Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. It has all the standard components of traditional platform titles but disguises them with clever game design, intuitive character interaction, and constant humor.
  2. The main problem that Tak And The Power Of Juju has is persuading gamers that it is not a game aimed merely at a young audience and that there is plenty of challenge here whatever your age.
  3. Play Magazine
    Tak is one of the most detailed platformers I've ever seen, and possesses a measure of style that sets the universe apart, akin to what Michel Ancel accomplished with "Rayman." [Nov 2003, p.82]
  4. 82
    Perhaps it's because of the goofy main character, a humorous plot line, or some creative ways to present age old puzzles, but you're compelled to play through Tak. It's fun and incorporates platform collecting in a way that doesn't seem like you're gathering all sorts of items.
  5. Nintendo Power
    A perfectly competent platformer with some great voice acting, but it doesn't really bring anyting new to the table. [Dec 2003, p.138]
  6. Frustrating but still enjoyable, full of character and quirky charm, with a bit more spit 'n' polish and tighter game design Tak could so easily have been a classic.
  7. Despite having a large number of fetch-quests, the game is fun, and even attempts to innovate a little with it's magic system.
  8. The game's got a distinctive look to it, and some good moments, but some tedious collection tasks and exploration elements drag the game down.
  9. Unfortunately the game has poor layouts for the levels that even adults will have trouble navigating. The game certainly had a strong sense of personality and a well realized world. It's unfortunate that all players can do is run circles in such a nice environment.
  10. If the level design and path finding was a little easy I would be happy to say that this game was brilliant for the kids but in all honesty, I feel even they would get fed up of playing after an hour or so.
  11. Tak isn’t the worst platformer we’ve seen and will certainly appeal to the younger gamers out there; however its sheer insistence on the generic platform formula is enough to deter most people.
  12. 60
    An excellent example of a "slacker" game: it gets as little done as it can while making sure it fills its quota so it can be out the door for the day. There isn't a thing new here and it makes no attempt to improve the genre.
  13. It doesn't do anything particularly innovative, but that shouldn't stop people from enjoying the game's vast locations, strangely funny Pupanunu people, and quirky use of animals.
  14. 50
    Despite its kiddy appearance and theme, it's far too frustrating and unhelpful to recommend for a youngster. Or anyone that hasn't exhausted the many better options, for that matter.
  15. Problematically, it just doesn’t do too anything new and doesn’t space itself out from the crowd. It feels like you’ve played this game before and you probably have - in better, more interesting forms.

Awards & Rankings

#76 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2003
#57 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2003
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. MarkH.
    Jun 19, 2004
    Chickens- those stupid chicken levels. What were they thinking! I made an omlet out of this game and it gave me indigestion!
  2. DenisP.
    Nov 7, 2003
    This game is great. It's really funny and has good graphics.
  3. HeatherH.
    Oct 22, 2003
    I love this game. I love the quirky humor of it. The graphics are astounding. I only wish it were for more players. The gameplay is pretty good.