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 PLATFORM: PLAYSTATION 2
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

n the past, a game with a popular "kids" license was as predictable as a vacant parking lot at Euro Disney. Ubi Soft was as guilty of this mediocrity as any publisher. Tarzan Untamed doesn't follow this mold and trades in its generic roots for a veritable smorgasbord of platform and racing thrills. Was it successful? To a degree. I give props when companies try to do new things, even if they aren't the peak of gaming bliss.

One thing Tarzan isn't, is dull. Levels are divided between jungle exploration, surfing, waterskiing, boss encounters, and bungee jumping. I was all for the decent Klonoa-esque platforming, where the world moves around you as you travel on a track. Heck, I would've been pretty happy to have the game focus purely on this style. The surfing and water-skiing are great ideas, even if they may be too obstacle-laden for my tastes. Bungee jumping is a quick blast of fun. Boss encounters are refreshing, requiring both button-mashing and fast reflexes. I'm glad Ubi Soft went even further by adding Turk's Challenge, offering up score and time goals for each level.

I think kids are going to find Tarzan Untamed cool enough, but due to its oft-frustrating difficulty, only the most determined will make any headway into the game. It's worth a rental though, no matter what your age.   



MATT HELGESON   7.75
Tarzan Untamed is an ambitious project to say the least, incorporating a number of different styles of gameplay into the mix, and nearly succeeds in creating a Tarzan title for the ages. Bungee jumping, water-skiing, surfing, and vine-swinging all enter into the equation, and each is reasonably well done. This said, I get the feeling that this product’s development cycle was somewhat rushed, and that the game could have benefited from a few more months of incubation. The platforming levels tread the fine line between too easy and frustrating, while the water-skiing levels are hard enough to give any gamer fits. Also, I was not too fond of the button-mashing boss battles, which seemed overly simplistic. Graphically, the environments are beautiful, but a draggy framerate and dim color pallette detract from your enjoyment of them. I wouldn’t say that this game isn’t worth a look, but it's probably only for hardcore platform fans, and might be too difficult for some of the younger members of that demographic. 
7.75
CONCEPT:
Turn Tarzan into the rain-forest equivalent of Tony Hawk
GRAPHICS:
Lush and plush, and green like spin'ush. The CG is great, too
SOUND:
It's jungleriffic, baby
PLAYABILITY:
Many gameplay styles and tons of moves for each – all performing admirably
ENTERTAINMENT:
Tarzan will make you curse his cloth-covered rear, but not so much that you won't come away satisfied
REPLAY:
Moderately High
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