Written: 11.6.06 Acquired: 9.2.06 Status: Cart only Price: $9
Developer: Kuusou Kagaku
Oh, man. What can I say about this one...
There are games we come across, and for better or worse, we never forget them. We remember them so.... not always because they're great games, but in this case because they're so unique, so different from the rest...
And even though this game is your typical platforming business... the hero is... well, let us observe...
Ah, it's a good day for a run...
.... and some branch hopping...
.... And swinging
Peace and tranquility doesn't last for long however; wouldn't be much of a game if it did eh?
Angry his jungle's been invaded, Tarzan unleashes his might. This offensive technique is his most potent
Your monkey friends give ya a great boost
Punch the rock so it takes out Mr. Baddie
Amusing animations abound
Tarzan may be no rocket scientist but even he knows this can't be too good a thing.... so what does he do? Strike a silly pose, of course!
Don't cha hate being right?
Onto China we go!
Tarzan does a lot of this... he's no Carl Lewis after all
Certain blocks are breakable, but beware of the occasional spike pit below (press L / R to scroll up/down to see potential hazards)
SHEESH! Talk about hospitality!
The trick is to stand still -- the fireball goes past you harmlessly if you do. So it's a "walk a little bit, pause, repeat" procedure until you can get in striking distance!
So much for homeland security eh
These cramped areas spell a little bit more trouble for Tarzan as it eliminates the jump kick, but no matter... you just have to exercise a bit more caution
Certain parts are not breakable...
... Unless you count your foot!
It can be aimed downward, straight ahead or vertically
Brrrr, it's gotta be freezing! To keep warm, do the Running Man
You gotta love how a rope is conveniently placed there... don't the bad guys check these levels first?
From here, Tarzan can chuck himself on to the roof tops
It's just your standard, competent-but-not-excellent platformer. With a character so unique you'll never forget it. So while it may play like a "me-too" affair, at least it's one that won't slip the memory bank any time soon
Later on, Tarzan traverses to more wild locales... like Las Vegas, and even a haunted castle. It's enjoyable, but what hampers it most in my book is Tarzan's mobility. He's not an athletic bloke. Stopping and going with him proves quite annoying, as he has a bit of a hitch in his get-along. His jumping ability is lackluster
Other than that, it's about a 6.5 out of 10 platform job. It's decent, made more interesting thanks to its protagonist. Solid, but unremarkable. It's a notch or two below Go Go Ackman (see Go Go Ackman Trilogy) and Ghost Sweeper Mikami. And those games, mind, are several notches below the STELLARDoReMi Fantasy
Still, Jungle no Ouja Tarzan is worth getting for its obscurity, bizarre-ness and collectability. It reminds me a bit of Super Back to the Future II... both are classic guilty pleasure type games... except Jungle's not as good
So if you take it for what it is, you should be satisfied. I like it, but I'm quite a huge platform nut. Kind of hard to find, but worth the hunt if you like the genre as much as I do...