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Tak and The Power of Juju Review

GR_Chimp By:
GR_Chimp
12/01/03
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
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GENRE Action 
PLAYERS
PUBLISHER THQ 
DEVELOPER Avalanche Studios 
RELEASE DATE  
E Contains Cartoon Violence

What do these ratings mean?

Plenty of juju, not enough mojo.

The platform genre is infamous for horrible gluts of overproduction. Back in the side-scrolling days of the 16-bit systems, it was commonplace for every other title to feature another stereotypical cartoon character jumping around like an idiot while collecting god-knows-what in order to save some stupid girl. If only I could have found and broken that mold...the pain I would have thwarted!

Things didn't change much with the addition of a third dimension, and the 32-bit rigs suffered from a deluge of platform games that few remember and even fewer want to remember. Croc 2, anyone?

So here we are with the next-gen systems, which so far haven't had too many faceless platformers. Tak and the Power of Juju apparently hopes to change this. The game tightly follows every old trick in the book, but nothing here will help it stake a claim in the crowded market." Aimed at a younger market, Tak is easily overshadowed by the PS2 heavyweights Ratchet, Clank and Jak, and the Gamecube's resident mascot-killer, Mario.

The premise behind Tak is innocent enough."Tak, a little jungle boy with bad posture, is seemingly the one least likely to accomplish anything."Yet he has been deemed by fate to brave insurmountable odds to save his tribe, the Pupanunu people, who have all been turned into sheep by the villainous dark shaman, Tlaloc."Lots of funny names in this game.

Ancient prophecy foretold of the bravery of a fabled warrior who would save his people from destruction."One look at Tak and you realize he's got his work cut out for him.

Likewise, this game has its work cut out for it. There's no major hook here to redefine platform gaming, like in recent failed experiments of time manipulation (Blinx) and egg-rolling (Billy Hatcher). Clearly, a game does not have to have a "hook" to make it special, but it helps out considerably.

Coincidentally enough, Tak does don the finely feathered garbs of a chicken suit just like Billy Hatcher."But instead of Billy's bright, plumed pompadour, Tak's suit looks humorously ghetto - which actually helps out considerably defining who Tak is as a character.

Tak isn't as detestable as he might appear at first glance."The voice-acting is done well enough to add the right character to help you empathize with the little guy." He has some annoying catch phrases, but that pathetic suit really makes you feel sorry for the lout.

Even though Tak himself isn't so bad, his adventures are just terribly mundane and ubiquitous."Sprawling levels with confusing objectives (ie. no map) and tons of familiar gameplay abound."You perform lots of double jumps and you partake in scads of moving puzzles " essentially the same stuff you've been doing since Super Mario 64." Many of the puzzles are old-hat retreads, like luring things around and riding on the backs of big silly creatures.

More than anything else, you collect stuff. This might be a hallmark of the genre, but it gets old very quickly in Tak. When coupled with the awkward level design, Tak's gameplay winds up mired in rote item retrieval. It's just not very fun, and at this point, not very creative.

The graphics are okay, at least, roughly the same on both consoles though admittedly smoother on the Gamecube. The painted textures give the game some artistic flair, but the overly simple environments mask the effort."There is a vibrant and colorful palette; the cartoon look and feel are clearly aimed at a young audience. The cutscene animations are sharp and well done with plenty of lighthearted cartoony fun, but the music and sound suffer from being overly generic and forgettable.

The same goes for Tak as a whole. Problematically, it just doesn't do too anything new and doesn't space itself out from the crowd." It feels like you've played this game before and you probably have - in better, more interesting forms."With all the strong holiday platformers already released, a weaker game like Tak and the Power of Juju will likely disappear. It won't be a huge loss.


C Revolution report card
  • Tak not as lame as he seems
  • Decent graphics
  • Basic platformer
  • Basic platformer
  • Typical environments and bad level design
  • Collection hell
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