Tak and the Power of Juju

Tak and the Power of Juju Review PS2

Tak and the Power of Juju Review PS2

Tak and the Power of Juju is about a race of people called Pupanunu. An evil man by the name of Tlaloc has stolen the power of the moon Juju and has turned many of the Pupanunu people into sheep, including the Pupanunu's saviour Loc. The man or should I say kid that is left to save the day is Tak, he must restore the power to the moon Juju and save the Pupanunu race. As the characters names suggest this is definitely a kids game, it attempts to be funny at times and sometime succeeds.

Tak and the Power of Juju is a basic platform game with Tak being able to jump, climb ropes, hang off edges and hit enemies with his club. Early in the game Tak acquires a pole which can be used in a number of different ways. It provides Tak with a more powerful attack enabling him to whack enemies with it, pole vault to higher otherwise unreachable locations and it can also be used as a blowgun. The blowgun is a useful instrument for initiating puzzles. The puzzles can be quite interesting at times but most will be easy enough to figure out in a very short time. Tak and the Power of Juju features lots of collectable items such as feathers and moon stones. Unfortunately your progress will usually depend on how many items you have collected, you can be sure that there will be one little something that you will have to find before you can progress to the next level. Unfortunately this can get tiresome as Tak and the Power of Juju relies on this kind of exploration to fill in the blank spaces in the game.

There are some snowboarding levels that help break up all the collecting missions.

PS2 - Tak and the Power of Juju Review PS2
Tak and the Power of Juju Review PS2

Although the snowboarding sections do provide a bit of action they are not brilliant to say the least. Such levels have been done before to far better effect in other platform games. As you might expect with a platform game the camera is sometimes a hindrance and it is, but it isn't any worse than you might find on any other mediocre platform game. What is worse that most platform games is the level design which can leave you not knowing where you need to go. So this means you will have to walk around aimlessly until you find what you are looking for. In some cases you will not even know what you objective is which is a real pain.

Graphically Tak and the Power of Juju is kind of blocky, coloured with nice pastel and water colour shades. The animals and enemies you will see along your adventure all look good but they could do with a few more frames in their animations. Tak himself looks ok but he is lacking a few polygons and his animations are also pretty limited. The frame rate stays steady enough not to affect the game play experience.

The sound in Tak and the Power of Juju is one of its best features, especially the voice acting. The quality of the voiceovers never seems to slip throughout the game. Tak himself does have some annoyingly repetitive says though. Every time he defeats an enemy he will say “owned” which stretches your insanity that little bit more and more as the game goes on.

Tak and the Power of Juju is a basic platform game aimed at young kids. It has the nice looking un-offensive graphics and young humour that will appeal to the younger age group. Unfortunately the level design will not just confuse young kids but adults alike. Adults may tolerate this kind of frustration and battle their way on through the game but kids more than likely will not tolerate any frustration and never play the game again. If you want a platform game for your kids this would probably do the job for a time but it certainly won't keep them interested after the frustration kicks in.

6.5 out of 10

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