Galactic Taz Ball
Pop A Couple of Dramamines and Take Galactic Taz for a Spin!
What It Is
Some video games are like a good book, and once you start playing, they’re hard to put down. Galactic Taz Ball, from Warner Bros. Interactive, is one such, level-turning game. Galactic Taz stars everyone’s favorite Looney Tunes whirling dervish, the Tasmanian Devil aka Taz, in a hilarious, fast-paced adventure to stop Marvin the Martian and find a giant chicken leg!
This wacky adventure game is divided into five distinctly themed worlds including a forest, jungle and tundra. Each world is made up of multiple levels containing floating courses that the player has to guide Taz through while collecting coins and defeating or avoiding enemies. Controlling Taz is done solely with the touch-screen and a digital track ball on the screen that allows players to move Taz and get him up to spinning speed. Taz will encounter all sorts of Marvin’s robot henchman along the course. Some can be defeated by spinning through them, but others will require the player to stop Taz from spinning and perform a ground-slam (jump up and crash down) move. Each world ends with a unique boss battle at the end, and each boss is more difficult to defeat than the previous one.
Why It’s Fun
Most of Galactic Taz involves the player racing through each course at a fast and frenzied pace with the added challenge of keeping Taz under control so that he doesn’t spin over the edge and plummet to the ground below. You may remember that old arcade game, Marble Madness, with the track ball control system? Galactic Taz is like that just much, much faster!
As you guide Taz through each level, you will encounter several entrances to the Underworld, where the game suddenly changes pace and requires players to guide Taz from the entrance to the exit by manipulating a series of conveyor belts and mechanical elements including springs, fans and claws. These Underworld areas offer a great opportunity to collect coins, extra lives and Golden Kiwi Birds but players will have to figure out the right mechanical combinations to reach these items. Speaking of the Golden Kiwi Birds, (And who wouldn’t want to?) there are five birds scattered throughout each level in both the Underworld and overworld areas. You don’t have to find them all to advance to the next level but finding them becomes a rewarding experience on it’s own and players can return to a cleared level later to try to find any kiwi birds that were missed.
All of the worlds have that distinct Looney Tunes cartoon look and sounds, including all of Taz’s screams, grunts, belches and fart noises.
Who’s Going To Love It
Galactic Taz is going to appeal to a wide range of gamers, from kids as young as four to adults and casual gamers of any age. The game contains three difficulty levels — Fun, Challenging and Crazy — which will allow gamers of varying skill levels to enjoy the game while being challenged but not frustrated.
What To Be Aware Of
You can return to any level once completing it and try to beat your best time or find the rest of the Golden Kiwi Birds. If you find all of the birds and beat the clock, concept art from the game will be unlocked in the extras section.
4 out of 5
It has to be fun or it wouldn’t be on Time to Play. But some games are more fun than others so here’s our scale: 1 is fun, 2 is a lot of fun, 3 is great, 4 is awesome and 5 is out-of-this-world!
Video Game Information
Galactic Taz Ball
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
System: Nintendo DS
Available: Now, at most major retail, toy, gaming specialty shops and many online e-commerce sites.
Launch Date: Fall, 2010
Date of Review: September 2010