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Tomba!

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Tomba!

Also known as: Tombi! (EU), Ore! Tomba (JP)
Developer: Whoopee Camp
Publishers: SCEA (US), SCEE (EU), Whoopee Camp (JP)
Platform: PlayStation
Released in JP: December 25, 1997
Released in US: July 1, 1998
Released in EU: September 1998


AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
CodeIcon.png This game has unused code.
DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
MovieIcon.png This game has unused cinematics.
ItemsIcon.png This game has unused items.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


NotesIcon.png This game has a notes page
ProtoIcon.png This game has a prototype article

Tomba! tells the tale of a pink haired feral kid who loses his grandpa's bracelet to some evil pigs. In a bid to retrieve it, Tomba soon learns more about the history of the Koma pigs, and just what he's up against.

Not only is it a very rare and expensive game to find physically, it's also littered with unused stuff and regional changes.

Hmmm...
To do:

Subpages

TombaRD.png
Regional Differences
A lot of finishing touches were made.
TombaEventFound.png
Unused events
Tomba would have a lot more things to do.

Debug Stage Select

Tomba - Stage Select.png

Applying the below code then pressing L3 while in a stage will enable this screen. You will need a second controller plugged in to operate the menu.

USA code:

Press L3 For Stage Select Menu 
D009C9D8 0002
801FD84C 0000
8101AD8C 0000
8101AD8E 0000

Or set 0x1F8001BC to 0x1 and select New Game from the main menu.

(Source: Punk7890, SolidSnake11, TombaClub)

Build Date

Seen at 0xxxDC98.

USA Europe Japan
98/3/22 21:11

97/12/2 10:25

Unused Video

This video shows the Iron Castle area being freed from the Evil Pigs, yet this area is never accessible in the game nor is there a pig to break the spell for it. This hints that the Iron Castle might have been a far bigger area than it is in the final version.

Unused Items

Hmmm...
To do:
Add the original Japanese strings and improve translations of those not present in the US game.

There are quite a few unused items in the game's code. Most of them have a placeholder description.

Icon Item Name Description
Tomba-MapIcon.png
Map A handy world map.
Tomba-RainEssence.png
Rain Essence A miracle item that calls a rain cloud and makes it rain*
Tomba-TornMap1.png
Torn Map 1 Half of a large map with world drawing*
Tomba-TornMap1.png
Torn Map 2 Half of a large map with world drawing*
Tomba-RubberGloves.png
Rubber Gloves Gloves which are fine even for holding dangerous things*
Tomba-Iron.png
Iron An iron lump that can be made into a strong tool*
Tomba-IronWheel.png
Iron Wheel A strong cogwheel.
Tomba-Item1.png
ITEM ...???
Tomba-MathBead11.png
Number Ball 11* ...???
Tomba-MathBead12.png
Number Ball 12* ...???
Tomba-MathBead13.png
Number Ball 13* ...???
Tomba-MathBead14.png
Number Ball 14* ...???
Tomba-MathBead15.png
Number Ball 15* ...???
Tomba-Item2.png
ITEM ...???
Tomba-Item3.png
ITEM ...???
Tomba-Item4.png
ITEM ...???
Tomba-Item6.png
ITEM ...???
Tomba-Letter.png
Letter Mysterious contents in a letter addressed to three sisters*
Tomba-Wood.png
Wood A perfect wood for making a raft*
Tomba-Shovel.png
Shovel A tool very suitable for digging the soil*
Tomba-BitingPlantFlower.png
ITEM An unusual flower that blooms from the Biting Plant.
Tomba-ElectricEel.png
Electric Eel Shocking! Source of electricity?
Tomba-BlackWater.png
Black Water ...???
Tomba-RedCandy.png
Red Candy ...???
Tomba-BlueCandy.png
Blue Candy Try to eat it, and you should understand*
Tomba-GreenCandy.png
Green Candy ...???
Tomba-BlackCandy.png
Black Candy ...???
Tomba-SilverCandy.png
Silver Candy ...???
Tomba-ForbiddenMushroom.png
Forbidden Mushroom Tastes too good to be true.
Tomba-Coconuts.png
Coconuts Empty the coconut and fill it with something else for an exciting event.
Tomba-FungaLeather.png
Funga Leather Raw drum material. It gives beats of pleasant old days*
Tomba-FungaTree.png
Funga Tree Raw drum material. It produces pleasant hard sound*
Tomba-FungaSap.png
Funga Sap Raw drum material. It can stick wood and leather*
Tomba-GrandpasBracelet.png
Grandpa's Bracelet Finally found it! Grandpa's bracelet!
Tomba-UnusualKey.png
Unusual Key A key... Where's the lock?
Placeholder-Tomba.png
Chuckling Mushroom ...???
Placeholder-Tomba.png
Weeping Mushroom ...???
Tomba-Item6.png
Map of the Underground Labyrinth* ...???
Placeholder-Tomba.png
Chick ...???
Placeholder-Tomba.png
Chick ...???
Placeholder-Tomba.png
Golden Bowl ...???
Placeholder-Tomba.png
Flower Tears Tears that fell from the Flower Faces.
Tomba-Item7.png
Small Drum* ...???
Tomba-Item8.png
Coal* ...???
Tomba-Item9.png
Chief's Spear* ...???

*Translations from Japanese release.

Another placeholder icon (Tomba-BlankPlaceholder.png) also exists, and is used for items that don't exist.

Interesting though, the unused variant of Biting Plant Flower looks like a flower that bloomed. Forbidden Mushroom has its icon looking like the mushroom you get from event "Red+Blue=?", using it has no apparent effect. Grandpa's Bracelet is an item you collect only at the end, so you can't see it in your inventory, suggesting that you could continue playing even after finishing your main quest.

