The only blight on the cast is the villain, Boss Cass. Compared to villains in other platform games, Boss Cass isn't quite satisfying as an antagonist. As birds go, a cassowary is pretty tough, growing up to 5 feet tall and with a large bony protrusion on its forehead, but in the game, Boss Cass isn't much of a worthy foe. The goal was perhaps to make him more of a source of comic relief than a real villain, but he's just not very entertaining, and the plot never gives him a position of advantage over the good guys, so he's not much of a success either way. It's a minor gripe since he's only one questionable character out of so many good ones.
Ty is easily compared to other platform games, like Super Mario Sunshine.
The milquetoast villain is part and parcel of Ty's attempt to extend the lower end of its age range, and this may put off those whose primary enjoyment of a platform game comes from its difficulty. Ty is easy compared to other platform games, like Super Mario Sunshine. While the game is mostly a cakewalk, one sticking point for some will be the boss battles. There are three boss battles in the game, and though the methods to defeat each boss make sense once you figure them out, they are initially somewhat indirect and obscure, especially for a game looking to include younger players in its audience. There's only one way to defeat each boss, and the first two battles don't even offer any hints as to how to go about it. To top things off, once you do figure out how, each boss actually turns out to be much too easy to defeat--the method of defeating these foes is quite easy to execute, and the entire fight boils down to just repeating the method a few times. In fact, the variety and low difficulty level of the rest of the game make these obtuse and repetitive fights stick out like a sore thumb.
Ty was released simultaneously on the PS2, GameCube, and Xbox. The Xbox version is technically the best of the three. The variations between versions are mostly minor, though, and involve only the graphics. Colors are a little more vivid in the Xbox version than they are in the GameCube and the PS2 versions. Alpha textures are blended a bit more smoothly, making grass and leaves look better. The frame rate is also smooth throughout, and level loads are a bit faster too.
Making a dedicated run from the start of the game to the final battle will take as little as four or five hours for some.
What ultimately may influence your decision to purchase the game is its length. There are only 17 levels in the game, and while the nine main levels are very large, the others aren't very complex. Trying to find all the optional collectible items, of which there are many, will take some time, but ignoring them and making a dedicated run from the start of the game to the final battle will take less than 10 hours and even as little as four or five hours for some. The short length is somewhat justified by the game's $39.99 price point and the high quality of the game's content. Ty the Tasmanian Tiger is great for younger players and can provide a satisfying experience for teens and adults as long as they don't mind their replay value coming from finding every last collectible in the game.
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