Tigger's Treasure Hunt


Review by Nathan Dunsmore



Graphics: 9

Sound: 5

Gameplay: 7

Overall: 7


A game with such a cute appearance and tender heart as Tigger’s Honey Hunt (THH) does not begin to tug at the chains that bind the N64 to its “kiddy console” label. Ultimately not as deep, THH walks a thin line between young and old gamers that developers Nintendo and Rare have mastered for years.

tiggerstreasurehunt1n64.jpg (38413 bytes)Pooh is making preparations for the biggest bash ever in the 100-Acre Wood and needs one final party favor: honey. Doing what Tigger’s do best, Tigger winds up the spring in his tail and sets off on the noble search.

The escapade pans out over a map designating nine locations of the honey. Three are unexciting mini games that desperately try to stretch the game’s mileage. For perfection, there are a grand total of 100 honey pots to attain from each location and only special skills acquired from performing good deeds for Tigger’s friends will enable you to find them all. Older gamers will break no sweat over doing this so Doki Denki Studio sweetens the pot by adding more missions such as photo gathering and breaking time trials. Enemies are few and far between, making the game a more soothing, carefree trip.

Environments are an engaging pop-up book, paying homage to a couple of Winnie the Pooh’s classic children’s stories. Painted backdrops, cheerful scenery, silky frame rate, and cameos from the entire Pooh crew spring these stories to life. It has an obvious advantage of being a 2D game with 3D graphics but the truth remains, this is one of the better looking games in the N64’s wood.

Fancy-free melodies breathe relaxation into the atmosphere. The absence of voiceovers, on the other hand, hampers the character’s sense of identity, leaving behind hyperactive bobble heads. As a game aimed at a younger audience, this takes the bounce right out of its step. Tigger’s annoying damage intake can override the sound completely.

Feel good games do not always have to involve pounding faces and pumping people with lead. Save for the lost presence of voiceovers, THH pins the tail on Eeyore. It is most ideal for younger players, and those who grew up loving the series, but feel too grown-up to venture into the 100-Acre Wood again will be in for a real treat.


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Last updated: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 11:27 PM