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ZOOM Tony Tough
The Night of Roasted Moths
Sold Out (Win95/98/Me/2000/XP) (Mini Retail) (TONYTPR)

Publisher: Got Game Entertainment

Developer: Prograph Research

- Comic mischief, mild violence and suggestive themes

Ratings:

A- from Just Adventure

from Four Fat Chicks

from Adventure Gamers

Comic Adventure

What do alien abductions, a depressed clown, and a purple tapir named Pantagruel have in common? Can a bumbling gumshoe make his stolen candy theory stick? Find out with the "Sherlock Gnome" of detectives, Tony Tough, and a hilarious cast of characters as he cracks the case on the most adventurous and comical night of his life!

The Story

Don’t let the small stature, over-sized raincoat and flying saucer-sized glasses fool you, Tony is a seasoned private eye for Wallen & Wallen Investigations, and he’s been on the beat for ten years. Tonight, Halloween night, Tony has been assigned the case of a lifetime, he must nab the swollen-headed psychopath who is stealing candy from the children. While it may not seem a dangerous task to some, Tony’s mantra is otherwise, "Candy today, the entire Planet tomorrow!" A tomorrow that, hopefully, will never come as our hero thwarts the villain’s evil candy-stealing ways.

The Game

This 2D Adventure game for the PC, with its "point & click" interface, is characterized by salty humor, elaborate graphics, all in a perfect cartoon-like style. Non-linear plot development, combined with over sixty different locations, more than thirty interactive characters, along with loads of descriptions, dialogue, messages and inscriptions, gives the player an environment rich in humor and intriguing situations for long-lasting gameplay.

Requirements:

Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP: Pentium 200, 32Mb RAM, 300kb Hard Drive Free, CD-ROM 8X, Direct X 6.0 or higher, Mouse, Keyboard

Suggested: Pentium II, 64 Mb RAM, AGP graphic card, 150 Mb free hard disk space, 16x CD Rom.

Reviews:

Just Adventure by Randy Sluganski

"Now Tony is not your average private eye. In fact, think of Tony as a pint-sized Columbo, outfitted in a yellow slicker and hat. To be more exact, he’s a gnome-sized, nasal-voiced hypochondriac momma’s boy who left home at the tender age of thirty to work for Wallen & Wallen Investigators, a private detective agency. Now, ten years later, he’s still diligently toiling on the same case involving a pumpkin-headed, candy-thieving psychopath who takes great pleasure in stealing innocent children’s Halloween candy. But Tony is about to embark on an even stranger adventure as Pantagruel, his purple pet tapir, has been kidnapped sending Tony on a desperate search deep inside a demented carnival populated with a peculiar cast of characters."

"It is though the small touches that most impress. A boy sleeping in the bearded lady’s tent has a snot bubble blowing in and out of his nostril. A stuffed cow hanging on the wall of Tony’s office has a peaceful look on its face, until you pull the tail of the cow (which is hanging in a different office) and then one of its eyes bulges crazily outward. The foreground of one of the carnival scenes consists of the ducks in a shooting gallery. This is the type of fun details normally not found in many of today’s too-serious adventure games."

"So is Tony Tough another classic in the mode of Day of the Tentacle? No, but it has been so long since we have had a comic adventure game that I think it is a relief to just have some fun and enjoy some ridiculous puzzles (and, might I add, puzzles that are purposely meant to be ridiculous). Plus, it is a wonderful first effort by Prograph and if they continue to develop games, then it is only a matter of time until this small company matches the legacy of Lucas Arts. More background music and sound effects would have been welcome as would have more of an appearance by a certain character (but I don’t want to give away any of the plot here!). But keep in mind, that for all of the adventure gamers who have played the Lucas Arts classics, there are just as many, if not more, who have not and Tony will be their introduction to this world of absurd humor and for them, Tony Tough and the Night of Roasted Moths could become their classic gaming moment."

Four Fat Chicks by Jen

"And comedy and puzzles there are—by the boatload. This game is very obviously patterned after the earlier LucasArts games—in fact, there are numerous references to LucasArts classics throughout Tony Tough..."

"The graphics are 2D. Yes, you heard me, in the year 2000 some company actually had the gall to release a 2D adventure game. You don't even need a very fancy computer to play it, and your video card will lie fallow. Imagine! The noive! Actually, I really liked the look of the game—PROtonic can definitely run with the big dogs with the quality of this release."

"I know there are some people who don't much care for 2D, cartoony, third-person, point-and-click inventory fests with grade-school toilet humor galore ... but I'm not one of them. I think it is refreshing to see a company take a chance on a genre and format that's been pronounced dead and do such a fine job."

Adventure Gamers by Evan Dickens

"The second adventure published by Got Game Entertainment is developed by Prograph Research, a small Italian company that made the decision to fly in the face of innovation and infuse their project with a stellar plot, excellent humor, and a massive dose of energy and imagination instead."

"Tony Tough wears the influence of Day of the Tentacle and Sam & Max Hit the Road on its sleeves, borrowing heavily from each, even including a purple tentacle in the park's souvenir shop. The cartoonish style of graphics is perfect, and each area and character is drawn with imagination and life. Every part of the game is just gorgeous to look at; nothing is ever dull or bland."

"I stopped short of giving Tony Tough a 4.5 not for any specific fault of the game, but because the sum total of all the excellent parts somehow does not add up to "classic." There's just something missing. Maybe it's the slighly unsatisfying ending, maybe the occasional difficulty in navigating through the dialogue tree. But in any case, Tony Tough is gorgeous, entertaining, frequently hilarious, and a worthy heir to the LucasArts mantle of quality cartoon adventures."



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