Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return
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If you can get past the silliness of Tomba! 2 (you know, the pink hair, strange mini-quests and whacked-out characters), then you'll have yourself a great time. Because underneath its typical save-your-girlfriend-type story line and some ridiculously lame voice-overs, lies some serious--though tedious in some respects and not particularly challenging-pseudo 3D gameplay. But what Tomba! 2 lacks in difficulty in many of the tasks, it makes up in quantity. There are more than 150 tasks to complete (apparently some later tasks must be opened up through secret means), several mini-games to play and an array of items to acquire. You'll get wings, become mouse-sized, turn invisible, wash dirty birds, eat some fruit and grapple from acorns, among a slew of other activities. Yeah, that's Tomba. Strange thing is, there's only four main areas to explore, each of which is broken up into a couple of smaller sections. But the areas are absolutely jam-packed with stuff to do and collect -and you'll have to work your way back to earlier areas to finish tasks. Unfortunately, the main bosses provided no challenge whatsoever. It was almost like they should've been more difficult, since they give you powerful magic. Oh well. Luckily, the main part of the game is extremely entertaining, and looks and sounds good to boot.
Tomba! 2 is the kind of game you'll keep wanting to play, because you want to see what neato gameplay ideas will pop up in the next stage. This game is bright, colorful, solid, entertaining, unique and addicting. The multi-branching paths may drive some of you a little nuts, especially if you're looking for a more traditional 2.5O game (if there's such a thing). Still, there's so much to see and do in Tomba! 2, it's well worth the bucks.
Luckily, very little ofTomba! 2 involves Tomba running around in full 3D. Nothing wrong with 3D games, but I'll take my platformers in pseudo-3D if possible, thanks. Even though developers Whoopee Camp have added lots more to the sub-quests this time around, some of them still suffer from the same sort of tedium from the first game. However, the game is full of charm and has more than enough challenges to keep both young and mature gamers busy.
Whoopee Camp has the strangest sense of humor of any game developer out there. But they sure know how to crank out a good platform game. I much prefer a smaller area with lots of things to do (and different things) than a huge overworld with lots of wandering around wondering where to go next. It feels like an old-school 2D game trapped in a three-dimensional world. A tad bit on the easy side, but is an enjoyable adventure for platform fans.
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Pigs. There's not much to like about them. They're dirty animals that wallow in their own filth--Sam Jackson's character taught us that in Pulp Fiction. If you agree, you'll enjoy Tomba! 2. It takes hatred of swine to new levels.
The same pack of evil pigs from the first game has kidnapped Tomba's special lady friend Tabby, and also cast all kinds of wack spells over the land, turning it bad. Tomba is obviously PO'd about this and has to save her and the places he visits along the way. And like the first game, there are all kinds of tasks to complete throughout the game before you even come close to finding her. For example, earlier on you come across a crank that operates a bridge that you need to cross. The bridge is missing a gear, but in order to get the gear you have to find it in another area of the level. And it turns out the gear is next to a house that's on fire, so you have to put that out first. And the tasks pile up. As the game progresses the tasks get harder--although there seem to be quite a few simple ones thrown in for good measure.
At times, Tomba! 2 seems to be geared more toward a younger crowd (thanks in part to its silly voice work and cheesy music). But don't worry--there's still plenty of stuff in this sequel for hardcore gamers (goodies to find, secrets to explore, etc.). You can find all kinds of items to equip--everything from a bucket to a squirrel suit to a lunchbox. You'll use every item in the arsenal at one point or another-sometimes several times. Weapon-wise, Tomba! 2 isn't lacking. Stun an enemy with a particular weapon, and then do them in by jumping on their back, riding around on them for a couple of seconds and then slamming them down. You can also use some weapons as items.
While the solid gameplay in this sequel may be similar to the original, the graphics are leaps and bounds improved. The game's simply filled with rich, interestingly designed environments, full of vibrant colors and 3D models. It's a great-looking title. Like the first Tomba!, some of the top brass behind the original Resident Evil and the creator of Mega Man are involved in the making of this game.