Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return

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Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return
Tomba! 2 - The Evil Swine Return Coverart.png
Developer(s) Whoopee Camp
Publisher(s) PlayStation
PlayStation Network
Director(s) Kuniaki Kakuwa
Producer(s) Tokuro Fujiwara
Designer(s) Hidetaka Suehiro
Toshihiko Uda
Tadafumi Kamioka
Shinya Ukawa
Naoya Furutani
Artist(s) Hiroshi Ōnishi (characters)
Writer(s) Masayoshi Kurokawa (scenario)
Composer(s) Ashif Hakik
Masaya Hiraoka
Platform(s) PlayStation
PlayStation Network
Release date(s) PlayStation[1]
  • JP October 28, 1999
  • NA December 31, 1999
  • EU June 30, 2000
PlayStation Network[2]
  • JP September 28, 2011
  • NA February 18, 2014
  • EU November 21, 2012
Genre(s) Platform
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution 1 CD-ROM

Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return, known as Tombi! 2 in Europe and Tomba! The Wild Adventures (トンバ!ザ・ワイルドアドベンチャー Tonba! Za Wairudo Adobenchā?) in Japan, is a platform game developed by Whoopee Camp and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation. It is the sequel to the 1998 game, Tomba! The game was released in Japan on October 28, 1999, in North America on December 31, 1999 and in Europe on June 30, 2000.[1] It was re-released on the PlayStation Network as a PSone Classic in Japan on September 28, 2011,[2] in Europe on November 21, 2012 and in the United States on February 18, 2014.[3]

The game received generally positive reviews by critics, who praised the improved gameplay and graphics in comparison to the previous game, however cited the generic music and repetitive boss battles.

Gameplay[edit]

Tomba using the Flying Squirrel Suit in the cursed Kujara Ranch

Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return is a side-scrolling platformer in which the titular character, Tomba, moves on predetermined linear paths until he reaches an intersection point where a flashing arrow appears over his head. At that point Tomba can move in either direction the arrow points.[4][5][6] Some areas in the game enable the player to explore them in a top-down view, allowing Tomba to move around freely.[6] The main goal of the game is to complete all 137 objectives (133 make the regular ones, while the other four are obtained from a Tomba 1 save file) which range from retrieving a fishing hook for a fisherman to helping Santa Claus find his "sack".[4] Completing a task earns the player "Adventure Points", which can be used to unlock specific boxes scattered around the game's world.[6] As the game progresses, Tomba can obtain suits that give him special abilities. For example, the flying squirrel suit allows Tomba to glide long distances while the pig suit allows Tomba to communicate with friendly pigs.[4][5] Scattered throughout the levels are magical feathers that can instantly transport Tomba to any area that has previously been visited.[6]

Plot[edit]

A young feral boy named Tomba lives peacefully in his home country until his friend Zippo finds a mysterious letter addressed to Tomba. According to the letter, Tabby, Tomba's girlfriend, has disappeared. Wracked with anxiety, Tomba leaps into the sea in search of her.[7] Tomba and Zippo wind up in a fisherman village where they meet an old man named Kainen. From there they move on to the Coal-Mining Town where Tabby's house is, but discover that she is unavailable.[8] Gran, a denizen of the Coal-Mining Town, mentions seeing Tabby travel to the Kujara Ranch by trolley,[9] but the trolley she used to travel there returns empty. A panicking trolley worker reveals that the Evil Pigs kidnapped Tabby when she tried to protect a penchant that was given to her by Tomba as a gift.[10] Gran explains that the Evil Pigs have cursed the entire continent, and gives Tomba a red Pig Bag that is capable of capturing the Flame Pig that has cast his spell on the mines.[11]

Tomba ventures throughout the continent gathering the rest of the Pig Bags. He cures the Coal-Mining Town of its inferno by capturing the Evil Flame Pig, cures the Kujara Ranch of its perpetual snowfall by capturing the Evil Ice Pig, cures the Donglin Forest's gloominess by capturing the Evil Ghost Pig, lifts the Circus Town's curse (which has turned its citizens into pigs) by capturing the Evil Earth Pig and cures the Water Temple of its perpetual rainfall by capturing the Evil Water Pig. When all of these Evil Pigs have been captured, their leader, the Last Evil Pig, reveals himself to Tomba and tempts him to find his lair.[12] Tomba and Zippo locate the Last Evil Pig in an underground area underneath the Coal-Mining Town, where the Last Evil Pig freezes time in a last-ditch effort to stop Tomba.[13] A final battle against the Last Evil Pig ends with his capture, but he promises his eventual return.[14] Tomba and Zippo find Tabby in the Last Evil Pig's lair and escape the collapsing area on the back of the flying dog Baron. Following a feast at Tabby's home, Kainen appears and gives Tomba a monkey suit for him to wear as a reward for going on every adventure possible (if the player completed 133 events, it'll be black but if they completed those along with the 4 extra events, it'll be red).[15] Tomba is allowed to pilot the local windmill owner's new boat to return home.[16] However, Tomba gets involved in an accident on the boat's maiden voyage.

