Known as 'Tomba' in the US, Tombi was one of the most understated and overlooked RPG/platformers from some thirteen (woah!) years ago. The story follows a young, pink-haired wild boy in search of his grandfather's lost golden bracelet. To do this he must go through hell and high water to battle the 'Seven Evil Koma Pigs' who have an apparent facination with golden objects. Wacky? Most definately, but such is the charm that this game brings!
The gameplay is 2D and follows the basic platforming principles of running, jumping, collecting, swimming, swinging, killing bad guys, and helping talking monkeys find their pants. All in a day's work, eh? The RPG element of the game comes in the shape of events that help you go from one stage to another. Tombi stores all the items he collects (in his stomach!) and you are able to use them at specific points to help you advance, solve puzzles and aid friends.
The visuals on this game, I have to say, are absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful, strong colours form the backdrops of forests, jungles, villages etc. The music is also a big thumbs up. I still end up humming some of the tunes from this game when i'm out and i'm sure you will too. Very catchy, and suit the scenarios wonderfully.
This classic game is very family friendly and is most definately a great ice breaker for anyone new to the gaming world. The length of the game is relatively short - however, hunting for all the different items and clearing all the events makes up for this, and whenever you replay this game, you normally discover things you didn't realise the first time around. Superb.