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Pro Jumper! Guilty Gear Tangent!? Review

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Posted by Ron DelVillano

There is no tagline for a title like that

If you’ve never been confused by a video game’s title, now’s your chance! With all of its punctuation and absurdity, Pro Jumper! Guilty Gear Tangent!? is easily one of the most interesting titles on the DSiWare service. As the name suggests, this is a spin-off of the Guilty Gear series of fighting games, but it strays pretty far from the franchise’s usual formula. Are a strange title and an even stranger plot enough to make this game stand out above the rest, or will it simply sink into the ever-growing DSiWare pile?

Pro Jumper! Guilty Gear Tangent!? is a pretty basic platforming game with a very high difficulty level. And, as you may have guessed, you will do a whole lot of jumping. The story revolves around Chimaki, an adorably plump little creature whose greatest desire is to visit all of the best hot springs in the world. Fully equipped with nothing but a towel, it is your job to take control of Chimaki and jump and fight your way to the springs. If a plot like that doesn’t interest you, there’s a good chance nothing will.

Each level has same formula: you fight your way through the level collecting apples as you go until you reach the end. There you will have to fight your rival, another character who is presumably interested in ruining your trip to the hot springs. Just like every other enemy in the game, the only way to defeat him is with a few strategically placed towel slaps that eventually send him reeling away. With each new level your rival will become faster and learn new attacks, so it is important to always stay sharp when facing off. While all of this may seem pretty basic, the trick is that the enemy can only touch you twice before you die, making it very important to take great care of yourself before reaching the end.

Each level contains a total of 99 apples, and by collecting more, you are allowed more lives at the start of the next area. Other items that you can be find include bottles of milk that restore your health and bars of soap that send Chimaki quickly speeding across the stage, killing every enemy in his path. That’s right, even the power-ups are silly and spa themed.

The controls are simple and straightforward enough to master pretty quickly and everything is done using the buttons rather than the touch screen. You use the D-Pad to make Chimaki move either left or right, the B button to make him jump, and the Y button to make him swing his towel or run when holding it down. Other control options are available in the menu, so it’s really up to you to find the most comfortable setup. As with all platformers, especially those with such high difficulty levels, tight and responsive manoeuvring is necessary. While the handling may seem a little slippery at times, especially when trying to jump from narrow platform to narrow platform, it all feels intentional and adds to the difficulty.

The one major problem that this game faces is that it is relatively short. With only six levels to play, you can complete it within a few hours. If you do manage to beat all six, however, then you can play through each stage again on an even more advanced difficulty. Though the levels themselves generally stay the same here, the amount of enemies increases and the amount of platforms to jump on seems to decrease. Mastering each stage is only the first step, and doing so all over again is reserved for the most committed of players.

As far as the audio and visuals go, this game is fantastic and incredibly charming in all of its absurdity. The soundtrack is robust and features a different song for each level that you play, and the graphical style fits the mood of the game flawlessly. Everything is bright and cheerful-looking, and all of the character sprites are impeccable. It is clear that much care was put into making this game sound, look, and feel exactly how it is supposed to, and it all fits together perfectly.

Conclusion

Despite its silly plot, bright and cheerful graphics and robust colour palette, Pro Jumper! Guilty Gear Tangent!? is not a game for the faint of heart. Though it may prove a remarkably linear platformer, its difficulty and bizarre characters and story set this title apart. This is the type of game that takes a bit of practise to master, but is incredibly rewarding once you finally get it right. If you’re a fan of platformers and are up for a bit of a challenge, then there is no reason not to get this game. It’s fun, silly, and at 500 Points, a complete steal.

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User Comments (26)

Zsxdflip

#1

Zsxdflip said:

I think I was the only one who was looking forward to this haha. Great to hear it's really good, I'll download it the next time I get some points

Zsxdflip

#4

Zsxdflip said:

In 6th grade I drew a Hitler mustache on myself with permanent marker during PE, I spent the next 2 periods wipping it of in the bathrooms

GreenAbobo

#5

GreenAbobo said:

Great to hear there's a 2nd run after you beat it. I've been stuck on the last boss, and took a break from it for the past day or so.
The developers clearly went the extra mile in presentation. For example, while they could have just had a life bar to reflect your condition, they instead streamlined that detail by just having it reflected in Chimaki's appearance. Every animation from walking to jumping and running has an extra version that you see when he's damaged.

Ron_DelVillanoAdmin

#6

Ron_DelVillano said:

@GreenAbobo I'm glad to see that someone else appreciates all of those little details as well. I really was pretty impressed by this game. And that last boss really is a pain. You just need to figure out the right timing!

To everyone else: if you enjoy difficult platformers, you won't be disappointed.

Odnetnin

#9

Odnetnin said:

I was already considering this, and this excellent review makes it all the more tempting. Plus, gotta support Arc System Works!

Retro_on_theGo

#10

Retro_on_theGo said:

Sweet, I was really looking forward to this game and the review. Glad to hear it's as good as I was hoping. I'll definetly buy this!

Bassman_Q

#12

Bassman_Q said:

That is indeed a strange title and lead character... looks like a vegetable grew eyes and a Hitler mustache as well as a palm on tree on the head.

RantingThespian

#15

RantingThespian said:

@ballkirby1 It's a towel
Also, any computer game character should always carry a towel. It is the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker . . . I mean video game character, can have!

Popyman

#19

Popyman said:

Am I right in thinking this looks a LOT like the Prinny games? If so, I'm totally getting this.

SennaKurosaki

#20

SennaKurosaki said:

And why is there no European release date announced? Because we don't matter. We are the "old world" so why ever would we be interested in some fun modern games?
Come on Nintendo and Aksys Games, release this wonderful cute looking game in Europe as soon as possible!
Besides this style of mustache is European! Or are we being punished because one "person" made this mustache a bit awkward nowadays?... that is all just history! We should move on... not forget... but just move on.

Ron_DelVillanoAdmin

#21

Ron_DelVillano said:

@Popyman You got that right! It reminded me of a watered down version of those games. If you like those, then I'd definitely recommend this one.

TKOWL

#23

TKOWL said:

Arc System Works has made alot of WTF games in their days, but nothing compared to this.

Henmii

#24

Henmii said:

Nice review and nice score! Definitely one that I'll download when I have a 3DS.

FonistofCruxis

#26

FonistofCruxis said:

I just found out what Chimaki's role in the guilty gear series is via guilty gear wiki. He is a stuffed animal owned by a playable character called Sin who only appeared in Guilty gear: overture. Chimaki is important to Sin and he always carries Chimaki with him.

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