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September 20, 2004
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 2 - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
29/10/2004EA GamesKrome Studios1$69.95

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Ty in all his glory.
Back in 2002 Electronic Arts published a game by small Australian developers Krome Studios titled Ty The Tasmanian Tiger. Yes, it was short. Yes, it was aimed at a younger market. But the game was quite fun, albeit a somewhat uninspiring platform title. What was evident, however, was that Electronic Arts would almost certainly take a second crack at creating a game mascot such as Mario, Sonic or Crash - pretty much the only thing the mega-company doesn't have.

Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 2 picks up where the previous game left off. The cast of characters from Down Under has grown, and so has the action! Evil Boss Cass has broken out of Currawong Jail and hatched a plan to take over the world with an army of Uber Reptiles. It's up to our boomerang-wielding hero, TY, and his newly formed team of Burramudgee Bush Rescue mates to stop him!

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Some adequate visuals.
As a platform game Ty 2 is pretty straightforward. Make your way through the levels dispatching of enemies, completing any tasks and collecting all the items and power-ups as you go along. It's not quite that simple, however, as this game has many, many options and gameplay features. Ty is equipped with an arsenal of 21 upgradeable boomerangs, including the Lasharang, Kaboomarang, and Megarang. He also has the ability to collect precious opals and trade them in for new weapons as the game progresses. The game features five different "Mech units" to help Ty fight large numbers of enemies and complete mini-missions. With these "Mech units" Ty has the ability to swim under lava; shoot lasers, Blastorangs, water or fire; and much more.

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Targeting the enemies.
In order to branch out and make Ty 2 even more exciting the developers are including a series of driving and flying missions featuring combat and puzzle solving, with access to helicopters, submarines, and off-road trucks. Unlockable cart racing mini-games will allow gamers to challenge their friends in seven unique cart racing levels set across different areas of the Outback - not unlike Vivendi's kart racing game starring Crash Bandicoot, Crash Nitro Kart. Hopefully the developers will also include a 4-player mode for some split screen racing action - but don't expect any online action sadly.

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The kart racing section.
During the game you will need to interact with a cast of 100+ characters indigenous to the Australian Outback who help Ty in his adventures and battles against Boss Cass. Of course you will have to fight off Boss Cass and his evil Uber Reptile minions in more than 50 missions set in an enormous world that includes Australian deserts, rain forests, billabongs, sunny beaches, and country towns. What some of the international readers may not realise is that Australia really does have these diverse landscapes and with Krome studios based in the country there is no company more qualifies to capture the essense of Australia.

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Mechanical madness.
Ty 2 features Living Environment Technology (LETS) to create lush organic environments; streaming level technology for large worlds of uninterrupted gameplay; and realistic cloth simulation. Krome Studios have retained the comic book look of the original game, but added some new detail (animations and graphics) and effects to the mix making this a visually impressive game to look at. The audio will also remain faithful to the original title with some heavy Australian-accented voices.

With Ty The Tasmanian Tiger 2 focusing more towards the action genre rather then the plaforming in the original game the title may receive a bit more positive press, and hopefully recognition from the gaming public. Expect a release through Electronic Arts this October and at a slightly lower price point of $US19.95 in America, or $AU69.95 in Australia. Thanks EA!