Tomba! is a side-scrolling platformer in which players control Tomba, a wild boy on the search for his grandfather's bangle that was stolen by some evil pigs. Although Tomba is normally restricted to a two-dimensional plane, there are certain points where he can jump or climb onto a new plane. Tomba's main method of attack is to jump on top of enemies to grab them, allowing him to hop around on them before throwing them away. This can also be used to open other objects such as eggs or treasure chests. Tomba is also able to use various projectile weapons such as maces and boomerangs and can swing on branches and poles.

The game is based around a mission system, where the main character's (Tomba's) skills are employed to complete various tasks. Completion of a mission gives a certain amount of adventure points (AP) which are required for AP boxes which contain food (which gives you AP and restores 1 space of vitality) or items, and you may for example need 50,000 AP to open one. AP is also used to gain access to special places or information later in the game. Not all missions are necessary to progress in the game, however, they are required to achieve full completion. There are 130 events (missions) in the game, many of them rely on other events to be completed.

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cute lil thang. the debate (is it toom-ba or tom-ba) rages on

I BARELY remember playing this. I came across the disc years later and was like... oh yeah I totally played this for a very insignificant amount of time. All I remember is wishing I was playing Mario or Crash instead. LOL

Exceptionally weird for a platformer - to the point where it can be a bit of a turn-off, initially. But if you give yourself a while to feel out its rhythms and get used to the overwhelming oddness of the movement, platforming, level design, quest design, character design, menus, etc., it's actually quite a compelling little adventure.
Feels a bit like a game made by aliens, but hey, different is good! That said, there were probably better ways to do some of the stuff in here, lol.

Tomba! Such a good game. Wish I still had my physical version but that’ll probably never happen again. (It’s just getting more and more expensive) Still a good play in 2023. If you can get it digitally, it’s worth it. Unless you have no soul, I recommend this one.

How I wish I liked this game, the characters are very charismatic, the world is very alive, and the music is very pleasant, but the game is very frustrating in several moments with blind jumps, some enemies that don't give you enough time to react, and the open map doesn't work very well in a more "linear" 2D platform game like this, but what really bothered me a lot was the lives' system, the extra lives don't respawn, and the game saves the exact amount of lives you had at the time, so if you saved the game with 0 lives, be prepared to see the title screen and load the save multiple lives, because when this game has no mercy, it REALLY has no mercy. Maybe in the future I'll give this game a second chance, because I feel like it's a game that really deserves it, and maybe it was Skill Issue on my part, but I didn't find the controls and the gameplay fun enough for me to keep playing it.

Tombi is one of the most unknown games which is actually a pity. This game series has been unique and there is no other game that is anything like Tombi.