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Tail Concerto: Playstation 1

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  • 9 levels with detailed 3D rendered graphics, variety of weapons, items, and upgrades, variety of animated cut-scenes and interactive characters

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  • ASIN: B00001ZUHU
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,812 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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After bouncing between Activision and a few other US publishers, Tail Concerto has finally been released in the US. Originally developed by toy mega-marketer Bandai, Tail Concerto represents a shockingly uncharacteristic attention to originality and production value. A delightful, light 3D platformer perfect for gamers of all ages, Tail Concerto doesn't quite live up to its potential, but it is enjoyable all the same.

Tail Concerto takes place in the fantasy world of Prairie, a floating archipelago inhabited by bipedal, anthropomorphized dogs and cats. Racial strife is rampant - the cats of the world, lacking government representation, feel oppressed by the dogs who rule over Prairie. Three feline sisters, Alicia, Flare, and Stare recruit a small army of adorable kittens and form the Black Cats Gang, a radical military organization designed to help the cats split away and form their own nation. Influenced by the nefarious Fool, they seek five legendary crystals, which they believe can create a nation for them. Unbeknownst to the three sisters, the crystals are actually the key to resurrecting the Iron Giant, an apocalyptic robot whose enormous pieces are embedded throughout Prairie's islands. Enter Waffle, a work-a-day cop with a floppy-armed robotic suit. Having foiled the Black Cat Gang's first attacks, Waffle gets the unfortunate assignment of locking up the three sisters, as well as apprehending any minions encountered along the way.

As cliche as much of Tail Concerto's story is, its gameplay is surprisingly fresh for a 3D platformer. Waffle's suit is equipped with a bubble gun, a teleport device, and the aforementioned floppy arms. The bubble gun will can damage any enemy vehicles, as well as temporarily immobilize any fleeing kittens. After grabbing the cats, Waffle tosses them into the teleporter on his back, instantaneously whisking them away to prison. On a more sadistic note, Waffle can also pick up pieces of furniture in people's houses and smash them against walls, serving no real purpose in the game. More useful, especially on the bosses, is the ability to pick up and lob back the bombs that the enemies generally attack with. Waffle's suit can also perform a majority of the other 3D platformer basics, such as climb and move hand-over-hand while hanging. In one stage, Waffle can equip his suit with a jetpack, fly about a huge debris field, and hop from island to island, occasionally pausing to let his jets cool. Even though Tail Concerto is primarily an action game, a number of little quests, spoken dialogue, and anime cutscenes are liberally scattered throughout the game to move the story forward and keep the game from becoming mindless.

Prairie is a beautifully envisioned 3D world, complete with forests, floating reefs of island debris, and huge mechanical fortresses. Virtually every surface is textured, and each environment is alive with animation and detail. Tail Concerto's 3D engine is speedy enough, but it has a high rate of polygon dropout and sorting errors. The game's camera intelligently pans most of the time, but it has trouble in some tight places. During action scenes, you can adjust the camera's position relative to Waffle, allowing for some minor control. Limited as it may be, the standard viewpoint is sufficient almost all the time, with the extra camera angles just helping out in a few situations. The game's excellent anime sequences, fluidly animated and lushly colored, also show an impressive level of effort. Tail Concerto's music is not as grand as the game's title might imply, however. The peaceful and subdued score is fairly hummable, but it does not stand out enough to warrant any special mention. On an unfortunate note, Bandai of Japan deemed the beautiful J-Pop intro song of the Japanese version to be "for Japan only," and replaced it in the US version with a rather weak orchestral piece. The game's sound effects are clear and effective, using voice often to tell the game's story and add personality to the boss encounters. Atlus' text and voice adaptation is very well done overall, truly giving the player the feeling of an interactive cartoon.

Tail Concerto's only real flaw is its length. Experienced players will breeze through the game in less than five hours, almost never having to push the limits of their gaming prowess. The game feels as though it could've been a lot more. For example, the jetpack stage is practically only a bonus stage, but it could've been used as a training session for a real jetpack action scene. Instead, the jetpack is nothing more than a gimmick for one minor quest. With gaping holes of opportunity like that, some players are bound to feel a tinge of dissatisfaction after completing the game.

