Ty the Tasmanian Tiger (2002)

by Christopher
7 minutes read


Explore the Australian Outback in a remastered classic with TY the Tasmanian Tiger. Join the adventure to free TY’s family and thwart Boss Cass’ evil plans, using an arsenal of boomerangs and the support of iconic Australian animals.


G’day, Mate. Explore the wilds of Australia with TY the Tasmanian Tiger, the charming Aussie platformer. Join TY on a ripper of an adventure to free his family from the dreaming and stop the nefarious evil genius Boss Cass from removing mammals from the top of the food chain.


“Ty the Tasmanian Tiger” is a 2002 platform video game developed by Krome Studios and published by Electronic Arts. The game is set on a fictional Australian island and follows the titular character Ty as he embarks on a quest to free his family and save the outback from the tyrannical domination of Boss Cass.

The game’s plot revolves around the collection of five mystical talismans that have the power to free Ty’s fellow Tasmanian tigers from the Dreamtime. The Dreamtime is an alternate realm where Ty’s family was trapped a long time ago as a result of trying to stop Boss Cass, a cassowary plotting world domination.

Ty’s family had previously engaged in an epic battle with Boss Cass for control of these talismans. During the conflict, Boss Cass managed to trap all the tigers in the Dreamtime using the talismans. However, one of the family members (Ty’s father) threw his boomerang to dislodge the talismans as he was drawn through the portal, scattering them and destroying the portal.

Ty, the last Tasmanian Tiger, was left behind and was adopted by a family of bilbies. Years later, a Bunyip informs Ty about his heritage and Boss Cass. Ty sets out to find the talismans before Cass can, in order to rescue his family and save the outback.

Ty’s old friend, Maurie, a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, introduces him to a scientist named Julius, a Koala who has invented a device that will find the talismans and warp him to their locations. The catch is that the device requires a power source unique to the Outback known as “Thunder Eggs”, which Ty must collect.

With help from his friend Shazza the Dingo, Ranger Ken, and Dennis the Green Tree Frog, Ty comes closer to freeing his family and the Outback from the tyrannical domination of Boss Cass. It is at this point that Cass, learning of Ty’s collecting the Thunder Eggs and Talismans, deploys his highest-ranking henchman – another Tasmanian Tiger.

Ty and his foe clash several times, and during their last duel (after fighting a Ghost Bat and her smaller minions), Ty actually saves his rival from falling to his death in a river of lava. During the final fight against Cass’s massive robot, the mysterious other Tiger – Sly – makes an appearance. Declaring he has turned against Cass, he gives Ty the Doomerang their family used to scatter the Talismans beforehand, and Ty takes down the Cassowary, saving Australia and his family.

The game is a platformer, with the player controlling Ty as he gathers the Thunder Eggs to power the Talisman Machine, a teleportation device. The game takes place in “Rainbow Cliffs”, which is divided into a series of “zones”, each of which act as the hub areas of the game.

“Ty the Tasmanian Tiger” received mixed reviews from critics but sold over one million copies worldwide. It was the first installment in the “Ty the Tasmanian Tiger” series, which has since produced three sequels


The game features a variety of characters including Ty, the courageous Tasmanian tiger; Boss Cass, the evil cassowary; Maurie, the knowledgeable sulphur-crested cockatoo; Julius, the inventive koala; and an array of friends and foes inspired by Australian wildlife.


Players navigate through multiple levels, using Ty’s boomerangs, sharp teeth, and the help of his friends to combat enemies and solve puzzles. The game emphasizes exploration and collecting items, with special boomerangs granting new abilities and access to previously unreachable areas.


Ty the Tasmanian Tiger stands as a beloved gem in the platforming genre, offering a unique blend of Australian humor, captivating gameplay, and a heartwarming story. It’s a must-play for fans of the genre and those looking to experience a slice of Australian culture.

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