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Tak and the Power of Juju (GBA)

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      04.06.2009 20:19
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      "Tak and the Power of Juju" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2004 by THQ. It is a platforming game and is the first in a series of three. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.

      In this title, players assume the role of "Tak" who is a young shaman's apprentice. He lives amongst a native tribal region who actively call upon those proficient in sorcery and magical arts for guidance and strength. Their magical system is known as "Juju" and depends on "moonstones" for activity. The tribe one day finds that their supply of moonstones has been stolen and Tak sets off to recover them. The game itself is a simple platforming venture which requires the player to guide Tak from left to right while avoiding monsters in the wilderness. I found this game to be overall quite easy. The computer controlled monsters present little challenge and in most instances I was able to simply jump over them due to Tak's quite vast leaping height. Tak is equipped with a blow gun but I did not find this to be useful as many monsters required at least three blow darts to be eliminated from play. The controls are responsive and I did not note any obvious slowdown when being met with more concentrated hordes of enemies.

      The graphics are presented from a side scrolling perspective which focuses on Tak. The images are bright, lively and very pleasing to the eye. Due to the game's setting being in a remote wilderness location, the background scenes can appear to be very repetitive but this is offset by the numerous amounts of tunnels and caves which the player will be required to explore. Personally I did not find the more repetitive graphics to be off-putting as the detail effort is phenomenal. Each blade of tall grass, for example, stands out from the display and I was able to clearly see many different visual accents to the grass such as cuttings or burns. The soundtrack is not quite as inspired with one jungle-like musical score and a plethora of sound effects following the player throughout.

      Overall, Tak is an acceptable platforming title which I would recommend to prospective buyers. It is not the most challenging of games and is more impressive when looked at as something of artwork prowess.


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