Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends
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|Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends|
|Developer: Malibu Interactive|
|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Sound driver: GEMS|
|Number of players: 1|
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The game, aimed towards the preschool demographic, has players controlling several different characters from the show's universe, including Thomas, James, Percy, Toby and Duck. Edward, Henry and Gordon also appear in the game mode with Thomas and James. Oddly enough, Donald, Douglas, Oliver, Bill, Ben, Diesel, Daisy, Boco and Mavis are not present for this game. The original Thomas title music is played at the title screen. This game features music from the first three seasons, and all text is spoken by Craig Ewert.
The game has four components that make up gameplay: Game, Race, Explore and a coloring book section. At the start of the game, players are encouraged to enter their names as there engine drivers; there is a list of common names that are also selectable (Steve, Amy, Andy, et al.) for children who may not be able to write their name. From there, the player's engine is picked—choosing any of the outlined characters brings up a coloring book with pictures of each character, while selecting the colored-in Thomas skips this portion. The coloring book portion simply lets players fill in the image with various colors as opposed to any drawing.
Players can select three difficulties: easy, medium and hard, which determine the difficulty of the Game and Race modes in the main game.
Gamewill uncouple the trucks from an engine, starting with the outermost car. The button activates a steam engine's whistle; though it serves no purpose in-game, it creates a noise and shows a graphic of a steam engine's whistle blowing. Players who have forgot the request or need help can press to see the current objective. Hitting allows players to either start that level over or quit.
Trucks include Troublesome Trucks (mine, coal and gravel), flat wagons (empty, logs and shape in different colors) and Annie and Clarabel.
Stations include Knapford, Dryaw, Maron, Elsbridge, Brendam, Cronk, Crewe, Barrow and Shiloh.
Once the correct trucks have been brought to the station, they will be uncoupled and the mission will end and Sir Topham Hatt will praise the player's memory and/or speed, and the next request will be given. This process repeats in loop, no matter how many missions there are.
The Explore game is an open-ended world based on that of Game and Race modes. There is no stated objective; rather, players are free to roam around, picking up trucks, passing through stations and looking around the map.
- Programmed by: Randy Platt
- Artists: Terry Lloyd, Jayne Shrigley
- Software Produced by: Bernard Whang
- Design: Randy Platt, Bernard Whang, Terry Lloyd
- Additional Design: Jayne Shrigley
- Software Music / SFX: Brian Howarth
- Voice Talent: Craig Ewert
- Additional Art: John McLaughlin, Bernard Whang, Randy Platt
- Software Produced For THQ by: Howard Phillips, George Sinfield
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