Leave it to Ubi
Soft to try and capitalize on a license long after they should.
Disney’s Tarzan seems a likely target for a video game, as it not
only features a game-friendly character, but was also a fairly big
hit when it was released…more than two years ago. Still, none of
that should matter as long as the game plays well, and from what Ubi
Soft has told us so far, it has potential.
Instead of going
the regular route for kid’s movie-based games and crafting a
standard "collect-things-that-appeared in-the-movie" 3D
adventure, Ubi Soft has decided to play off the extreme sport theme
that was featured heavily in the movie. For those of you that never
saw it, Tarzan surfed down vines and branches with his bare feet
with the greatest of ease. Ubi Soft decided to mix these extreme
elements with 3D adventure, creating what could be a unique
experience, or a horrible disaster, depending on how well it is
executed. The features announced so far include tree surfing,
standard surfboarding, vine bungee jumping and something that
resembles barefoot water skiing. These are to be combined with bits
of gameplay that involve Tarzan walking around collecting
yet-to-be-specified objects and solving puzzles.
Ubi Soft’s new
game has more potential then their short, 2D platformer based on
Tarzan, released in 1999, and should help fill out GameCube’s
platformer line-up. Tarzan Untamed will be released on
November 23, just less than a week after the release of GameCube.