Tak And The Power Of JuJu - PS2 - Review
With the holiday season
looming ever closer, developers are trying to get their games out upon the
masses first so they can get a big slice of that holiday pie. THQ has recently
released a platformer by the name of Tak and the Power of Juju. While it has a
lot of interesting ideas, the bottom line is that it is a perfect game for the
younger crowd, but older gamers will definitely find this Tak and the Power of
Juju kind of boring and extremely easy. Read on to find out why.
The story is as follows: several centuries ago a Pupanunu shaman foretold that the Moon Juju, the tribe’s protector who they adore, would be overthrown. Ever since this prophecy has been given, it has been passed down to each new shaman. The latest election for the High Shaman recently took place and the entire tribe voted for the respected Jibolba, who is extremely honest and has a very strong Juju. Tlaloc was outraged that he was not chosen and he decided to get his revenge upon the tribe. Jibolba knows that the prophecy is about to be played out so he trains his apprentice Lok, to battle any evil that comes his way. One day the entire village, except for a few people, is turned into sheep, including Lok. This is all due to Tlaloc and his two evil minions, who also stole the power of the Moon Juju. It is now up to Tak to save the Moon Juju and his tribe. Are you up for this heavy responsibility? Only time will tell!
What makes Tak and the Power of Juju unique from other platformers out on the market is its approach. The game is very comic form the minute it boots up. When players load the game for the first time they hear a silly chant from a shaman and than players will finally see him. He goes on and on, on a specific Juju and than players will find he is talking to them, and presses his hands against the screen, and it gives the impressions that he is looking at you through the TV screen. I thought that this was a very nice touch. Humor is very abundant through out the entire game, even though this title is obviously made for kids, older players will want to stick around to hear and find out what outlandish thing Tak and the characters will do next.
The game is a decent platform game with some action thrown in for flare. Players will have to collect different types of objects such as moonstones, teeth, acorns, feathers, and many other items. As the game progresses players will be able to use Juju powers, but they have to have the mana to use them. These powers really enhance the game but providing that extra boost when needed. The last really interesting power is when players get the animals to do their bidding. They are really used mostly for puzzle solving, such as getting an ape to slingshot players over a ridge or a rhino to break a wall down.
There is even a snowboarding and sandboarding levels to help break up some of the monotony of the game. The controls for this aren’t too bad and feel somewhat responsive, but it is not as refined as SSX in any way.
Tak and the Power of Juju almost looks like a cartoon, and this is for a good reason since Nickelodeon is the partner in this game. The colors used in this game are very bright and vivid. THQ paid more than the usual attention to detail and animation in this game. Players will be able to see the sheep’s wool move, the feature bouncing around on Tak’s head, and many other things. The environments that Tak will transverse is brimming with wildlife that makes the game feel almost alive.
Tak and the Power of Juju is rated E for Everyone and needs 371kb on your memory card for saves.
Tak and the Power of Juju plays pretty well, the controls are not overly complicated, and it is something that children can get into immediately. The game is not too deep and not complex in any form or fashion. This is the perfect game for kids.
The animation and graphics for Tak and the Power of Juju look pretty good. The character models and environments are really detailed. The only problem is that players will see a lot of jaggies in this game. On the bright side there is never any frame rate issues.
The music is pretty enjoyable, but it is not something that will blow your minds away. The sound effects and voiceovers are nicely done as well. The one thing that does get irritating is the few catch phrases the Tak repeats constantly all throughout the game.
This game is definitely made for children, as it does not provide any real challenge to older games. Most of the challenges can be figured out within several seconds. If players do have trouble with anything Flora will tell them exactly what to do.
This game is light hearted and provides a lot of unorthodox ideas that players normally wouldn’t see in any platforming game.
Tak and the Power of Juju will give younger players a lot of replay time, but it is not a title for older gamers. If you have kids who love this genre of games, I suggest picking it up. Other than that, this makes for a good weekend rental.