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Disney's Tarzan: Return to the Jungle (GBA)

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      06.05.2009 01:48
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      "Disney's Tarzan: Return to the Jungle" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2002 by Activision. It is a sequel to the earlier "Tarzan" Gameboy Color game. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.

      Return to the Jungle is a simple platform title which features Tarzan in both his younger and older years. The player will play as both across 21 levels. Starting as a younger Tarzan, he will navigate through a series of more generic platform stages which allows the player to become accustomed with his abilities and the requirements of the game. Tarzan can run and jump, and will eventually unlock a "tree surfing" ability which allows angled areas to be used in almost a skateboarding like fashion. Tree surfing will allow Tarzan to build up incredible speed and eventually allow for a large leap across a considerable space. Numerous jungle enemies have been included and Tarzan is equipped with a weapon of either a boomerang in his younger years or throwing javelins in his older years. The objective across each stage is to collect bananas and remain in tact as Tarzan moves from left to right. It is a very simple game overall and, even in the end game boss, offers little challenge.

      The graphics are presented from a side perspective which feature excellent animation efforts and detailing to the environment. Tarzan is very cartoon like in his younger years but becomes more refined and polished as he reaches adulthood. Also included in this cartridge are numerous full motion videos taken from the "Tarzan and Jane" DVD. These are automatically rewarded as the player progresses successfully throughout the game. The soundtrack is of a very basic effort in comparison. Assorted wilderness themes accompany the player and these are offset by an occasional digital snippet of the notorious Tarzan call.

      Overall, Return to the Jungle is a good platform title which would likely appeal to a wider audience outside of the obvious younger geared market. It is simple and easy to beat but its visuals are particularly impressive and this makes for an enjoyable play.


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