayton.
Sound and Vision:
Image Loading...      The sound effects are straight from the movie. You will hear dialog from the whole cast of characters. The music and special effects are cheerful and merry (like we would expect anything else from Disney). Hey, there is even some Phil Collins music clips to tune out on.

The graphics are impressive. Disney does a good job in translating movie scenes to playable landscape. The characters look like their cartoon movie counter parts and are animated quite nicely. The backgrounds are lush and vibrant and really bring the jungle feeling to the screen. The movie clips where a joy to watch.
      Tarzan is yet another in a somewhat short series of 2D-side scrolling adventure/action type games for the Playstation. Made in very similar fashion to the Hercules side scroller, Tarzan takes gamers on a journey through the jungle that is tied very closely to the animated Disney flick.

Image Loading...The game is interspersed with clips from the actual movie in an effort to promote the storyline. These add a fun flavor to the goals and drive gamers to move forward in an effort to see the next clip.

The control is typical in side scrolling games, you mostly move left to right progressing ever further into the game. Added to this is the ability to jump up or down. These moves enable Tarzan to reach higher branches or to jump onto vines to swing across chasms. Tarzan can also throw items at the many denizens of the forest. Control on the whole is pretty tight, but while completing some of my objectives I did find my character's responsiveness a little slow at times. This is important when jumping across chasms, swinging on vines or climbing up trees and becomes an issue several times during the course of the game. Once you get accustomed to this "flaw" you can certainly compensate but it shouldn't be there at all.

Image Loading...The levels of the game are similar to most 2D side scrolling games, there is not much in the way of decisions. Your course is pretty much planned out for you with an occasional alternate path or hidden area to discover. Generally speaking though, Tarzan must get from point A to point B in each level to complete it. In between Tarzan can collect Tokens for an extra life (you need to gather 100 of them), find the letters T-A-R-Z-A-N to spell out his name to open movies in the movie viewer, and locate 4 pieces of Jane's sketch to open up bonus rounds. Various fruit can also be collected for health points and weapons to be thrown.

Image Loading...As a nice little diversion, there are various tree sliding and animal fleeing scenes that add some nice variety to the game. These scenarios quicken the pace and add a different perspective to the gameplay. You better respond quickly or else you might get trampled or attacked as you move Tarzan into and out of the screen.

Overall, this is a nice little game based on the movie title and for those of you that like side-scrollers it shouldn't disappoint just don't expect anything that you haven't already seen before. Kids are sure to enjoy playing this game and it is obviously targeted more towards a younger audience for obvious reasons.
Game Options:
      This is a 1 disk game for 1 Player. It is compatible with the standard (digital) joypad and the analog stick controls of the dual shock joypad. Games can be saved via memory card (1 block per save).

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Staff Opinions  
Rich: "Tarzan is a fun game with good graphics and sounds. The movie clips are a great touch to set up each level. This game is definitely geared to a younger audience. Older gamers may find this game a little easy and juvenile. The objectives are simple at times, but still a lot of fun.

The best part of this game had to be the number of movie clips included. I enjoyed watching these scenes from my Options menu. These clips added a little something special to the game play. Disney does a good job making these two elements work together. I found myself wanting to complete each level's objective just so I could watch the movie clips.

As for the actual game, I see little replay value once you complete the game there really is no reason to play the game again. The lack of choices makes each objective straight to the point. There is little as far as strategy.

Young children would find Tarzan to be a great rental. The decision making is kept to a minimum. The controls are easy to learn. The game contains many characters to enjoy. The presentation is colorful and bright. The movie clips will make you laugh. This is the Disney formula.

In typical Disney tradition Tarzan will get you swinging and yelling like a kid again. "
Graphics: 18/20
Playability: 40/50
Sound: 8/10
Lastability: 12/20
Overall: 78%
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