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Disney’s Tarzan

Score: 100%
ESRB: Everyone
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Digital Eclipse
Media: Cartridge/1
Players: 1 - 2
Genre: Action/ Platformer (2D)

Graphics & Sound:

Wow! A spectacular amount of lush color was packed into this game. The graphics are beautifully rendered, some of the best I’ve seen on the Game Boy Color yet. And if there is one thing Disney knows, it’s animation, and Tarzan really shines. Jamming jungle beats are pumping throughout the levels, and the sound effects are excellent.


This game is a joy to play, no matter what your age. The game parallels the movie, with Tarzan growing up as you progress through the challenging levels, romping through the jungle, avoiding everything from puffer fish and snakes to the evil Clayton himself! In addition to the Single Player action game for Disney’s Tarzan, there is also a 2-Player Hide N’ Seek game where one player as Tarzan hides and the other player as Terk, seeks. I didn’t enjoy this game quite as much, but it was a nice extra for those times when there’s only one Game Boy and two people that wanna play. There is also a Paint N’ Print section where you can combine jungle backgrounds with character and prop “stamps” from the movie, and print out your creations with the Game Boy Printer. I love a game with extra goodies!


Not ridiculously hard or easy. Like any game, Tarzan gets harder as you go, but it’s addictive as well. In the beginning levels, you aren’t overwhelmed with enemies, but instead it’s just a matter of mastering Tarzan’s moves. As for Hide N’ Seek, well... that depends on how good your opponent is. ;) Paint N’ Print is very simple to use.

Game Mechanics:

The controls were a bit awkward at first, as the “A” button was used to jump. Once I got this down, it was just sit back and play. Tarzan uses his Power Jump (run and jump) a lot, and the catch n’ grab or hang was very useful as well. The lack of obvious violence in a kid’s game is very nice, as Tarzan can’t “kill” the enemies, only avoid them. And when your last spear (life) is used up in Tarzan, a cartoon pic appears that says Try Again. Again, nicely handled. If you or your child is a Tarzan fan, this is a good one to pick up. With the great gameplay and the extra goodies it has, it’s quite a value.

-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins

GameBoy Color/Pocket Mr. Driller GameBoy Color/Pocket Toonsylvania

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