Debuting way back in 2002, TY the Tasmanian Tiger finally returns in an HD version of the classic 3D platformer. Let's check it out!
I consider myself a fan of TY the Tasmanian Tiger and still own the classic trilogy of 3D platformers for the original Xbox. In fact, I love them so much that I included the franchise in my Top 10 Xbox Platformers list and even featured it as an original Xbox hidden gem. So, what makes this little orange fellow so special? Well, he's from the golden age of 3D platformers and with so much competition back in the day, TY flew under many gamers' radars. However, those who played it absolutely loved it due to its enjoyable setting and varied gameplay. Now that it's available on Switch, even more gamers can experience TY's fun-filled quest to gather Thunder Eggs which act similar to the stars in Super Mario 64. In other words, if you're a retro 3D platformer fan then you will certainly love your time with this.
TY the Tasmanian Tiger's primary appeal is its solid platforming gameplay which features an impressive amount of variety. The basics include running and jumping around while grabbing onto ledges and attacking enemies with a combination of bites and boomerang throws. Speaking of which, enemies become increasingly trickier so you'll have to memorize how to take certain ones out effectively. Anyway, the variety is experienced through different boomerang types that feature their own distinct uses as well as segments that'll have you swim, solve puzzles, and take part in mini-game-style scenarios. On top of all this, the stages are generally large and elaborate so exploring every inch of them is rewarding stuff, especially when you consider how differently designed each level is.
Of course, TY the Tasmanian Tiger has a fun Australian theme which you don't often see in video games. As a Canadian, it makes me wish a 3D platformer would release that's set in Canada. That would be awesome! Back on topic; the cast of characters are delightful as they use plenty of Australian slang and you'll end up meeting loads of different animals throughout your adventure. Even though this is fantastic, I can't help but feel that TY the Tasmanian Tiger HD isn't quite HD enough. Yes, it looks better than the Xbox version that I know and love but not much better. At the same time, it feels a bit rough around the edges. For example, attacks don't have much of an impact and platforming in certain sections can be a bit irritating. To put it another way, it definitely feels like a game from 2002.
On the plus side, TY the Tasmanian Tiger HD features plenty of collectibles and trying to amass the whole lot of them will take quite a long time. As you explore, you'll collect oodles of shiny eggs as well as cleverly hidden golden cogs and rainbow seashells. The main collectible are talismans which are earned whenever you gather enough Thunder Eggs. You'll also rescue little fellows from cages and unlock a Gallery mode. Right off the bat, you can change TY's appearance via 8 skins and you also get to view over a dozen movies including old prototype videos and the trailer from E3 2002. With all of that being said, I wish there was more content such as multiplayer mini-games and a list of challenges because all of the bonuses are merely superficial albeit fun to check out.
Simply put, TY the Tasmanian Tiger HD will make you feel like it's 2002 all over again. For fans of retro 3D platformers, this is a wonderful thing although modern gamers may find it to be a bit too old-school to thoroughly enjoy.
- + Solid 3D platforming with plenty of variety and rewarding open stages
- + Fun Australian theme with cool characters
- + Lots of collectibles to discover
- - Doesn't look much better than the original version
- - Feels a bit rough around the edges
- - Could use more extra content