TY The Tasmanian Tiger 2: Bush Rescue ReviewCain Dornan
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger gave players the opportunity to experience a platform/adventure title in a stylish Australian Outback setting. Now, developer Krome Studios has finished the sequel to this rather new franchise, featuring the same unique, wacky feeling that provides simple yet enjoyable gameplay, featuring plenty of interesting characters and large, sprawling environments. But is it long and detailed enough to make it a worthy purchase?
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 2: Bush Rescue begins where the original game left off. The game starts with Ty and his friends racing to inspect a large commotion, which has occurred in the local township. After battling a number of cold-blooded lizards, you discover that Boss Cass, the evil cassowary who tried to gain control of the Australian Outback in the original, has escaped from prison. As the leader of the Bush Rescue team, it is up to you, Ty, to once again save the Australian outback using a variety of different boomerangs and your sharp, powerful teeth.
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 2: Bush Rescue features a number of improvements over the original. The game still offers large, free-roaming environments and colourful, interesting characters, but also includes a larger variety of boomerangs, more freedom to choose which missions to complete, new vehicles and machines to control and a new race mode.
At any one time, you are able to complete around six different missions. Missions are assigned to you from the Bush Rescue base, where you will begin the game. Once a mission is assigned, a coloured star will appear on your map, allowing you to easily guide Ty to the location. These missions are usually rather easy to complete, often requiring the player to do simple tasks such as ridding sewers of snapping, hungry crocodiles, saving a team of scientists from an erupting volcano or locating a missing person. Although the main missions are relatively short, there are a variety of side-missions that can be completed both before and after the final boss is defeated.
Throughout the game you will gain control of a variety of vehicles and machines. The Fourbie, for example, is a four-wheel-drive which is mainly used to drive to the missions spread throughout the game. Players also have the ability to control a helicopter, which is used in a number of missions, often requiring the player to pick-up objects and move them to a different location.
Ty also has access to a number of large robots known as Bunyips. These robots each have their own specific uses, such as the Battle Bunyip, which posses extremely powerful arms capable of killing any creature that is unfortunate enough to come in contact with. The Sub Bunyip gives Ty the ability to travel underwater for large lengths of time. The Thermo Extreme Bunyip gives Ty the ability to explore the hottest areas, even molten lava. Each Bunyip is used on several occasions throughout the game, keeping the gameplay interesting, as you are required to use the Bunyips abilities to complete a mission.
The majority of your enemies in Ty 2 are cold-blooded creatures, lizards in particular. Frilled-necked lizards make up the majority of your enemies. Larger and stronger variations of lizards appear throughout the game, often requiring several hits to kill. Boss battles occur at a number of points throughout the game. Each boss is uniquely designed; most resemble an Australian native animal, however there are also a number of mechanical-like creatures. One boss battle requires you to shoot a large creature that is made up of a large number of small, robot-like round objects. Shooting the animal in its weak spot results in the creatures falling apart, rolling around the level and then regrouping a short while latter. The more round objects that you destroy, the more holes there will be in the creature.
As well as the variety of different levels in Ty 2, the game also features a unique, interesting town that boasts a General Store, where you can purchase keys to use the mechanical Bunyips. There is also a Rang Shop, where you are able to purchase around 20 different boomerangs, each unique in some way. The lasharang, for example, is connected to Ty with elastic, allowing Ty to latch onto hooks that are found throughout the levels. The infrarang allows Ty to see objects which arent viewable to the naked eye. The Flamerang emits a blast of fire when it connects to an enemy, and the Frostyrang freezes the enemy for a short period of time. Upgrades are also available, making your rangs more powerful and quicker than before.
Ty 2 also features an extra cart-racing mode. The mode boasts the ability to verse either the computer or a friend through two-player split-screen, adding some extra value to the game. There are a large number of playable characters to choose from, ranging from Sly, your brother, through to the frill-necked lizards and even Boss Cass. Although there are only a small number of races available, each one has been cleverly designed, based on many of the areas found in the game, and also feature plenty of hidden shortcuts.
The graphics in Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 2: Bush Rescue wont blow you away, however, the textures are generally crisp and clear. The game boasts a wacky, rather unique style of presenting things, often capturing peoples attention quickly. The character, vegetation, buildings and terrain have been styled in a half cartoon, half realistic type of way, which works quite well.
Some of the vehicles, namely the Fourbie, are a little blurry when compared to the environments around it. The game also has a rather low draw-rate, with many of the vegetation appearing when almost on top of them.
The character models generally look great. Characters move smoothly and feature some great detail. The water effects are excellent. After Ty steps out of some water, he will be soaked, complete with water dripping off him. When Ty is walking on soft ground, such as sand, his footprints are left behind wherever he walks. Little effects such as these make Ty 2 look great.
Ty 2 features some catchy guitar and didgeridoo music, which changes appropriately depending upon the area that you are currently located in. Music changes to a higher, louder note when some heavy fighting occurs.
Sound effects in Ty 2 are, like the graphics, unique and stylish. Your boomerangs make a distinctive swishing sound as they travel through the air. The sound of your steps change appropriately depending upon the surface you are walking on.
The voice acting in Ty 2 suits the characters almost perfectly. Ty himself sounds like a young, strong and happy type of guy exactly as he is portrayed throughout the game. Boss Cass has an annoying, evil type of voice-over the type of voice you would expect to hear from an evil cassowary attempting to take over the whole of the Australian Outback.
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 2: Bush Rescue is an enjoyable, stylish and unique platform/adventure title which will grab the attention of almost any fan of this genre. Although it is beaten quicker and easier than other titles in the genre, the game is enjoyable whilst it lasts. Gamers of the younger crowd will find a lot to enjoy in Ty 2, and will spend some considerable time just exploring the large levels. Older gamers, however, are likely to get bored with the missions rather quickly.
Overall, Ty 2 is an enjoyable, stylish platform/adventure title that is worth looking into.
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