The Night of
||(Win95/98/Me/2000/XP) (Mini Retail) (TONYTPR)
Publisher: Got Game Entertainment
Developer: Prograph Research
- Comic mischief, mild violence and suggestive
A- from Just
from Four Fat Chicks
from Adventure Gamers
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!
Dont 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 hes 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, Tonys mantra is otherwise, "Candy
today, the entire Planet tomorrow!" A tomorrow that, hopefully, will never come
as our hero thwarts the villains evil candy-stealing ways.
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
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.
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,
hes a gnome-sized, nasal-voiced hypochondriac mommas boy who left
home at the tender age of thirty to work for Wallen & Wallen Investigators,
a private detective agency. Now, ten years later, hes still diligently
toiling on the same case involving a pumpkin-headed, candy-thieving psychopath
who takes great pleasure in stealing innocent childrens 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 ladys tent has a snot bubble blowing in and
out of his nostril. A stuffed cow hanging on the wall of Tonys 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
todays 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 dont 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."
Fat Chicks by Jen
"And comedy and puzzles there areby the boatload. This game is very
obviously patterned after the earlier LucasArts gamesin 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
gamePROtonic can definitely run with the big dogs with the quality of
"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
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
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