Ty 3: Night of the Quinkan - PS2 Review
One of the success stories of the current generation has been Krome Studios Ty the Tasmanian Tiger series of games. With heavy Australian influences (the developer is based in Brisbane, Queensland) and the publishing might of Electronic Arts behind it the games sold in respectable quantities - with over 2 million units in total. Sadly this still wasn't enough for Electronic Arts as they passed on this third game, which has been published by Activision. Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 3: Night of the Quinkan is that third game and for the most part stays true to the tried and tested formula found in the previous titles.
|Ty in all his glory.|
Called to the Dreamtime by the Bunyip Elder, TY must help to rid their world of their sworn enemy, the Quinkan - beings of darkness that exist to suck the joy out of people's lives. Although successful in his task of getting rid of the Quinkan, Ty has unwittingly sent them on a collision course with Earth. Arriving home, tired and battle weary, Ty discovers that the Quinkan have invaded and subjected everyone to their cruel occupation. With Bush Rescue disbanded, Ty begins the challenging task of reforming his team and leading the fight against their dark oppressors. But time is running out. Soon the Quinkan will unleash the Quinking; supreme ruler of the dark creatures and possessor of almost unlimited power. But there is hope. Legend speaks of a magical boomerang that has the ability to vanquish the foe. Long lost in the mists of time, this may be Ty's last chance to save the planet.
Being aimed at a younger market this is a game which stays true to the previous titles. Controls are tight, there's plenty of areas to explore and the game, while being a little on the easy side, will take a bit of time to complete. If you liked the two previous Ty titles then this third game is set to keep you following the adventures of Ty with a smile on your face. Developers Krome Studios have split this game up into around thirty levels, with plenty of platforming and exploration to take place. Ty 3 allows gamers to customize your boomerang, with more then 1000 different combinations. Use opals to buy basic rang chassis, to which they add collectable Bunyip Stones to power up the ‘rangs with elemental abilities like Fire, Ice and Lighting, or increase the ‘rangs speed and distance.
|Plenty of enemies.|
The biggest change to this third game is the inclusion of vehicles to drive. These vehicles include a flying vehicle known as the Gunyip which allows players to take to the air and battle with the Quinkan. Other vehicles include the Crabmersible (an underwater vehicle), Bunyip (kind of a battle suit) and Carts. Handling of all vehicles is fairly solid, and always a great diversion from the on-foot sections.
Ultimately this game fails on two levels. The first is that it's a case of been there, done that. The game introduces some new elements by for the large part remains similar to previous games in the series. Given that they were already rather generic platform adventure games the same remains true of this title. The second area where the game fails is the need to collect too many items and the need to spend plenty of time looking at the map to see which areas have been explored and discovered and which haven't.
|Flying in the Gunyip.|
Graphically Ty 3 improves even further over the previous games in the series with some great effects including the cloth simulation and water rendering which Krome highlighted in their pre-release statements. The lands are colourful, animations on the characters solid. I must say that even three games in I still don't tire of seeing Australian animals being put into games such as this, and the kids will likely love it as well. Cut-scenes, while not up to the standards set by companies like Capcom and Namco, are extremely impressive.
Audio in the game is accomplished, but never ground breaking. The voice acting is quite impressive and includes plenty of distinct voices with Australian accents. Unfortunately the music and effects are largely generic and forgettable and while Dolby Pro Logic is also available it's not really used as effectively as hoped.
|Who turned the lights out!.|
I have been a fan of this series since the first game a couple of years ago and while it is definitely aimed towards an early teenage market Ty3 still provided me with plenty of thrills. As I mentioned in the preview Ty 3 is "kid-friendly so to speak. There's no swearing, there no blood and guts, and there plenty of cartoon styled humor to enjoy." A great game for younger gamers, and one which adults may enjoy as well.
Review By: Dave Warner
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|GRAPHICS||Quite nice with improvements over previous games. Good effects.||70%|
|SOUND||Good music and effects which sets the mood. Could be better though.||74%|
|GAMEPLAY||When it boils down to it this is a platform game, and little more.||60%|
|VALUE||At $49.95 this is great value for younger gamers, and older ones too!||75%|
|OVERALL||Ty 3: Night of the Quinkan another solid title in the series and worth adding to you collection. Great value at a bargain price.||71%|