Video Game / Tomba!

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Tomba!, known as Tombi in Europe and Ore! Tomba in Japan, is a cult-favorite 2D adventure series composed of two games starring a pink-haired jungle boy. Tomba must fight the Evil Swine, who have turned the world into a much darker place through the power of their own evil magic, using platforming skills across a fairly large game world.

The game is notable for its quest structure, in which you receive points for every objective completed, instead of just simply going from one point to the next as is the case with many platformers. Also, the plethora of hidden objectives made this a kind of Platformer-RPG fusion.

Two games were released for the PlayStation:
  • Tomba! 1997
  • Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return 1999 (known as Tombi! 2 in the UK and Europe and Tomba: The Wild Adventures in Japan)

The first game provides examples of:

The Evil Swine Return provides examples of:

  • And Your Reward Is Clothes:
    • The various suits, which allows Tomba to do different things (like flying with the squirrel outfit).
    • Taken to its literal extreme in the perfect ending; for getting 100% Completion, you get a tuxedo and Tomba trying it on. That's it.
  • Artistic License Physics: The propeller that can somehow carve steps out of stone - said steps also seem to be able to stay there perfectly fine without any kind of supports at all.
  • Ass Kicks You: When wearing the Pig Suit, pressing X while in the air causes Tomba to take on a position similar to a cannonball. This is strong enough to kill any enemy that is immediately vulnerable by landing on them.
  • Backtracking: Like in the previous game, expect to do a lot of this if you want to get 100% Completion.
  • Bag of Spilling
  • Baleful Polymorph: The Evil Pig Curse over the Circus Village has turned its inhabitants into pigs.
  • Big Bad: The Last Evil Pig, like in the previous title.
  • Big Boo's Haunt: Donglin Forest under the Evil Pig Curse.
  • Blessed with Suck: Some enemies will turn you invisible, which might seem cool at first, until you realize that you can't use any of your clothes or interact with anybody.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: The translation starts to suffer around when you get to the Water Temple, with grammar errors and pronoun trouble here and there. An earlier and probably the worst example is Mizuno saying that the Hot Powder and Cold Powder "boosts damage due to heat or cold", which may cause players not to use them - why would you use an item that makes you take more damage from hot and cold? Actually, it turns out it was just translated badly - they actually make you impervious to damage from heat or cold.
  • Bottomless Pits:
    • The Pipe Area starts having these after defeating the Evil Fire Pig.
    • There are also some gaps to fall into in Deep Forest, Kujara Ranch, and the Water Temple.
  • Bubblegloop Swamp: Donglin Forest.
  • Casting a Shadow: The power of the Ghost Pig.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: There are 4 different colors of Inexplicable Treasure Chests: red, green, blue, and white. Random people all over the world have the keys for them, and you need to complete quests involving them in order to get them.
  • Cool Old Guy: Kainen.
  • Damsel in Distress: Tabby.
  • Dark Action Girl: The Water Pig, who, despite her voice, is clearly female.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: The Earth Pig is a big fan of this trope.
  • Drop the Hammer: Part of Tomba's arsenal, including the Fire Hammer and Torch Hammer.
  • Elemental Powers: The Fire Pig, the Ice Pig, the Ghost Pig, the Earth Pig, the Water Pig, and the Last Pig.
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Only two elements, though. Fire and Ice.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: The Golden Powder. See Invincibility Power-Up for more info.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: There is an item called Getwell Plant that is used for... getting well.
  • Excuse Plot: Screw the plot, people play the game to bite pigs.
    Quick! Tabby went missing! She was captured by the Evil Pigs because they wanted her necklace for no reason whatsoever! You've got to save her by capturing them in colored purses! You may also deviate from your objective to do ridiculously unnecessary quests that add nothing to the story whatsoever, like transporting cement in a trolley, washing up oversized chickens, and guiding a worm through a series of booby-trapped seesaws so it can eat a leaf!
  • Fat Bastard: The Earth Pig in the sequel is really fat compared to his colleagues. If his claims are to be believed, he's 78% body fat.
  • First Town: The Fisherman Village. Sometimes, it's even referred to as The Starting Beach.
  • Forgot I Couldn't Swim: Inverted. Somehow, Tomba forgot that he can swim!
  • Gentle Giant: Gran.
  • Guide Dang It: "Precious Ring". See Violation of Common Sense below.
