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Ty The Tasmanian Tiger 2: Bush Rescue Package Art
GENRE
Platformer
DEVELOPER
Krome Studios
PUBLISHER
Electronic Arts
NUMBER OF PLAYERS
1-2
CONNECTIVITY
no
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Ty The Tasmanian Tiger 2: Bush Rescue

Platform titles are a dime a dozen these days, especially on the Nintendo GameCube. I remember back when I was just a wee apprentice here at the Dojo and one of the first titles I reviewed as Ty the Tasmanian Tiger. I wasn't necessarily thrilled with the prospect of reviewing yet another platformer. However, I was pleasantly surprised with how fun the game really was. This time around, two years later, Krome has expanded upon the newly found series' roots. Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 2: Bush Rescue may be targeted towards younger gamers, but at least it's a pleasant experience for those who are hand-eye coordination challenged, as opposed to other recent platformer titles on the GameCube. However, if you're looking for one of the best platform titles available, you may find yourself a bit disappointed.

visuals

Ty 2 is one of those games that you wouldn't expect to look smooth, shiny and finely tuned, but it does. All of the characters in the game are great and the design only adds to their terrific cheery personas. Aside from the character models, which could very well have been taken from a cartoon of some variety, the game features some good level design. It's easy to say that if a platformer doesn't have an adequate level design it just doesn't feel right and can lead to frustration. Seeing as how Ty 2 is geared towards children, frustrating them is the last thing you want to do. Thankfully, everything is put into place in order to provide a significant challenge for anyone, but not enough to break a Wavebird over. With a solid frame-rate and some great textures, Ty 2 rounds out to be a very pretty game.

audio

The surprising production value continues in this department with some rather impressive voice acting. If you weren't as huge a fan of the voice acting in the original, just as we weren't, you'll definitely be surprised with the efforts expressed here. Of course, you should obviously expect a flurry of Aussie accents in a game about a Tasmanian. The script is written nicely, but there isn't a whole lot to work with. Expect quality, but nothing inspiring. The sound effects are nicely done and fit within the light-hearted realm. The music is a collection of upbeat, pop-ish tempos that can either be exhilarating or annoying. Sometimes even both, which is pretty hard to do. All in all, Ty 2 sounds like an above average platformer, right off the bat.

gameplay

Ty 2 is a fairly open-ended platformer, which allows you to roam about an "overfield" of sorts before you take on one of any 44 missions available throughout the game. There are also rescue missions, side-quests, and other diversions, but the meat of the game takes place via primary objectives. All of these missions are fairly generic and you won't see a whole lot that you haven't before. The emphasis on combat is very evident, especially after the rather easy-going predecessor. Ty duel wields his 'rangs and has plenty of different 'rangs to choose from. Each has their own advantages and some are required to meet certain objectives. There are also bunyips littered about a handful of missions. Bunyips are mech-suits that Ty can jump in to gain the advantage against dozens of tiny opponents or even the odds against several enemy robots. As you can see, everything here isn't very complicated. If you've ever played any other platformer, odds are you can pick up a controller right in the midst of battle and know exactly what you're doing right from the get go.

multiplayer

Open right from the start of the game is what seems to have been a completely new game that could have been released as a stand-alone, much in the same way as the Crash Bandicoot and Mario franchises. Right under Story Mode is a Kart Race mode which you can jump right into. As you progress through the main story, you'll unlock new tracks. Why am I mentioning this in the Multiplayer section? Well, this mode would be useless if it weren't for the multiplayer support. Although it only has support for two players, it's still great fun and extends the life overall for the game. Twenty bucks for a platformer *and* a good kart racer? Yes, please.

overall

Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 2: Bush Rescue is much, much better than I had thought it would be. I was honestly expecting the expected when the news of a sequel to an otherwise overlooked platformer would be available at a budget price. Thankfully, Krome shown through and put together a nice platformer than any gamer could be interested in for the price. Odds are younger gamers will be interested in the design, concept, and bright colors, but older platformer fans will get a kick out of some of the hilarious self-aware situations. If you need something to rent or pick up before the holiday season crashes into your wallet, Ty 2 would work nicely.

final score 8.0/10





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