Tail of the Sun

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Tail of the Sun
Tailofthesun cover.jpeg
Developer(s) Artdink
Publisher(s)
  • JP Artdink
Platform(s) PlayStation, PlayStation Network
Release date(s) PlayStation
  • JP April 26, 1996
  • NA April 30, 1997
PlayStation Network
  • JP December 21, 2006
Genre(s) Action/role-playing
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution CD-ROM

Tail of the Sun (太陽のしっぽ Taiyou no Shippo: Wild, Pure, Simple Life?) is a 3D action and role-playing video game developed by Artdink and released on the PlayStation.

The player's ultimate objective is to build a tower of mammoth tusks that reaches the sun. To this end, he or she must gather enough food for the tribe to thrive and multiply, while exploring a large map full of various creatures and oddities.

The game was re-released in Japan on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable as a PSone Classic in 2006.[1]

Gameplay[edit]

When the game begins, it drops the player off at his home village with no goals, objectives, or guidance. The protagonist is free, from the outset, to go nearly anywhere and do basically anything. The landscape the player character inhabits is not only shared by a variety of polygonal fauna, but by flora rendered in the form of Mochi of various shapes and colors, which have varying effects on one's health and various stats.

While exploring the fairly vast landscape, the player's character will need to sleep, and will often choose to do so while in the middle of hunting or swimming. One notable difference between the Japanese and North American releases of the game is that the latter allows the player to wake his or her caveman up when this occurs.[2]

Reception[edit]

Upon its release, the game drew critical comparison to Artdink's earlier 'non-game' Aquanaut's Holiday. While Tail of the Sun never experienced widespread commercial success in either the US or Japan, it is still considered as somewhat of a cult masterpiece within some critical circles. The game was enjoyed by the GameInformer web staff, during the "Super Replay" that featured the entire game. The game received a 7.25 from GameInformer, as noted in the Super Replay.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "太陽のしっぽ WILD・PURE・SIMPLE LIFE". PLAYSTATION Store. Sony. 2006-12-21. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  2. ^ IGN staff (April 4, 1997). "Tail Of The Sun's Gameplay Boost". IGN.com. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  3. ^ Richardson, Ian (2011-07-11). "Super Replay: Tail Of The Sun - Features". www.GameInformer.com. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 

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