Tak and the Power of Juju (GC) Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Tak and the Power of Juju by Avalanche Software and THQ.
Tak and the Power of Juju is a 3D platformer that released on multiple platforms. It follows the story of a young boy named Tak who is tasked with saving the moon juju and the people of Pupanunu village. The story is humorous in nature and features 10 different locations including Tak’s village and Chicken Island. Each area has a different environment such as deserts, forests and tropical islands. The game also spawned two direct sequels, The Staff of Dreams and The Great Juju Challenge.
Much of the game relies on the collection of various items, much like other 3D platformers at the time, but I will admit that once I got to the part where you need to collect 100 hidden objects the will to continue began to fade and ultimately I stopped playing.
The game is played in a third person perspective and you control Tak around the game world. As you might guess there are a lot of platforming elements that you’ll need to take advantage of including jumping and swinging on ropes. The game also has various items that you’ll acquire which will aid Tak in his journey including a slingshot which can be used to hit coconuts or animals to get them to do something. You can also ride animals that you befriend as well and they add special elements to the game. The Rhino for example can smash through wooden fences to reach new areas (Somewhat similar to the rhino in Donkey Kong Country).
The game’s combat system is fairly fast paced and you can fight with Tak’s club or a bamboo pole to name only 2 of the weapons you can acquire. Tak also acquires the magic as well and there are various types including restorative and offensive abilities. To restore lost health and mana Tak must collect multi-colored feathers that are within the game world or dropped by enemies. Yellow feathers restore health while blue feathers restore mana.
Overall, Tak and the Power of Juju is a pretty entertaining game but it does get a bit boring after a while, especially since the majority of the game revolves around collecting a bunch of items. The story is humorous and the platforming is fun too. If you’re interested in 3D platformers then it’s definitely worth checking out, it might even be a nostalgia hit to many of you that might have played it when you were younger.
Thanks a lot for taking the time to read this review folks. I’ll be back with my next one soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
-Shaun Meyers out!
Tak and the Power of Juju$46.57
- Great Sense of Humor
- Fun Platforming Gameplay
- Animals Are Useful for Progression
- Looks Great
- Good Music
- Relies Too Much On Item Collection for Progression
- Gets A Bit Repetitive Collecting Items All The Time
- Not Much Replay Value