North American Nintendo 64 cover
Tonic Trouble is a action-adventure video game developed by Ubi Soft Montreal and Ubi Soft Montpellier, and published by Ubi Soft. It was initially released for Nintendo 64 in August 1999, with a version for Microsoft Windows following in December that year. A Game Boy Color adaption of the game was developed by RFX Interactive and released in 2000 exclusively to the European market.
In 1998, an early version of Tonic Trouble for Microsoft Windows, labeled Special Edition, was distributed by Guillemot—a hardware manufacturing company founded by Claude Guillemot, one of the five Ubi Soft founders. This version featured a different level designs and control schemes, additional guards excluded in the final version, larger and more open level designs, red spades instead of thermometers for health power-ups, and the lack of a final boss.
A potential sequel, titled Tonic Adventure or Tonic Trouble 2, was originally planned but later abandoned, because Tonic Trouble "would have not been a popular IP".
The story varies depending on the version.
In the N64 version, while Agent Ed, the main protagonist, cleans up the spaceship he is on, he finds a bug and tries to swat it. In the PC version, he is contemplating giving a present to a girl he loves, but fails when she is already in relationship with one of the ship's guards named Burk, and manages to flee him. Ed later finds a can full of a strange substance sitting on a table. He drinks it, but finds that it tastes terrible, so when a horrible sensation happens in his mouth, Ed spits the fluid out onto the floor, and some screws come to life. In the N64 version, Ed accidentally drops it into an open hole caused by the screws opening up; in the PC version, Ed panics and disposes of the can down a garbage chute.
The can falls to Earth and lands near Grögh, a drunkard who was just thrown out of a bar for not paying his tab (only in the PC version). He notices the fluid's mutagenic properties, as it transforms the surrounding environment, and upon drinking, he is pleased with the results, becoming all-powerful. When Ed's superiors find out what happened, he is ordered to clean up the mess he made and retrieve the can from Grögh.
Upon arrival on Earth, Ed is instructed to free the Doc, who is held prisoner in his cave by his malfunctioning Robosuitcase. Ed kills Robosuitcase, takes his stick, and releases Doc, who tells him to collect the parts he needs for a machine that will get him into Grögh's kingdom. Ed collects six each of springs at Vegetables HQ, propellers at North Plain, jumping stones at the Canyon, feathers at Glacier Cocktail, dominoes at the Pyramid, and pigs at the Pressure Cooker; however, the last pig is stolen by the Magic Mushroom, who intends to use it to reign supreme and wipe out mankind. After a long battle, Ed kills the Magic Mushroom with his Peashooter and recovers the last pig.
With his machine completed, Doc catapults Ed into Grögh's Kingdom, where Grögh pilots a robot and fights Ed. After admitting defeat, Grögh gives the can back to Ed. Earth is restored to normal.
Agent Ed: Agent Ed is the main protagonist of the game. He is set to clean up the disaster he made on Earth, and retrieve the mysterious can to his mothership, the S.S. Albatross.
Suzy: Suzy is the daughter of the Doc, who Agent Ed encounters upon reaching Earth. They fall in love, and she supports him with useful information regarding his adventures.
The Doc: Once free, the Doc helps Agent Ed to get to Grögh's Kingdom and retrieve the can.
Grögh: Grögh is the main antagonist of the game. A former drunkard, who, after getting himself evicted from a bar for not paying his tab, managed to drink the Tonic and thus as a result, he gained supernatural powers and crowned himself ruler of Earth.
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