An excellent game that anyone with a PlayStation should have!

User Rating: 9.5 | Tombi! PS
It is many many years since the release of Tomba, (or Tombi as we Europeans call it) yet it is still one of my favorite games (if not THE favorite). If this review makes anyone buy the game then I have succeeded writing this. If not... Well, at least I'll have fun writing it :)

Tomba is a very strange game. It starts as the evil pigs have stolen your grandpas golden bracelet, and you have to get it back. Along the game you meet many interesting characters like Charles, a monkey which is always in need of your help, Yan of the hidden village, whom you have to play hide and seek with, and Baron, a dog you rescue. As the game progresses, you are told that there are seven more powerful evil pigs. You are given the task to defeat these evil pigs by first finding their corresponding evil pig bags. You then have to find a door to each evil pigs lair and seal them inside the evil pig bag. Surely something you've never done before in any game!

The game consists of many different quests you can do. Some are necessary to do if you want to progress with the game, opening new areas of the game or giving you the necessary items to get past an area and some are optional that give you more lives or AP. You don't actually have to do too many of the quests to beat the game, but if you want to do all the quests, then expect to be playing for quite a long time. Some quests are easy, where you have to go from place A to place B, but some are very, and I mean VERY hard. I personally haven't finished all the quests. Some of them because I didn't know how to do it, and some because I just didn't have the motivation. Generally speaking, the quests are challenging enough to keep you busy for a long time, but none of them is impossible... If you got GameFaqs open while you play.

The graphics... Well, they were good back then! But if graphics make a difference in whether you will buy a game or not, then this game is definitely not for you. The graphics aren't ugly. They're just aged.

I just love the music Tomba has! Sure, they can be a bit repetitive over time, but there's different music for every area. So if you don't stay in one area for too much time, you really shouldn't get bored of the music. Once again, the music is aged. Not like NES games, but you won't be hearing anything with few dozen instruments. It's all a matter of personal preference, but I like my games having the music that really captures the essence of the game, or an area of the game. This exactly what the music of Tomba does. I wonder if I could find this game's soundtrack somewhere...

Tomba isn't for everyone. Some might love it (like me) and some might not stand it for more than a minute. I like it because it's really relaxing to play. All the way from gameplay to music. It's simple and fun. It also has some great humor in it. It's got enough quests to keep you playing for hours, but you could have still hoped for more. One thing I don't like is the boss fights. The only thing you have to do is jump on the evil pig and throw it in the pig bag. I got the last boss of the game in the bag on my first try... That was kind of a disappointment, considering how much time it required for me to get there. Tomba sure is a game to divide opinions. But I suggest trying it, as it could be one of the best games you have ever played.