One of the NPCs mentions about seeking a way to "rain" inside the Lava Caves. In fact, this matches up with the Rain Essence item more than you'd expect - because you can use the item in there.

Tomba-RainEssenceUsed.png

Unfortunately, whilst the game is programmed to use that item at that specific location, it doesn't actually do anything.

Unused Events

There are three events that are not used in the final game.

  • Miniature Making Trumpets
  • Wonders of the Black Water
  • The Rusty Steel Car

Unused Graphics

Unused Event Icons

Tomba-UnusedEvent.png

An unused event icon is still present in the VRAM. It matches the title of the unused event "The Rusty Steel Car" and description "How does an iron car move?". Curiously, it is the second icon in the list, suggesting that this was one of the earlier events planned.

UnusedEventIcon Unknown 1.png

An unused event icon showing an green fortune teller. It matches the unused description "Listen to the Green Fortune Teller's story." and has an unused CLUT still present in the final game.

Green Fortune Teller.png

UnusedEventIcon TheMermaid'sNecklace.png

Even though the event 'The Mermaid's Necklace' has a faulty event icon, an unused icon which represents the necklace is located in the vram.

EventIcon TheMermaid'sNecklace.png

The icon used for the event in the final game.(It depicts the mirror lost by the cute witch.)

Early Yan

Tomba-Yan2.gif

An early sprite of Yan which resembles his appearance in the PrePre demo is loaded in the VRAM for the Village of All Beginnings. It's loaded in the same area as it is in the prototype, but the palette no longer works due to Yan's updated graphics and palettes. The palette used here comes from the prototype.

Unused Animation

TombaLJ-Jp.gif

In the Japanese version of the game, the guy who gives you the Monster Hunter event doesn't move at all, but despite this, he has graphics for talking to Tomba. They were fixed up in the international release, so these particular sprites go completely unused.

Body Types

Tomba-BodyTypes.png

Exclusive to the Japanese version, there are three "body types" for Tomba found with the rest of the status icons. The international versions only include the regular size body in the VRAM. It's unknown how this would have affected gameplay, though since they appear right next to the facial icons, it may have worked in a similar manner to the Cry/Laugh status types (with Tomba only being able to complete certain missions with a certain type).

Lumberjack Factory Boulder

Tomba-Lumberjack.png

The full background for the Lumberjack Factory shows a large boulder in front of the iron door. In the final, the door is already open (with the appearance of an explosion hitting it) and the boulder is nowhere to be found. The actual opening to the area overlays with this background, so it's never seen by the player.

Stone Tablets

Scattered throughout the game are strange stone murals/tablets in the walls. Although you cannot interact with them in the final game, a demo allows you to do so. It's unknown what they were going to be used for and some cannot be seen during regular gameplay. The one below can be found in the VRAM for Masakari Jungle, but only in the Japanese version. The international release replaces it with more flowers.

Tomba-Tablet.png


Some unused text points towards a total of 6 slabs.

''I've heard that there area total of six Doodle Rocks.If you solve the puzzle on the rocks, 
you'll be rewarded with lots of treasure.It seems pretty hard to solve...1 is...by 5...to the 20th power...or something...I don't know.''


Tomba Slabs.png

5 of the supposed 6 'Doodle' Rocks

Unused Areas

There are names for every area in the game. Some of these areas, however, will crash the game upon entry.

  • Stonestown
  • Lumberjack Town (1 area)
  • Village of Civilization (1 area)
  • Clock Tower (1 area)
  • Iron Castle (6 areas)

As seen in a video above, Iron Castle was originally going to be a much larger, playable area in the game. Along with the video are the unused graphics, suggesting that it was cut late in development.

The Japanese version of the game also has five empty folders, titled AREA20, AREA 21, AREA 22, AREA 23, and AREA24.

Another thing to note is that the internal name for the Flower Tower level is Outer Walls of Pig Island, with the area called Pig Island. In the Japanese version of the game, Pig Island can be seen on the map, suggesting another late removal.

The only playable full area that goes completely unused can be accessed on a US copy of the game by changing the values at 009E811C and 009E811E to 15 and 02 (or 03) respectively. The levels are pure black, but have some collision. No level name is given, but it shows on the map as being somewhere in the Village of All Beginnings.

Unused Village

There's a small village that can be seen on the main map, just past the Tree of Knowledge. Unfortunately, you never go to this location, nor is there a name for it.

However, if the camera is forced to move whilst visiting the Tree of Knowledge, an unused area, presumably the village, can be found. This includes a shield above the entry door (which has no collision and is not seen elsewhere in the game), some Funga drums, torches and a large pedestal. Graphics for a tribe chief and a Funga drum are both loaded into VRAM, but not used.

With the discovery of the unused Funga items, it was likely going to be the intention to include another quest in this area which would see Tomba gathering the materials.

(Source: Tomba Club)

Unused Text

In both the Japanese and US versions, there's a dwarf who guards the Dwarf Elder. The dwarf beneath blocks Tomba from interacting with him, and only moves after the Dwarf Language has been obtained. Despite this, garbled "Dwarf-speak" still exists for the upper dwarf, but it can only be heard if Tomba is hacked over there. The dwarf at the very top speaks normally, regardless of whether or not you have the language.

Japan International
TombaDwarf-Jp.png TombaDwarf-Int.png

Oddities

  • In the Dwarf Elder's area, there's a slot machine that never works. An early prototype has a quest entitled "AP Slot Machine", suggesting that this is part of an older mechanic.
  • In the VRAM for The Strange Small Room, a sprite for the boss from The Haunted Mansion loads among the other characters, suggesting that either he was one of the friends at one stage, or that it would have required eight friends instead.