Ty the Tasmanian Tiger
By Mark Raby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Down Under hero presents fun old-school platforming romp.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
The overall storyline of the game is about coming to the rescue of those in need. The central character, Ty, puts himself at risk in order to save those who are unable to save themselves. The game really isn't about the storyline, though. Its main focus is just good old-fashioned running, jumping, and destroying enemies. The story takes a backseat to the gameplay.
Positive Role Models
The titular character, Ty, has all the characteristics of a typical cartoon-style video game hero. He is fearless, confident, and always willing to go out of his way just to help others who are in need, never worrying about his own safety of well-being.
Ease of Play
As is typical with games in this genre, the gameplay starts off very basic and simplistic, and increases in difficulty as players progress. The controls -- which can be set up as either mouse-and-keyboard, an Xbox 360 controller, or touch-screen input -- are fairly straightforward and intuitive. Most players should have no problem getting through most of the levels, albeit with some trial and error.
Violence & Scariness
As players make their way through the winding side-scrolling levels, they constantly need to evade or destroy enemy creatures that get in their way. Players can throw items like orbs and boomerangs to make the creatures disappear. Because of the game's highly stylized cartoon graphics and the upbeat music and sound effects, there is little impact from this minimally violent content.
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Products & Purchases
Players can purchase additional outfits for Ty, which cost $1.49 each.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ty the Tasmanian Tiger is a "platformer" game, which means the gameplay involves a lot of running through environments, jumping up and down across various elevated terrains, and destroying any enemy creatures that may get in their way. It has a very cartoon-like style and presentation, and the technical aspects of the game are a throwback to the last generation of video games -- everything is laid out in a simplistic 2D environment, making it easy for anyone to just pick up and play.
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What’s It About?
TY THE TASMANIAN TIGER is set in a colorful, cartoon-like version of Australia. The titular character takes it upon himself to travel through the dangerous and enemy-riddled areas of the \"land Down Under\" in order to save other animal characters that have become lost or trapped. Along the way, he uses his trusty boomerangs to eradicate the creatures that get in his way. Although the game has this overarching story of altruism and heroic effort, it's really not about the story. The bulk of the gameplay feels like an old-school platformer with the action of running and jumping through a variety of colorful 2D environments.
Is It Any Good?
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger is a throwback to the classic platformers -- more in the vein of classic Mario Bros than anything of today's standards. As such, it offers a good, solid gameplay experience that players of virtually all ages will be able to enjoy. On the flip side, it doesn't offer anything mind-blowing or revolutionary, and seasoned gamers who have already spent years of playing through similar games will find little in this game to entice them. It is worth pointing out, though, that this game is built to work on Windows 8 computers as well as Windows RT tablets. So players can romp through the cartoon outback with a mouse and keyboard, with an Xbox 360 controller, or just by using touch-screen controls. Each method of play has its own unique experience. In short, the game follows the formula of a good platformer game and comes easily recommended as a fun and enjoyable game with enough levels and side quests to keep players entertained for a while.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Parents can talk about how to set up video game limits at home. Do you use video games as a reward for finishing homework or as something to look forward to on the weekends.
Why does the game charge extra money if you want to customize Ty's outfit? Do you think it's worth the price?
When did you give up something of your own in order to make someone else happy?
- Platform: Windows
- Subjects: Science: motion, physics
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: problem solving, solving puzzles, strategy
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Microsoft Studios
- Release date: July 24, 2013
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- ESRB rating: E for Mild Fantasy Violence
- Last updated: August 26, 2016
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