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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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