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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.
MovieIcon.png This game has unused cinematics.
ItemsIcon.png This game has unused items.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


NotesIcon.png This game has a notes page

So very stubbly.
This page is rather stubbly and could use some expansion.
Are you a bad enough dude to rescue this article?
Hmmm...
To do:
  • Page introduction
  • Some of the unused items have proper names and descriptions in the Japanese game
  • Unused graphics
  • Remains of a level select
  • More regional differences

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

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 ...???
Tomba-TornMap1.png
Torn Map 1 ...???
Tomba-TornMap1.png
Torn Map 2 ...???
Tomba-RubberGloves.png
Rubber Gloves ...???
Tomba-Iron.png
Iron ...???
Tomba-IronWheel.png
Iron Wheel A strong cogwheel.
Tomba-Item1.png
ITEM ...???
Tomba-MathBead11.png
ITEM ...???
Tomba-MathBead12.png
ITEM ...???
Tomba-MathBead13.png
ITEM ...???
Tomba-MathBead14.png
ITEM ...???
Tomba-MathBead15.png
ITEM ...???
Tomba-Item2.png
ITEM ...???
Tomba-Item3.png
ITEM ...???
Tomba-Item4.png
ITEM ...???
Tomba-Item6.png
ITEM ...???
Tomba-Letter.png
Letter ...???
Tomba-Wood.png
Wood ...???
Tomba-Shovel.png
Shovel ...???
Tomba-BitingPlantFlower.png
ITEM An unusual flower that blooms from the Biting Plant.
Tomba-ElectricEel.png
Electric Eel ...???
Tomba-BlackWater.png
Black Water ...???
Tomba-RedCandy.png
Red Candy ...???
Tomba-BlueCandy.png
Blue Candy ...???
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 ...???
Tomba-FungaTree.png
Funga Tree ...???
Tomba-FungaSap.png
Funga Sap ...???
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
ITEM ...???
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
ITEM ...???
Tomba-Item8.png
ITEM ...???
Tomba-Item9.png
ITEM ...???

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, maybe you could continue playing even after finishing your main quest. The existence of Funga items shows that the jungle would be bigger to explore. One of the NPCs mentions about seeking a way to "rain" inside the Lava Caves, maybe early in development the Rain Essence would be the way to surpass this part (also why two Funky Parasols exist in the game??).

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 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 four empty folders, titled AREA20, AREA 21, AREA 22 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 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.

Regional Differences

Opening Music

Japan USA Europe

The opening intro in the Japanese version has "Paradise", complete with vocals, as its theme tune. The US version uses an instrumental version of the song and adds sound effects to go with the video.

The European version curiously plays the theme song to the 1997 Children's BBC TV show No Sweat!, which was performed by UK teen band North & South (Wikipedia).

Title Screen

Japan USA Europe
Tombajptitlescreen.png Tombaustitlescreen.png Tombi-TitleE.png

The US and European versions removed the 3D effect from their respective logos, but made the menu and copyright text a bit more visually appealing.

Loading Screen

Hmmm...
To do:
Replace these with GIFs since APNG support isn't quite universal yet.
Japan International
Tombajploading.png Tombausloading.png

The loading screen is much more animated in the localized versions than it is in the Japanese version.


(Source: Dirty Justice, X-Cult)

Menu Screen (Items)

Japan International
Tombaitemmenu jp.png Tombaitemmenu int.png

The item menu in the localized versions of the game are more visually appealing than the Japanese version, and also have a different layout, though the Japanese version has a pig for a background.

Menu Screen (Events)

Like the item menu, the localized versions of the game have completely different appearance to the Japanese version, which uses a picture of Tomba for the background.

Menu Screen (Map)

The map on the Japanese version is fairly different to the one in the other versions. In addition to some areas being colored differently, the Japanese version shows Pig Island to the left of the map. In the localized versions, the island has been completely removed.

General Gameplay

  • Shading is lighter in the localized versions. Some paths have also been made more obvious.
  • When Tomba leaps on a Koma Pig, they fart in the Japanese version. Other versions have them make a grunting sound.

Village of all Beginnings

  • Tomba doesn't look around or show his surprised face when he meets the man at the beginning of the game in the Japanese version. He also fails to show them when he meets up with the man a little later.
  • The mailbox lacks the tornado around it in the Japanese version.
  • Charles is already in the tree in the Japanese version. In the localized versions, he leaps into the tree as Tomba approaches.
  • Part of the red house is pink instead of red in the Japanese versions.
  • There are sound effects in the tornado cutscene in the localized versions. They are completely absent in the Japanese version.
  • There's a Komba Pig on one of the rock platforms near the end of the area in the Japanese version. The Pig is absent in localized versions.
  • There are subtitles for the 100 Year Old Man's story in the Japanese version, but none for the localized versions.

Dwarf Forest

  • The Dwarf language uses symbols in the Japanese version, whereas the localized versions use nonsensical text.