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It is suggested that if you haven't played though a TY title before, you should venture into a prequel first as most of the jokes and characters are at the assumption that you have played the others before. There is no doubt that fans of the series will be more than satisfied with the new levels, story, weapons, and vehicles. At under 30 bucks, how can you pass this up if you are a fan of the genre?
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 3: Night of the Quinkan is a predictable sequel to the first two iterations of the franchise. That doesn't make it bad. In fact, it's still enjoyable, especially as straightforward platformer for kids. My younger nephew plays and really likes the first two Ty outings and I'm confident he'll like this one, too. But the Ty series has never been original and this latest version feels like a copy of a copy. Gamers who played and didn't like the other two versions will find nothing new here and Ty fans may find themselves wondering why very little has changed. Like the other Ty platformers, Night of the Quinkan has its moments, but the series needs some dramatic changes to reach new heights.
Basically, Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 3: Night of the Quinkan targets an incredibly narrow but lucrative and under-served gaming demographic, and does so in a reasonably successful manner. The game itself is a fun distraction, though nothing you want to find yourself playing marathon sessions of, and great for very young gamers. Serious platformer fans will probably not be too pleased with it, but they probably know better than to expect the next Mario 64 from a $30 budget title. It's not possible to really say it's good, since low expectations are almost required to enjoy Ty 3, but it is distinctly not bad. Sometimes that's good enough, at least until something better comes along.
Night of the Quinkan is a natural progression for Krome Studios' series. Most people will probably ignore the latest installment because of its deceptive art direction and marketing, but anyone looking for a lengthy, varied platformer with hidden secrets up the wazoo and tongue-in-cheek humor should find themselves enjoying Night of the Quinkan more than they would have expected.
The Ty games have always seemed to be targeted squarely at a younger crowd, with simple gameplay and over-the-top cartoonish characters. However, even a younger crowd needs to have a more consistent and interesting gameplay experience than that which is present in Ty 3. There's no doubt that there's some charm to this game, but when it comes down to a good gameplay experience, Ty 3 is severely lacking.
Ty 3 is not a terrible game, but there’s plenty of better stuff on the market, which makes it just below average. However, considering the budget price, if the game is for a young one, you could bump this up to a comfortable 6.