If you were a 90s kid, you would have some pretty vivid memories of the ever entertaining Tom and Jerry cartoons on weekend mornings. Who would have thought that the classic cat and mouse game would become a classic video game too? Released in 1992 for the GameBoy, the Tom and Jerry ROM remains a nostalgic favorite for many. We’ll take a look at what made this game so special back then and why it’s still worth revisiting today.
The Tom and Jerry ROM is a side-scrolling platformer game, where you can play as either Tom the cat or Jerry the mouse through seven different levels. The premise is simple, Tom’s trying to catch Jerry and the latter has to dodge obstacles and traps while collecting cheese. The game has some cleverly designed levels including a kitchen, a garden, and a pirate ship, each with its different foes to make the game challenging.
Considering its release date, the graphics on the GameBoy are pretty impressive, with bright colors and crisp edges that remain easy on the eyes. The animations of Tom’s pounce and Jerry’s dodge are smooth, which is something you’d notice immediately when you play the game.
Sound and Music
The game includes audio and sound effects from the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons. From the sound of Tom’s footsteps to the iconic half-whistle, half-scream of the hit with a frying pan, all the classic sounds are here. The 8-bit background tunes are catchy, although they might not be memorable like the classic cartoon themes.
Tom and Jerry ROM is a game that will test your reflexes and hand-eye coordination. The game might seem easy at first, but it gets challenging quickly with sly obstacles like sink-mounted cranes, a pirate ship deck with a swinging anchor, falling pots, bats, or rolling acorns. But fortunately, the game is designed well enough that it never feels overwhelming.
While the game is relatively short with only seven levels, Tom and Jerry ROM is a game that’s worth revisiting again and again. It’s accessible enough for kids to play, and at the same time, offers enough challenge for older gamers to keep coming back. Furthermore, with unlockable content and bonus rounds, the game rewards players for their achievements also making it worth playing again.
It might be nearly three decades since the release of Tom and Jerry ROM on the GameBoy, but even now, it’s a delightful game that awakens the nostalgia of childhood memories. The game’s simplicity, graphics, sound, and levels hold up today, making it a classic worth revisiting. So, have you tried playing Tom and Jerry ROM recently? If not, it’s time to take a trip down memory lane and see if you can finally catch that elusive mouse.