Tom and Jerry are at it again! This time the fat cat's gone and abducted Jerry's cousin, Tuffy, and stuffed him in a trunk in the attic. Jerry's got to get up to the attic and let Tuffy out before he runs out of air -- that's a pretty long trek when you're under three inches tall!
A Mouse In the House
High Tech's done big daddy Hanna Barbera proud. Video game Tom and Jerry are spitting images of their cartoon counterparts, and they've got the animated moves to match their good looks.
It's a long, long way to the top, and Jerry starts as low as you can go. The fiasco begins in the basement. From there Jerry works his way up into the kitchen, inside walls and drainpipes, onto the roof, down the chimney, and, finally, across the living room where he makes his final dash to the attic. Add it all up and you have five three-part levels of cat and mousing.
- Position Jerry just in front of the webs and fire at spiders from a distance.
- If Jerry must jump off a ledge, don't hold down on the jump button (Button A) too long. If you do, Jerry gets too much ooomph in his jump, and he'll hurt himself when he lands.
This adventure's a bit on the "cheesy" side -- and that's a good thing. Cheese bits are hidden throughout the house, Jerry depends on these delicacies for points (50,000 Cheese Bonus points equals an extra life) and to keep his health meter fit. With only three lives, Jerry can't afford not to be a cheese-miser. If you find yourself tempted to forgo that out of the way piece of cheese, think twice. It could mean the difference between life and mouse-mortem.
Using His Marbles
Things look bad for the stunt-mouse. Ordinary household annoyances and common appliances present extraordinary problems. Jerry needs all of his jumping/climbing prowess, which fortunately happens to be both great and easy to control. He spends much of the time trying to avoid hazards such as spider webs and hot embers. When he's not avoiding dangers, he's tossing an endless supply of marbles at an equally deep gang of mini-brutes, including squirrels, bees, and angry spiders. Secret items are available for limited use in very specific circumstances, but finding 'em is your problem!
- Jerry can pick up two pieces of bubble gum in Stage One. Use one to help him reach the top of the boiler and escape the basement. Save the other to reach some out of the way goodies in Stage Two.
- Avoid the popping com in the Kitchen by simply malting a beeline, without stopping, straight for the end of the pot and then taking a flying leap right over the Пате. The key is to keep moving.
The Tale of Cat and Mouse
This is one of the few times you'll want a mouse in your house, really. One of the better 8-bit titles out this year, Tom and Jerry offers a decent level of challenge and animation that's worth its weight in cheese. Grab a controller and catch that mouse!
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