A game of its OWN kind.
The story is pretty straight forward, at first, but then the twists and turns in the story will keep u going on till the end. The story begins with your precious bracelet (handed down to u by your grandpa) being stolen by some Pigs, and you then following their path to reach a village. It starts as a journey to recover the bracelet but in course of your journey you find out about the EVIL SWINEs and their evil deeds and finally getting rid of them all and saving the world:D. As you progress from one place to the other, you will find many NPC, most of the story is driven by the NPC who each have a story to tell and help to ask, and helping each character is the key to getting through the various places as they help you to a very great extent, some teach u new moves, and some might give you some items that are required to pass through certain areas. Each place has its story to tell and each place and its surrounding is cursed by one of the evil swines which completely transformed the area into a melancholic place. And sometimes transforming the citizens into different creatures than what they are.
The basic thing is that u will have to go to each of the 100, 1000, 1000000……. Year Old men and get to know of what and who has cursed the place and try to regain peace and harmony in all lands, you will have to find a Pig bag which is hidden in nearby places to the areas which are cursed and only then u will be able to see the layer of the evil pigs , somewhere in that cursed land, you will have to fight them and capture them in the pig bags to lift the curse off the place. Every area transforms into the former form when you capture the evil pig of that area, giving u new places to explore which were not available before.
The whole adventuring is done by the way of Missions that the NPC give u, the mission when given is mentioned on the screen and also when you finish a particular mission the CLEARED word is shown, along with the missions objective. This way of mission oriented but NON-Linear gameplay really makes playing this game a VERY special experience.
Gameplay wise the game does many good things, by giving u different ways to attack and the primary way being, u jumping on Evil pigs, biting them and then tossing them. you will learn to swim, dash like an animal, dive, and many other things, you will also have many items to use, you can use your dog BARON, who has huge ears like DUMBO, to fly from one area to another, removing the burden of traveling all way from one place to the other. Many minigames in the game are also present and they are fun to play. The game also has its platforming moments, with many jumps and tricky moves to get to different places, The RPG elements in the game improve your strength and increase your level of experience, having a HIGH AP is very imp ;) as It will unlock a secret in the NEXT game (Tomba 2).Every part of the game is a puzzle having u to figure out what to do and HOW to do it. Mostly by collection items and finding possible routes to new areas and machinery which on using might alter the situations in places.
Graphically it is quite simple, it is complete 2D but you can go from the background to foreground in many areas, Backgrounds are nicely done especially the mushroom forest. Every other part of the graphics is as good as it gets on PSone (2D).
The Music in the game is exceptionally well done and it easily gets stuck in your mind:D u will travel through many diverse localities and meet many strange characters, adding great interest into the players mind. The enchanted mushroom forest will excite and also maybe scare as you see all those BIG flower faces laugh haughtily as you walk by and eat mushrooms, which either makes u cry or laugh.
All in all the game is a awesome package which will re-introduce to u the feeling that u got when you played games for the first time. I would recommend it to any gamer who loves playing platformers and also to the ones who are searching for a new and unique experience.