  • Hamster-Wheel Power: The lift of Kujara Ranch is powered by a couple of Kujara (giant, rotund chick-like birds) running in one of these. Tomba needs to find their favorite food if he wants to go further.
  • Heart Container: Collecting 2 Half Pots of Life (or the single Pot of Life) increases Tomba's health by one. Completing a certain quest involving Charles prompts the monkey to give him a fruit that allows Tomba to have up to 16 health.
  • An Ice Person: The Ice Pig.
  • Inexplicable Treasure Chests: They're floating around everywhere, and you have to find the keys to open them. They contain everything from gems to lunch boxes to squirrel suits, and more.
  • Invincibility Power-Up: The Golden Powder. In order to get it, you have to get the Golden Moon, Golden Star, Golden Sun, Glacier Boomerang, Torch Hammer, and Doka Pin and then go to the Golden Tower and talk to the Pig Elder while wearing the Swimming Pig Suit. What you get for doing all of that is invincibility that you can enable and disable whenever and wherever you want.
  • Lethal Lava Land: The Great Underground Mine/Pipe Area under the Evil Pig Curse.
  • Lost Forever:
    • Make sure that you have every side quest you want to do completed, because once you enter the door with the final Evil Pig Gate, time will stop and you can only finish the main story.
    • One of the Pots of Life in Kujara Ranch is well-hidden and can only be obtained before the curse is lifted.
  • Making a Splash: The Water Pig.
  • Meaningful Name: The Toradako, those tiger-striped octopodes, are named after tigers (tora in Japanese) and octopus (tako).
  • Minecart Madness: One of the sidequests in the game has you delivering stuff by riding minecarts that you must keep on their tracks.
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon: Like the previous game, you start with the Blackjack. In Laughing Crying Forest, you get the Grapple, which lets you swing around and hang from walls and ceilings. If you find the Tower of Wisdom, you can get the Doka Pin, which functions as both.
  • Mood Motif: The music playing during a conversation or cut scene usually depends on the situation. For example, during a normal situation, peaceful music will play. Also, during a emergency or a serious situation, really frantic music will play.
  • Mr. Exposition: Zippo takes the trophy, although there are a few others serving this purpose as well.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Zippo, who acts as Tomba's mouthpiece.
  • Old Master: Remember the very old men from the previous game? Kainen is even older.
  • Old Save Bonus: Several of the quests in the game are only available if you complete a series of quests and have a save file from the first game (at the Grapplejack point or later).
  • Playing with Fire: The Fire Pig.
  • Power Copying: Defeating one of the Evil Pigs grant you a robe with the powers of said pig.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: Judging by the dialogues, it seems like the True Evil Pig is this. He even refers to his battle with Tomba as a "play".
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The five evil elemental pigs, including the Fire Pig, the Ice Pig, the Ghost Pig, the Earth Pig, and the Water Pig.
  • Remember the New Guy: Both Zippo and Tabby, introduced at the start of the game. They are Tomba's friend and girlfriend, respectively, but were never even mentioned in the previous one.
  • Revenge of the Sequel
  • Rube Goldberg Device: Win's machine.
  • Shaped Like Itself: "This is called a Fire Hammer. As you can see, it's a hammer that has the power of fire."
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: Kujara Ranch, when it's under the Evil Pig Curse.
  • Taken for Granite: Turning to stone has happened to Tomba's canine companion Baron. Fortunately, a bucket of Holy Water will cure him (and even if you don't, he shows up during the ending).
  • Time Master: The Last Evil Pig.
  • Time Stands Still: What the game's final antagonist does to the rest of the world before the final confrontation.
  • Underwater Ruins: The Water Temple.
  • Violation of Common Sense: There's a sidequest where you have to fall into a very specific spot in the huge pit in Pipe Area in order to find a clump of mud with a Miner's Ring in it. Falling in the incorrect area is an immediate Game Over. At least Death Is a Slap on the Wrist.
  • Vocal Dissonance:
    • Apparently, the voice actor for the Water Pig didn't realize that she was female, even if she refers to herself with feminine pronouns and has a clearly female-shaped body and lipstick. Though they may have thought she was a transvestite or something.
    • Mizuno has a mild case of this too - she's supposed to be young and cute, but the voice actress made her sound like an old woman.
    • The three little girls who speak with adult womens' voices in the Kujara Ranch.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Tomba can wear the Water Pig Robe. Despite what her voice would tell you, the Water Pig is female.

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