Review by Dalton Of Zeal

"A worthy sequel to T & C Surf Designs"

Released around February 1992, T & C II: Thrilla's Surfari was a different take on the surfing and skating genre of games: rather than being a race or competition type game, it was actually a side-scroller where you controlled a monkey on a skateboard who skated and surfed through jungles, deserts and rivers while leaping over logs, chasms, electric eels, giraffes and other safari animals. It was a lot of fun to play, but the most noteworthy thing was Nintendo Power's review in which George & Rob talked about how they thought the logs looked like peanuts... but enough about that. Time to review this wonderful game, that time seemed to forget.

Gameplay: 9/10

This game is a lot of fun to play. You skate or surf through the stages, jumping over rocks, logs and other obstacles. There are lots of ramps and/or turtles to launch off of, resulting in huge jumps. The levels are very well designed with many multiple routes for you to explore (especially some of the later skateboard levels).

The game follows the standard side-scrolling fare: a few stages and then a big boss (You fight the bosses by tossing exploding coconuts at them).

There are powerups strewn throughout the levels that make the going a little easier. Bananas refill your life meter, coconuts let you play a mini-game at the end of the stage for 1-ups, diamonds make you invincible.

The game starts off fairly easy, but picks up around Level 4-2, The Purple Jungle, where the game really gets tough.

Controls: 8/10

The controls are good, but keep in mind that this IS a skateboarding game, so you really can't stop your character from rolling around. A is to jump, B is to attack (where applicable) and tapping the direction you are moving in speeds you up. The only gripe is that you have to press A to launch off a ramp, rather than just skating into it.

Story: 5/10

Standard sidescroller fare. Thrilla the gorilla must go on a quest to save something or someone. Who cares about story, right? It's all about the game!

Graphics: 9/10

Not bad at all. Everything is easily identifiable and easy to see. The backgrounds are nice, too.

Audio: 8/10

The music is good, as are the sound effects. It's not skater-rock music (thank god) as you might expect, just normal NES music, which is MUCH better than Skater music... 8)

Replayability: 9/10

Fun to play the first time, and fun to keep trying if you lose and have to start the game over. Much like any good NES side scroller.

Buy or Rent: If you see it, buy it. I would if I could find it.... 8(

Overall, a solid addition to the NES side-scroller library, albeit an unknown one. It has the skating and surfing elements of the prequel, with a cool adventure thrown in.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 07/10/02, Updated 07/10/02

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