Tokyo Jungle Migrates to Europe and North America

Trust Japan to once again turn everything we know on its heels (erm, paws?).

It’s no secret that post-apocalyptic worlds are a hot setting for games, books and movies right now. Whether it’s a direct result of the impending Mayan doomsday on December 21 or a cooler spinoff of the current vampire fad, we aren’t sure, but the zombie-infested world’s end has proven to be much more interesting than its present.

Tokyo Jungle, a PS3 game developed by PlayStation C.A.M.P. and Crispy’s, is set in such a world. But forget zombies—the humans, and whatever may have become of them in the afterlife, are long gone from this industrialized forest. Instead, players control a variety of animals that have managed to survive, roaming the streets and fighting to continue doing just that. The main playable species include pomeranians, beagles, deer, hyena and lions. Here’s a look at some of the gameplay:

Although admittedly kind of cute, the game gets pretty terrifying, especially when your fluffy little pomeranian goes feral on some unsuspecting bunny. That’s right—how else are you going to survive? Why, by feeding on other animals, of course!

The game’s story mode is focused on completing animal-specific missions that ultimately unveil the reason behind mankind’s extinction (actually, there’s no guarantee that mankind is extinct. Maybe they just grew terrified of their increasingly ferocious beagles and decided that the recent landing on Mars was worth looking into). Alternately, in survival mode, players choose an animal and hunt, claim territory, reproduce, and fight to ensure their species’ survival.

The game was released in Japan on June 7th of this year. It’s expected to be available to North America and Europe on the Playstation Network on September 25th. All teasing aside, it was a pretty big hit in Japan, selling hundreds of thousands of copies in its first week. Sony has announced the Network price for the game to be $14.99 USD.

Cristina R. Guarino is a New York City born-and-raised freelance writer and lover of all things fantasy. She's written for a number of online and print publications and is a co-founder of the word sprinting-themed blog, The Sprint Shack. You can follow her writing and publishing pursuits, or maybe geek out with her over Pokemon and other such awesome things, on her blog at http://crgwrites.wordpress.com

  • Wow. Just…. wow. Leave it to the Japanese to come up with the weirdest games. But then again, some of my fave games are super weird Japanese ones, so you never know!

  • Ariel Kroon

    This is the first game I have come across in … pretty much ever that makes me really really want to play it. Would that I had a PS3!