Bandai has an excellent starting point for a series on its hands. Tail Concerto's furry world and gameplay basics could create an exceptional game when fleshed out beyond their current state. Even in its current state, however, Tail Concerto is definitely worth a look - games this pleasant and light don't come along that often, and they are a welcome change from the norm. --Peter Bartholow
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very cute but . . . September 12, 2000
In light of the many depressing games that have been released for the PSX lately. (Depressing as in terrible games, not depressing story lines.) This game does come out somewhat. The kittens are out of control and it is your job, as a police officer, to keep them under control. The game is cute, however the game is a tad easy.
The game's cartoony look and feel certainly add to the appeal, a kind of disneyish look (remember the old TV show Tail Spin?) that will certainly appeal to the younger crowd. Unfortunately this very same look and feel will certainly turn away many many older players. The game certainly lacks the big-eyed-small-nose look that many Japanese anime characters have (Did you know that look actually originated here in the States?).
I always wished that game companies took care with the game play on games like this. For someone like myself (who can blow through Half-Life in less than an hour on the hard setting.) found this game a bit easy. However, I noticed that even though the game play was too easy it was also too inconsistent. Getting and using the jet pack would frustrate almost any younger player. (How many know to look for the shadow?) fighting some of the bosses would frustrate a few as well. Not exactly a perfect learning curve. And why do certain things hurt you, like the little auto's driving around? The main character walks around in a big robot' suit. A little odd.
Despite it's drawbacks, I figure this game will be a nice little sleeper title with a small but dedicated following (any one remember Kid Chameleon?) In about five or ten years, many kids today will be scrounging auctions sites for this title. Trying to grab a little bit of their child hood back.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Based On Japaneese Demo December 13, 2001
When I heard of this game, I bought a Playstation Undergroung Jampack. This was the import demo. Although it was the wrong format (PAL) and it was almost entirely in Japaneese, I thought it was a great game. I think it's about some cat like people fighting these evil cat chicks that like blowing stuff up. Dispite the demo I played being in Japaneese and the PAL format, I thought this had high enetertainment value and I hope it doesn't become a victim of Sony's "mass discontinument" (yes, I know that's not a real word) where they're discontinuing almost all the games (even Crash and Spyro). I hope to buy the full version (in English and the NSTC/UC format) soon before it goes away.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A PERFECT 10/10 on everything.....I remember playing this game on the JAMPACK back in 1999. The second I played it I got so addicted to it, and soon I really liked playing the game. I was really happy Japan released it here. What I love most about the game is the music, which sets the a really happy mood, and makes you wanna play the game! It's aimed towards younger audience, but I'm 18 and still enjoy it. In the game the MOVIE cutscenes are simply AMAZING!! Everything is hand drawn and it looks like you are watching a real cartoon show. The graphics in TAIL CONCERTO are very good! All the characters look detailed with nice smooth layout. And the environments look great. The music definately helps the game a lot. The coolest thing in the game is that you never have to read anything for the most part. All the characters talk. And the voice acting is great! I actually never skipped the talking because it's kinda cool they way WAFFLE and the BLACK CATS GANG fight with each other! ^___^ And how well all the characters interact with each other. And the voice acting is EXCELLENT. Simply a top notch performance in my opinion but I'm sure you will think the same after playing this game for 10 minutes. This game is one of my favorite games ever, and if you like playing cartoony happy games, with fun challenges and lots of bosses and HIGHLY addictive music, you will definately HAVE TO get this game. I highly recomend it. And I bought it right here on AMAZON.COM. And it was worth the [money] that I paid for it. GET THIS GAME! Not to mention it's very rare to find. Thanks...
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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it September 17, 2010
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
A friend of mine introduced me to this game when I was in 6th grade & I fell in love with it. It was fun & enjoyable. It has a interesting plot with a few anime clips, which makes the game even more enjoyable. The playthrough is smooth & crisp, which was great quality at the time it was created. Also, I thought Alicia, Stare, & Flare were cute. Plus the 3D graphics were pretty amazing for a 64-bit processor console.

On the downside, I wish the game had lasted longer. I was able to beat half of the game in less than 3 hrs. It's a really easy game to beat if you are a hardcore gamer. I give it a 4 out of 5 because it's really short. If the game had been longer, I would have given it a 5 out of 5.

Overall, I enjoyed this game. And I'm glad I still have it. It's probably rare now. Still I would recommend this game to anyone who is a fan of platform, anime, & platform games.

Tail Concerto is a short, unique platform game that you will enjoy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy or not to buy January 15, 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
1. The scenes are animated not all that 3-D people do alot of latley.It is very smooth and time well taken it is almost like your watching a plain tv show When the cut scenes come.

2.The story line is very nicely done And the char.s are very colorful full of life to them.

3. It is good for all ages, challeneging and very cute.

4.Good for Old school gamers and Anime lovers.
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