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TY the Tasmanian Tiger 3: Night of the Quinkan

TY the Tasmanian Tiger 3: Night of the Quinkan

Spring 2006 Video Games
Ages: 10 & Up
Publisher: Activision, Inc.
Price: $29.99
Gaming System: PlayStation2
The third in the series of boomerang-slinging action is again a platform game starring TY the Tiger in a saucy Aussie adventure that provides the kind of fast-action fun gamers generally look for in these level-by-level challenges.

TY gets into all sorts of jams and must battle, race, scrap and survive to save whatever it is he's trying to save—probably the world as we know it. The story line's imaginative enough to carry the action load and so are the villains. This time TY faces off with the Quinkan—a magic boomerang that if not defeated can unleash the Quinking, a legendary (really) ghostly Down-Under supreme ruler of the dark creatures.

The huge side-scrolling environments (desert, jungle, etc.) offer lots of colorful and lively graphics, and the character animation is fluid. Exploring the landscapes of Australia in search of his buddies, the Bush Rescue Squad, TY does all the expected running, jumping, swimming, enemy-thrashing, boss-bashing, obstacle-destroying, ledge jumping, opal-collecting, boomerang-throwing and puzzle-solving.

What's sets this game apart from run-of-the-mill platform games are the “vehicles” TY uses—powerful “bunyips” robots, helicopters, a fighter plane. Be advised, this is not about learning. It is just all for fun and games.

Don Oldenburg   ©2006 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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