"Tarzan" is a video game released to the Gameboy Color console in 1999 by Activision. It is based on the animated Disney film of the same name. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages. It is predominantly a single player game but does feature a small mini-game for multiplayer play.
Gameplay is that of a typical platform title. The player must guide Tarzan through areas of wilderness in search of bananas to progress further into the game. There is a preset number of bananas which must be recovered before the player can advance to the next stage. Interactive objects seems to have been of importance to the developers as many features of the game can be used by Tarzan, such as hanging vines for swinging and jumping from the backs of hippopotamuses in a sort of trampoline fashion. There is not much by the way of difficulty in the game as enemy encounters are to be avoided, and can be done with relative ease. This would likely appeal to a younger player wanting a more gentle play. To further appeal to a younger audience, the developers created a small "Hide and go seek" mini game for use with a second player by console sharing; one player hides somewhere in the jungle setting and then physically hands the Gameboy to the second player for seeking.
Visually, Tarzan is a very pleasing title. There is a sense of smoothness in the animation which makes for very crisp and clear playing. The jungle features come across as being very well drawn and feature a good use of bright and colourful images. The audio is also of a higher quality with the developers opting for higher quality compositions. While this may affect playback, as there is few seconds of actual playing time before repeating, the use of background sound effects takes attention away from this and makes for a pleasing experience.
Despite its simplicity and repetitiveness in gameplay, Tarzan is a game I would recommend to prospective buyers. The design efforts of this game are incredible and fully make use of all available technology which the Gameboy Color possesses. It is likely that this game would appeal to a younger audience but could be suitable for an adult in shorter bursts.