Tom and Jerry - The Movie
Those famous cat and mouse antagonists, Tom and Jerry, are chasing each other again in a sidescrolling, one-player Game Gear cart based on their new flick, Tom and Jerry-The Movie. You'd better be a Tom and Jerry fanatic, though, if you're going to pick up this game. Great graphic renditions of the characters and playful Tom and Jerry theme music are the most exciting elements in Sega's cartoon creation.
From Rags to Riches
While prowling through the attic, Tom (the cat of this twosome) found a Treasure Map. Before he could start on his treasure hunt, though, Jerry snatched it away and set off to dig for gold. Now Tom must recover his road to riches by chasing Jerry through five stages of action and adventure that start in Tom's house and end in a castle on a deserted island.
Jerry's not Mighty Mouse, but he can take care of himself. To compensate for his tiny size, he's armed himself heavily. As you chase him, the little guy throws Cherry Bombs and plants Land Mine booby traps. As Tom, you're at a disadvantage, since you only have a Pounce attack, which sucks life away when you use it unsuccessfully.
Jerry is also impervious to obstacles, such as spikes, sweeping brooms, and jumping fish, that stand in Tom's way. If you haven't caught Jerry before the end of a stage, you have the extra burden of trying to get past Jerry's bodyguards before you can move on to the next stage.
Luckily, bonus rounds between each stage enable you to add points to your score and increase your life. You also get seven continues, though you probably won't need them. Despite all of Jerry's advantages, this game's challenge won't wear down your Game Gear's batteries. Even beginning gamers will be able to whip through this game in one sitting, even on the Hard setting.
If you're a true Tom and Jerry fan, you may want to pick up Tom and Jerry - The Movie, simply to enjoy its authentic graphics and sound. Even on the tiny Game Gear screen, Tom and Jerry look their cartoon best. Sega included cute Jerry taunts and Tom holding message placards, plus the medium-size sprites run, jump, and walk smoothly. The quick-to-respond controls also help to make their well-animated movements clean. The low-action game play may not keep you running, but the digitized Tom and Jerry theme songs will at least keep you in a good mood.
No Mighty Mouse
Tom and Jerry-The Movie is only for die-hard cat and mouse enthusiasts. Although the graphics and sound might keep you going, the easy game play won't make the game last through nine lives. You'll have more laughs watching the cartoon.
- When crossing the sea in Stage 3, don't Pounce from platform to platform. You'll last longer if you wait for the fish to jump, walk into the water, and then pull yourself onto the next platform.
- To beat Stage 5's Snake Boss, bounce off the third platform, but avoid the skulls.
- If you're down to half a heart, you won't have enough energy to Pounce, so save your Pounces or you won't be able to catch that perky mouse at the end of the stage.
- Snag Jerry in the first stage by searching for two short platforms parallel to one another. Pounce from the very right edge of the right platform onto the other platform, and Jerry will spring into your claws.
Download Tom and Jerry - The Movie
Sega Master System
Prepare for an action/adventure game of cat and mouse with these cartoon clowns.