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Tak and the Power of Juju (GameCube, PlayStation 2)

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Title Screen

Tak and the Power of Juju

Developer: Avalanche Software
Publisher: THQ
Platforms: GameCube, PlayStation 2
Released in US: October 15, 2003
Released in EU: March 12, 2004
Released in KR: 2004


AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
EnemyIcon.png This game has unused enemies.
ObjectIcon.png This game has unused objects.
ItemsIcon.png This game has unused items.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.


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This cactus is UNDER CONSTRUCTION
This article is a work in progress.
...Well, all the articles here are, in a way. But this one moreso, and the article may contain incomplete information and editor's notes.
Hmmm...
To do:
  • Add concept art for unused animals and areas, as well as early gameplay footage.
  • Add screenshot of unused Tlaloc fight.
  • Add unused graphics.
  • Add footage of obscured easter egg.
  • Add version differences.
  • A prototype was just released. Go Wild Boys!

When in doubt, take the stick out!

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Prerelease Info


Unused and Early Levels

Numa Bay

Although it appears in the Game Boy Advance version of the game, the mysterious Numa Bay was removed very early on from the main console versions and all that is present in the final game is the accompanying music (which is used during the credits). There are also unused audio files that were meant to be used as tutorials in the level.

Audio Usage
Was supposed to play upon loading into Numa Bay.
Tutorial for an unused animal.
Tutorial regarding an unused animal, the lobster.
A tutorial for the unused puffer fish suit. This would have been the only way to go underwater.
Regarding an ability the unused puffer fish suit would've had.
While this audio is from a cutscene that IS used in-game in Tak's Village, it has the same prefix as all of the other Numa Bay dialogue files, perhaps meaning it was originally intended for that level.
Would've played upon first seeing yorbels underwater.
Would've played when Tak first puts on the puffer fish suit. As a side note, a lot of unused audio in this game uses this "oombogwa" chant.
In reference to unused swimming nerbils.

Unused Objects

Mountain Top

There is a fence placed waaaaayyyy outside Mountain Top North, which is impossible to see without hacking.

Someone forgot to delete this fence! It is not visible during normal gameplay.

Unused Audio

Tak and the Power of Juju has a PLETHORA of unused audio clips, mostly unused tutorial dialogue wherein Flora pesters the player even more than usual. Here are some of the more interesting audio clips.

Health Shrine

Originally, you couldn't heal Tak by just picking up feathers. You would have to cash in feathers you've collected at designated health shrines. Does that sound unintuitive? Because it was.

Above is an audio clip of Flora discussing feathers and how they are used with health shrines, meant for the tutorial.

Button Prompts

In the final game, Flora refers to the buttons universally by giving each button a name for what it does. For example, what the game refers to as the jump button is the A button on GameCube and the X button on PS2. While they are still separate buttons in text, the voice actors never differentiate them. However, this wasn't always the case.

GameCube PS2

It's interesting to note that the PAL PS2 version actually has Flora refer to the buttons as they are on a PS2 controller, but the PAL GameCube version just uses the universal terms. Strange.

Miscellaneous

Audio Usage
While it's unclear what this would've been used for specifically, the last part IS used whenever Tak picks up a tiki or other important items.
Upon completing the tutorial level, you would've been given the Restoration Dance juju spell. In the final game, you have to find it in the Burial Grounds.
Audio for an unused cutscene after the Spirit World portal is opened.
In reference to an unused mechanic in the Sun Temple.
The original command for using Juju Spells. What the "shift" button refers to is anyone's guess.
A welcoming clip that would've played upon reloading your save file and spawning in.
This clip suggests that you wouldn't have started your adventure in the tutorial level, but rather in Tak's Village.
Unused banter between Flora and Tak on the way to the then-called Burial Mound (later Burial Grounds).
Suggests that at one point, you could revisit the tutorial and attempt to beat it as fast as possible. Would've been a neat bonus.
References an unused Sun Temple mechanic that lets Tak float over a fan.
Unused dialogue for a gameplay element in Upper Tree Village where you would use fireflies to guide your way. While the fireflies do appear in-game, they don't do anything.
This intro for Upper Tree Village goes unused for unknown reasons.

Unused Juju Powers

Tak and the Power of Juju has a total of 16 juju spells for Tak to utilize, but unfortunately, some didn't make it into the final game.

Audio Usage
Spirit Lift would've allowed Tak to have more height in his jumps. In the final game this would've been useless as Crazy Feet allows Tak to run faster AND jump higher and farther, as does the Champion's Amulet.
Lullaby would've allowed Tak to put any animal to sleep. Sounds useful. It's a shame it was scrapped.