"The famous cartoon cat and mouse duo, Tom & Jerry have appeared in various video games during their later years of cartoon entertainment."
SNES gamers who have been chasing their tails in search of a classic cartoon adventure can stop scurrying around. Hi-Tech Expressions presents Tom and Jerry in another cat-versus-mouse action game.
At first glance, this hop-and-bop game appears to be just a cute game for the younger set that's been derived from the NES version. However, if you're patient, you'll find that Tom and Jerry dish out more action than you'd get at a cat fight.
In this tricky, side-view, multi-scrolling adventure game, you can play Jerry or his little pal Tuffy (in alternating two-player mode). Your goal is simple enough: make your way through four levels -- from the downtown premiere of your new flick, "Tom and Jerry the Movie," to the comforts of your mouse hole. Old Tom, however, has mouse-mashing plans, and he's got a gang of bugs, wind-up monster toys, and assorted creatures to help him.
Your perilous journey takes you through a movie theater, a junk yard, a toy store, and your house. You must gather Marbles to throw at Tom's gang, Cheese Bits to rack up points towards extra lives, and Cheese Wedges to restore your life meter.
Jerry needs all the help he can get, because this game is tough. You start out with five lives, which disappear quickly, and there are no continues.
Creatures attack you from the air and from the ground. Watch your step, too! If you fall from too high a spot, you lose an entire life.
- In the movie theater, you reach a point in the Projection Boom where it seems as though you can't jump any further. First, pummel the windup monster with marbles. Then continue to jump on the lower film strip's projector until you eventually spring to the upper level of film.
- To beat Tom in the third part of Level 1, stand to the left of the screen just before you see his head pop up. Then, throw marbles at his head. Ten good shots and he's a goner.
- To reach some ledges, you must make a running start before you leap.
Fine Don't Lose Your Marbles
As in the NES game, Marbles are your defense. You toss them overhead at flying enemies and along the ground at crawling critters. If all else fails, jump on your opponents or avoid them altogether by jumping over them. Because Jerry is easy to control, avoiding dangers is sometimes the easiest way to avoid damage.
Furry Graphics & Sounds
Tom and Jerry's graphics are cartoon cute. The lovable characters are at their TV finest, and the colors are crisp. As for the music, it's unobtrusive and blends in well with the game play.
- When traveling through the Movie Theater just before you reach Tom, keep your sled tip up and keep hopping. You'll avoid most enemies that way. You only need to keep at least one life to make it to the next stage.
- If time is running out, don't try to grab all the Cheese Bits. Instead, go to the end of the level.
Calling All Cheese Burners
Tom and Jerry is cute, but challenging. At first, the action seems a little mousey, but you'll be hard-pressed to get through this game. You'll take to this game like a feline to catnip, whether you're a die-hard Tom and Jerry fan or you just like to play cat and mouse.
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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!
Speaking of cats and mice, Tom and Jerry are about to go Nintendo! Yes, the troublesome twosome causes more manic mayhem than ever before in their very own single player 8-bit adventure titled, what else, Tom and Jerry. In this hyper-action game, Jerry must rescue his buddy, Tuffy, who's locked up in the attic -- guess who put him there?! The search begins down in the basement. From there Jerry must work his way through the kitchen, out the window onto a tree limb, then up onto the roof. And that's only the beginning. Then he must slide down the chimney, scurry through the living room, and, finally, sneak up into the attic. It sounds simple, but it's no mean task when you're just few a inches tall, and you've got a cat and countless other creatures, including Flies, Bats, and Squirrels, hot on your tail! Can Jerry outwit Tom and save his pal or will he get nipped by a cat?