Home Improvement

a game by Absolute
Genres: Action, Platformer
Platform: SNESSNES
Editor Rating: 6/10, based on 2 reviews
User Rating: 6.0/10 - 1 vote
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Home Improvement
Home Improvement
Home Improvement
Home Improvement

Binford Tools presents Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor's own line of tools. But they've been stolen. Now you must help Tim get back his Turbo Tools. In Home Improvement the game, Tim becomes the action star that we all knew he could be. The graphics are good and so are the sound effects. Tim controls well, although it can be hard to deploy your grappling hook while jumping. The levels are very hard, sometimes too hard. The musical score is well done, with the theme song sounding just like the one from the TV show. Tim's weapons are cool and the more you collect, the more powerful they become. The Bosses, especially the Second Level Mummy, are on the hard side. Just when you think he is dead, his head comes back to life and floats around trying to kill you with his energy-firing eyes.


The levels are very well done. They are graphically stunning and a pleasure to look at.


The fact that some of the levels are extremely hard to get through.


Tim, when he flexes his muscles after the player has left him waiting on the screen too long.


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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Pentium II (or equivalent) 266MHz (500MHz recommended), RAM: 64MB (128MB recommended), DirectX v8.0a or later must be installed

Game Reviews

It was only a matter of time before Home Improvement, America's favorite TV show, made it to the video game arena. This game plays like Pitfall with power tools.

ProTip: Tools will double and triple in power if you find more than one of them. Don't pick up any other tool icons if you see another icon of the tool you're holding.

Tool Be or Not Tool Be

Tim Taylor, the popular Tool Time host, has his hands full. He must recover all the prototypes of the Taylor Turbo Power Tools set. The problem is that the tools are scattered throughout four obstacle-filled studios: Dinosaur Safari, Temple of Tools, Monster Theater, and Lost on Mars. Tim's equipped with a standard Nail Gun, but he finds Chainsaws. Jackhammers, and more as he battles dinosaurs, ghosts, and flying saucers.

If you find the Hard Hat and you're invincible, look for the toughest enemies and walk through them.

Although the game won't receive any awards for graphics, it's on par with other good side-scrollers like Pitfall. Lots of detail in the enemies and interesting backgrounds give you plenty to look at. The main character sprite is small but well animated.

The music is lamely themed to each scenario. Minor special effects round up a puny soundtrack, and there are no outstanding explosions or dinosaur roars. The game handles well, and you can play without looking at the manual. But there's some problem-solving, too, so don't expect to breeze through the levels.

Look for aberrations in the walls. Hidden areas can be opened with Dynamite or the Sledgehammer.

Home Hum

If you're a fan of side-scrolling fun or just a fan of the show, you'll find something to like here. But serious gamers will find that Home Improvement doesn't have the challenge or long-lasting appeal of some other platform games. And that's too bad.

Snapshots and Media

SNES/Super Nintendo/Super Famicom Screenshots