Developer: Penguin DT
Publisher: Penguin DT
Released: July 2007
Download Link(s): Freeware Files, GamersHell, Official Site
Extras: Official Soundtrack
TBG Rating: 10/10
The Apocalyptic Game About Penguins - The title sums it up. Mad scientist doctor Glowenko is planning to take on the world with an army of bio-engineered cybernetic penguins. One of the penguins, codenamed Pablo, doesn't like the idea and escapes, only to find himself fighting against the whole clone penguin army, leaded by Pedro, another cyber-penguin. The fate of the world is in Pablo's... err... flippers!
TAGAP is a 2-D platformer shoot-em-up, but it plays more like a first-person-shooter than traditional genre game. Keyboard is for movement while guns are handled with mouse. Speaking of weapons, there are plenty to choose from: Uzis, rocket launchers, plasma guns and even combat vehicles. And you'll need them all against endless waves for zombie penguins, security robots and sentry turrets.
But TAGAP isn't just about penguins and guns, but also about pills. There are four different pills that are rewarded for in-game achievements, like hi-scores and killing spree combos. The color-coded drugs have different effects and side effects. As a result game play keeps switching from trippy slow-motion to fast-forward chaos – and back!
TAGAP uses OpenGL effects arsenal for 2-D presentation of slightly naïve style, resulting slick, anarchistic presentation easiest described as Mario-meets-Doom. Also featured are built-in level editor and thoroughly-documented TAGAP_Script scripting system. TAGAP: The Apocalyptic Game About Penguins is freeware. It's the debut game of Penguin Development Team, a duo of Finnish hobbyist developers.
TAGAP is a game that flew under the radar for me until recently. the game is a blast to play and looks great. The wide assortment of weaponry keeps the game from becoming repetitive and the music truly helps set the mood of the game. The mini boss fights are tough but not insane. The enemies are mindless zombie penguins so expect to see tons of them. I find it to be an outstanding addition to side scrolling shooters and think you will to, faithful readers. The fact that the development team is working on a TAGAP 2 bodes well as they will take what they have learned from making this great game and make an even better one.