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video game review video game review Video Game Review: Tarzan Publisher: Sony
Category: Action
Platform: PS1, N64, Game Boy
ESRB Rating: Everyone    Release Date: June 1999

Overall Rating: 2 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
2 Stars out of 4
(Review of PS1 version)

Disney Interactive's first console game since Hercules is Tarzan, making you wonder what ever happened to Mulan. Unfortunately, Tarzan is a huge disappointment. On top of that, the game is way too hard for its target audience. The Easy mode is extremely difficult, so much so that even we could not pass the Stampede level without cheating and using the Game Shark. (Editor's note: The Game Shark's controls SUCK. I hate this cumbersome piece of crap! Who designed this thing?)

The levels themselves are nice, but they all look the same, with hardly any variety. After a while they feel bland and boring. The film clips are REALLY nice, though. You have to give 'em credit for that. Usually when games have film clips, you can see particle motion in the transfer. Not this time. I don't think I've ever seen film clips transferred so flawlessly.

Of course, the only down side is that, if you've seen the movie, absolutely none of the cinema scenes will be new to you. So really there's no incentive to see the three endings. You've seen them already.

The control is a little sticky, for lack of a better word. Sometimes jumping is not as accurate as I'd like. If you're on the bottom edge of a log, you should be able to jump to the top without stepping to the right first.

The vine jumping is REALLY bad. I don't get this at all. Disney did such a good job with vine jumping in The Jungle Book. Here it's just… well… it doesn't feel free enough. And you should not have to jump onto a vine to get it moving. Anyone who's ever climbed a rope knows you can wiggle your body and get it moving very quickly.

Keep in mind, however, that Tarzan's controls are not horrible. They're just flawed. Control problems do not cripple the game. Bottom Line: Not enough variety in the levels, and the control just doesn't FEEL like what you'd expect from a Tarzan character.

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