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Tamarin

Posted by GG Goblin On September - 22 - 2020

It’s all cute until someone gives the monkey a gun.

 
In the world of monkeys, the Tamarin really did get an extra helping of cuteness. Their cute, fluffy faces will bring all but the hardest hearted of us to our knees, and so they are the perfect applicant for any job that involves being the hero of a 3D action platformer. Chameleon Games obviously realised this and snapped up the little monkey to be the star of their new game. In fact, they even named the game after the monkey. Tamarin is a single player 3D action platformer featuring the super cute, fluffy monkey, and should be nothing short of a lovingly adorable adventure. But then someone gave the monkey an Uzi and everything changed.

 


 
Look, the video game world is filled with anthropomorphic animals that take pot shots at each other, and so arming a Tamarin monkey with a small machine gun should come as no surprise. The problem is that it all feels at odds with the other side of the game, the side where the player is enjoying the animations of the monkey as they explore a reasonably pretty world. One minute, Tamarin is a wholesome family adventure, and the next it is Rambo with fur. It is strange, but I may be rushing ahead a little. Let’s go back to the start.

 
Tamarin doesn’t really offer much by way of story, just that the Tamarins were enjoying a quiet life when a bunch of anthropomorphic ants came along, burned down their homes and even took some of these monkeys prisoner. It is quite a shocking start to the game, offering some scenes that feel like they should come with a donation page. Still, this gives the player a good reason to head off into the world and rescue the other Tamarins.

 
Cast out into the world, the Tamarin will have to get down to some fun platforming as they try to explore every nook and cranny that they can see. Why? Because there is absolutely no guidance as to what the player is supposed to do, or where they should go. Eventually, they may come across fireflies that will be needed to open new areas to explore, or they may come across a hedgehog that will offer a new ability in exchange for something, which the player will then have to go and find. The range of movement that the Tamarin can employ is slightly limited, but works for the most part. The only thing to take exception with are the areas where the Tamarin can make an extra long jump, something which only becomes apparent when the monkey reaches an edge. Aside from locking off the ability to jump to areas the developer doesn’t want the player to explore, I can’t see any other reason for this restriction.

 


 
Along with the complete lack of direction, the player will also have to deal with similar environments as they explore, making finding their way even more difficult. The outside world is bright and filled with colour, which is very enjoyable to explore even if the player gets lost or doesn’t know where they are going. When the action goes inside though, that sense of enjoyment is taken away as things get much less cheery, and the evil ants don’t help.

 
Still, when the player is not exploring the world and collecting stuff, they will be playing a very different game. Occasionally, the hedgehog will provide the Tamarin with a gun and then it is time to make those ants pay. There is nothing cute here as the player works through these third-person shooter sections, tearing the ant enemies to pieces in a hail of bullets and guts. Limbs will be flying everywhere, but the player will have to take care because the stiff aiming can easily lead to death for the creatures the Tamarin is supposed to be rescuing. Once the shooting is over, the weapons go back to the Hedgehog arms dealer and the player is back to platforming and exploring.

 
Tamarin is a game that harkens back to a simpler time in video gaming and has a strong sense of nostalgia. This may come as no surprise when former members of Rare are part of the development team at Chameleon Games. However, even with that sense of nostalgia Tamarin struggles with a strange identity crisis and some poor design choices.

 


 
The Tamarin monkey really is the star of the show here, looking positively adorable. The music in the game is also enjoyable. However, from there things start going downhill. The platforming is serviceable and the environments are nice. But there is little of no guidance for the player, and the shooting sections feel completely out of place, and are not that much fun either. Tamarin may attract players with its cute protagonist, but only those looking for the strange and bizarre will find Tamarin worth more than the briefest glance.

 

 ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ 



 

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