Tokyo Jungle | Flashback Review
Tokyo Jungle is a game that generally defies logic… it feels like a game that could have been pitched years ago before the main stream take over of FPS games and strong narrative. It feels like a throwback to games of the past with a simple premise and game play that’s fun above all else.
The game can be hard to describe so for that reason along I suggest watching the above video to give you a proper look at the game, but I can take you through the bread and butter of it here.
10 years into a global apocalypse humans have disappeared from the earth and animals rule Tokyo. Ex pets fight for supremacy against kings of the jungle and even dinosaurs (thanks to some crazy wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff going on). You job is too survive, either as a herbivore or carnivore what ever animals you choose for as long as possible.
The game is just one long survival mode, made for quick fun single or multiplayer sessions again just like old style games. The story mode plays second fiddle to repeated survival mode playthroughs as you unlock story episodes which focus on specific animals that show you how the world ow works and eventually delve into what actually happened to the world.
Now while you might not be expecting much from the story all the chapters animals have interlinking stories and you do actually gain some attachment to these characters which can make for rather sad moments when you find yourself killing animals you went through crazy situations to protect one chapter ago.
The game play is fun, there’s no other way to describe it. While your going to want to spend the bigger portion of your time playing the hunters as killing is just more fun then stealth in a game like this. As the years pass in the game you’ll find yourself needing to constantly hunt for food, breed as old age can effect you, completing challenges and unlocking new animals and gear to wear. You’ll never be short of things to do even is the scope of the game is limited… but the game did start as a PSP game in the first place. So it’s offset with a small price and lower end graphics which don’t spoil the experience in any way, just don’t be expecting it to look like the new Zoo Tycoon.
All in all your doing yourself a disservice if you skip this game over, it’s a quick fun game that’s heavily addictive so you’ll find yourself coming back again and again to get the next big animal to play!