Development[edit]

The music for Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return was composed by Masaya Hiraoka and Ashif Hakik, while the voices were provided by the Actors Phantasy Company.[17] For international releases of the game, the music was reworked from the original Japanese version.[5] The release date for the game was announced by Sony on November 11, 1999.[18]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 82.99%[19]
Review scores
Publication Score
Electronic Gaming Monthly 7.87/10[19]
Famitsu 31/40[20]
Game Revolution B[4]
GameSpot 8.4/10[5]
GameZone 4/5[19]
IGN 9/10[6]
Official PlayStation Magazine (US) 4/5[19]
PlayStation Magazine 4/5[19]

Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return received generally positive reviews from critics. Jeremy Conrad of IGN praised the improvements of the gameplay and graphics in comparison to the previous game and noted the "decent" voice acting, but derided the music as "monotonous" and "annoying".[6] Peter Bartholow of GameSpot also praised the detail and animation of the graphics, which he said "[make] the game feel like a 3D animated cartoon". However, he cited the boss battles as "a little repetitive and tedious".[5] Sean Johnson of Game Revolution commented positively on the originality of the gameplay and the improved graphics and sound, but criticized the simple, repetitive boss battles and occasionally tricky camera angles.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return for PlayStation". GameSpot. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Tomba! The Wild Adventure Japanese PSN Page". Sony. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ Danny Cowan (January 13, 2014). "Tomba 2 caps off latest PSOne retro batch from MonkeyPaw". Joystiq. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Sean Johnson (January 7, 2004). "Tomba 2 review for the PS". Game Revolution. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Peter Bartholow (January 18, 2000). "Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return Review for PlayStation - GameSpot". GameSpot. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Jeremy Conrad (January 18, 2000). "IGN: Tomba! 2 -- The Evil Swine Return Review". IGN. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  7. ^ Whoopee Camp (October 28, 1999). "Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return". PlayStation. Sony Computer Entertainment. Level/area: Village of All Beginnings. Narrator: Tomba is living peacefully in the country when Zippo finds a mysterious letter addressed to Tomba. The letter says that Tomba's girlfriend, Tabby has disappeared. As he read the letter, all he could think about was where she could be. Was she kidnapped? Is she safe? Determined to bring her back safely, Tomba jumps into the sea. And then... 
  8. ^ Whoopee Camp (October 28, 1999). "Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return". PlayStation. Sony Computer Entertainment. Level/area: Tabby's House. Zippo: Just as I suspected. She isn't here. 
  9. ^ Whoopee Camp (October 28, 1999). "Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return". PlayStation. Sony Computer Entertainment. Level/area: Coal-Mining Town. Zippo: Did you happen to see Tabby around lately? / Gran: Yes, I did. As a matter of fact, I saw her headed for the Kujara Ranch. / Zippo: The Kujara Ranch? / Gran: That's right. It's only a trolley ride away, but I tried to stop her because of the Evil Pig spell. 
  10. ^ Whoopee Camp (October 28, 1999). "Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return". PlayStation. Sony Computer Entertainment. Level/area: Coal-Mining Town. Gran: Control yourself! Tell me what happened! / Worker: P... Pigs! T... Tabby! They tried to steal her pendant. She wouldn't give it up! / Gran: She fought them for a stupid necklace!? / Zippo: That stupid necklace was a gift from Tomba long ago! She treasured it! 
  11. ^ Whoopee Camp (October 28, 1999). "Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return". PlayStation. Sony Computer Entertainment. Level/area: Coal-Mining Town. Zippo: Evil Pigs!? / Gran: That's right! They appeared a little while ago on this continent, and they've cursed the entire land! There's even a spell on this mine! I have something that can break it, but I don't know how to use it. It's a Pig Bag for the Flame Pig! Legend has it, where a spell is cast, you can find a Pig Bag. And if you have a Pig Bag, it reveals their hiding place! 
  12. ^ Whoopee Camp (October 28, 1999). "Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return". PlayStation. Sony Computer Entertainment. Level/area: Evil Pig Lair. The Last Evil Pig: Huhuhu... Fuhahahahahahahaaa! How amusing! All my compatroits have been captured! You're looking for Tabby, aren't you? I bet you're really worried... and you should be! Be warned! I'm different from those other five! Your tactics won't work on me! Enter into my dark quarters... if you dare! Fuhahahahahahahaaa! 
  13. ^ Whoopee Camp (October 28, 1999). "Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return". PlayStation. Sony Computer Entertainment. Level/area: ????. The Last Evil Pig: Huhuhuheh... You finally got here... As your reward for struggling this far... my best magic spell! To everyone sleeping deeply on this Continent... TIME... STOP!!! Well... what will you do now? Time has stopped for everyone in the world... except for you and me. Nothing moves... Nobody talks... Even color is gone. A new world... Ah... I forgot to mention... Most of the stuff you have won't work in this world. Is there anything... you can do at all? Hmmmm? Haaha hahahahaha! 
  14. ^ Whoopee Camp (October 28, 1999). "Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return". PlayStation. Sony Computer Entertainment. Level/area: The Last Evil Pig's Lair. The Last Evil Pig: No! You beat me... Tomba! That's impossible! But remember... We never really die... Someday... Somewhere... We'll play again... Right... Tomba? 
  15. ^ Whoopee Camp (October 28, 1999). "Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return". PlayStation. Sony Computer Entertainment. Level/area: Ending sequence. Kainen: Hehehheh!! Wonderful!! You're a first-rate adventurer!! You... You've done every adventure possible. I'm impressed!! Here... This is my gift to you. First-rate adventurers shouldn't have to run around naked. 
  16. ^ Whoopee Camp (October 28, 1999). "Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return". PlayStation. Sony Computer Entertainment. Level/area: Fisherman's Town. Win: What do you think! It's my latest creaion... Now to give it a name... The Super Ultra DX Special Excellent Boat MK-2!! 
  17. ^ Whoopee Camp (October 28, 1999). "Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return". PlayStation. Sony Computer Entertainment. Level/area: Credits. 
  18. ^ IGN Staff (November 11, 1999). "IGN: Sony Announces the First PS Games of The Millennium". IGN. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  19. ^ a b c d e "Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return for PlayStation - GameRankings". GameRankings. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  20. ^ プレイステーション - トンバ! ザ・ワイルドアドベンチャー. Weekly Famitsu. No.915 Pt.2. Pg.22. 30 June 2006.

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