In this wonderful, challenging game replete with twists, turns and surprises throughout, young Tarzan swings, climbs, punches, knifes and jumps his way through the jungle as he fights off foes. Along the way, he grabs coins for points, eats bananas for energy and listens to advice from Terk, who emerges at strategic points to offer additional pointers to keep Tarzan safe.
A fun and challenging element of the game is the requirement to carefully select targets to throw power fruits at since hitting friends will drive them away. Throughout the game levels, you meet new friends and foes that must be dealt with accordingly in order to advance to new levels and get help. For example, a friendly emu shows up to offer Tarzan a ride so he can reach new heights and out-of-reach prizes. But, if you throw fruit at the emu and chase him away, you won't be able to reach the prizes. Be on the lookout, though, for the wild boar!
The friends and enemies encountered in the game have unique skills and challenges to master. Mastering the interface, though, is one of the most frustrating parts of the game because of the clumsy keystroke scheme, which hinders progress. Fortunately, Tarzan gets several tries at each level to make it to the next one, giving you plenty of chances to move ahead. Movement and control, however, is much easier with a gamepad than keyboard.
The wonderfully rich Disney graphics have enough depth to allow you to actually gauge how far you must make Tarzan jump to reach a certain vine or scale a tall cliff. Though it takes practice to master his moves and learn to outwit foes, especially with the keyboard, this aspect is also part of the fun and challenge. If you use up all chances at a specific level without completing it, the game resets you at the first level to begin again. Having to replay levels to regain the progress made has the potential to be annoying but, fortunately, with practice you can easily move through already conquered areas.
The overall effect of the sound is quite good and helps maintain the aura of a jungle environ. Tarzan's feet scrabble for a hold as he scrambles up a cliff, coconuts thump as a naughty baboon tosses them at our hero, the approach of some enemies and foes can be heard while a rich background of jungle noises provides appropriate ambience throughout.
Graphics: Wonderful Disney graphics with depth and vibrant colors. You can even gauge distances for Tarzan to climb and jump.
Sound: The overall effect of the ambient jungle sounds is quite good. The major drawback is that sounds of conquered enemies remain active, thus, even after the wild boar is dispatched, his snorting, pawing and grunting can still be heard in the background throughout the level.
Enjoyment: Some frustration is inherent in the clumsy nature of the keyboard controls and, for optimal play, it's necessary to have a gamepad -- a fact clearly stated in the software documentation. Forcing gamers to buy a gamepad to enjoy optimal play isn't particularly welcome when many similar games on the market have very workable keyboard schemes. Nonetheless, even with this shortcoming gameplay is still enjoyable.
Replay Value: The many levels and new surprises make the game exciting and challenging and offer good replay value.
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