Publisher: Zeppelin Games
Developer: As above
Release Date: 1991
Code: David Sowerby
GFX: Neil Hislop
Music: Adam Gilmore
ZZAP64 Game Rating: 63%
Our Game Rating: 70%
Completed & Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi & Kungfufurby
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Good old Zeppelin games. You’ve gotta love ’em 🙂 They released some cool games in their day, and also some real duds to balance it out. Tai Chi Tortoise is a middle of the road platformer that just doesn’t quite make the grade (ZZAP 64 magazine only rated it 63%). It’s still fun to play, but in my eyes it’s lacking something that I just can’t put my finger on it. AH! – I know what it is… it’s lacking a bloody good ending…
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: We both used a trainer version of the game that allowed us to jump straight to the end.
I have also produced a crazy hack for this game that adds various new features, and one of them includes jumping straight to the game ending 🙂 You can download the crazy hack from http://www.hackersoft.co.uk.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: The game comes to a final end with the standard title screen ‘Tai Chi Tortoise’ logo, along with the ending text that reads: “NOT BAD GOING FOR A TORTOISE. RATATOUI AND HIS VERMIN FRIENDS HAVE BEEN BLOWN TO KINGDOM COME! TAI CHI TORTOISE CAN RETURN TO HIS FAVOURITE LETTUCE PATCH KNOWING THE WORLD IS SAFE AGAIN! OR IS IT!” This is accompanied by a very short ditty.
Vinny: I actually enjoy playing this game, though it does lake a little sustenance, which could also be said for the ending – and some!
Kungfufurby: So this is my first game that I got through, and all I get is one screen? Well, I’m OK with that, but remember that there are a bunch of other C64 games that have one screen endings… and the recycled Title Screen graphic is a thumbs down with me. At least it’s better than Turbo the Tortoise, another games related to turtles.
Hmm… one screen… a recycled piece of graphic… I’d give this a 2.5/10. The ending storyline nets 1 point (a mere congratulatory screen would have made me put a 0.5 here), and the music boosts it up by 1 point. An extra 0.5 points will be added for the title screen graphic being put there… but no more. That graphic is recycled, so it doesn’t deserve more than that. If it were something unique for a graphic, I’d give it something higher than this. This is boring and generic… that’s all I can say.
Andy Vaisey: The Rowland Brothers had a lot to answer for in the late 1990’s. The release of their widely popular ‘Creatures’ led to an explosion (in my eyes) of various games ‘starring’ different types of animal, with many publishers seemingly jumping on the bandwagon and hoping to soak up some of the Creatures popularity and success.
Unfortunately, in all respects, Tai Chi Tortoise fails to live up to Creatures, particularly in the ending. Big pantaloons I’m afraid…
Brendan Phoenix: Never even heard of this game! Doesn’t look too brilliant to be honest and the ending has those oh soooo boring multi coloured letters. Yawn.
Andrew Fisher: I’d blame Sonic more than the Rowlands for the “animal” explosion. Of course, there was also the old cartoon Touche Turtle. Hmm, animal explosion. Sounds like a good idea. *puts a pile of dynamite under Tai Chi Tortoise and its terrible ending*
FINAL SAY: A slow paced ending – just like the death of a tortoise
G.E. RATING: 2.5 / 10