Krome Studios is at it again because their lovely sequel to TY the Tasmanian Tiger is now on Switch and it's a heck of a lot of fun.
Although I had a great time with TY the Tasmanian Tiger back in the day as well as with its HD iteration last year, I must say that this sequel really turns up the fun dial with its incredible amount of variety. Whereas the first game is a fairly standard 3D platformer, TY the Tasmanian Tiger 2: Bush Rescue is set in an open world complete with plenty of distinct areas. This makes its story and setting feel much more engaging because you'll actually run around and explore the vast game world that you're trying to protect. Along the way, you'll meet a huge cast of characters who all are voiced perfectly which makes the game world even livelier. From shop owners to NPCs that offer side-quests and even folks who you pass by on the sidewalk, it's great fun to say g'day to each furry face that you meet.
Oh, right; I mentioned variety so let's discuss TY the Tasmanian Tiger 2: Bush Rescue HD's gameplay. Aside from running, jumping, and throwing a couple of boomerangs after locking onto nearby enemies, you'll also find yourself driving a truck on paved streets, piloting a helicopter while collecting bombs, and even stomping around in a mech while taking on hordes of enemies. On top of all this, there's a rather competent kart racing mini-game that you can enjoy with a friend. Sure, it's not as good as Mario Kart but it's still very cute and features somewhat tight controls with an array of satisfying power-ups. Anyway, as you explore the world, you'll also gather a wealth of different currencies that you can exchange for nifty upgrades such as different kinds of boomerangs and health extensions.
Exploring the world within TY the Tasmanian Tiger 2: Bush Rescue HD is highly entertaining stuff and finding all sorts of goodies within it as well as completing silly side-quests makes for a great time. On the downside, the onscreen map is super-small and hard to work out, especially within spots that have some verticality to them or winding roads which can be problematic to navigate. Thankfully, you can pause the game to view a bigger map but having to do so multiple times in a row is just plain annoying. I mean, the waypoint star is right there; why can't I find it in-game?! Ahem... Another issue is that you'll sometimes have to traverse a long distance to reach your goal or get back to a spot which can feel equally tedious. That being said, you might find some delightful surprises along the way.
Finally, let me say that I still own TY the Tasmanian Tiger 2: Bush Rescue on the original Xbox and although this version is indeed HD and can be played portably which is excellent, it certainly isn't much of a graphical improvement over the original. For some perspective, SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated looks much better than its original incarnation and that released a year prior to TY 2. It's not that its graphics are bad because it's definitely a lovely and charming game; they're just a little dated.
If you enjoyed the first game then you'll have a blast with TY the Tasmanian Tiger 2: Bush Rescue HD. It's full of furry friends, loads of gameplay variety, and oodles of collectibles and upgrades that are supremely rewarding to unlock.
- + Enjoyable 3D platforming set in a lovely open world environment
- + Lots of variety and fun upgrades
- + Great cast of furry characters
- - The map is way too small and overly cumbersome to easily decipher
- - Not much of a visual upgrade
- - Traversing the world can be annoying