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Dec. 31, 2005
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 3: Night of the Quinkan - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
1/2/2006ActivisionKrome Studios1-2$49.95

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Ty in all his glory.
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 also based Down Under) and the publishing might of Electronic Arts behind it the games sold in respectable quantities - with over 2 million units in total - but it still wasn't enough for Electronic Arts as they passed on this third game, which will now be published by Activision. Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 3: Night of the Quinkan is that third game and yet again looks to improve the game in many areas, not least of which is the storyline which is as follows...

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Plenty of enemies.
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.

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Flying in the Gunyip.
Ty 3 takes place in around 30 areas in the Australian outback. This game allows you to customize your boomerang, with more then 2000 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.

While the majority of the game is on foot the developers have now added a flying vehicle known as the Gunyip. This allows players the chance to take the air and battle with the Quinkan. Fly around the skies of the Southern Rivers and take out waves of flying Quinkan in an arcade style mini-game.

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Who turned the lights out!.
When it comes to technology nothing sums up this game then the following statement on Krome's own web site. They state that Ty 3 includes "Realistic cloth simulation technology, inverse kinematic procedural character animation, ragdoll and cool water tech." Impressive, and given the previous titles I have little reason not to believe that these features are all included and running silky smooth.

The Ty games have always been kid-friendly so to speak. There's no swearing, there not blood and guts, and there plenty of cartoon styled humor to enjoy. But even if you're an older gamer Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 3: Night of the Quinkan isn't a title to ignore - especially with a price point of only $AU49.95 here in Australia, and budget prices in many other parts of the world.