Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
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  1. A complete package. It combines some fine storytelling, great presentation values on every level, interesting puzzles, and great platforming to make for a fun ride that doesn't leave too soon or overstay its welcome.
  2. Nintendo Power
    85
    In its humor, gameplay and general accessibility, Tak: The Great Juju Challenge is a giant leap for character-based platformers. [Nov 2005, p.116]
  3. The game's balanced humor ensures that players won't lose interest, and the ability to jump in and out of proceedings by a second human player definitely adds an extra dimension to what's already a great adventure platform title.
  4. An extremely fun platformer with the best cooperative gameplay I've seen all year.
  5. 80
    Tak and Lok are funny, likeable heroes who spring to life with impressively fluid animation and brilliant voice work. Kids will love them from the start. And the game's new two-character dynamic successfully breathes fresh life into the series.
  6. It's a testament to innovative thinking that the brilliant developers at Avalanche Software are able to find a way to breathe new life into an old premise and a series that most gamers would probably imagine has run its course.
  7. 80
    Its multiplayer co-op hook is also a nice hook for getting brothers and sisters or moms and dads involved as a sidekick for a little family game action. That's never a bad thing.
  8. If the partner AI had been cleaned up a touch more and stronger effort had gone into building the Proving Grounds challenges up to be segments that were actually fun and rewarding to play, The Great Juju Challenge could've had a shot at competing with the Sly Cooper's and Ratchet & Clank's of the world.
  9. 76
    While the title does introduce a lot of new elements to spice up the Tak formula, they unfortunately come off feeling as though they could have fleshed out a bit more if the developer had more dev-time.
  10. The humor and characters are appealing, and the gameplay, while not too easy, isn't so hard that the kids can't play.
  11. Play Magazine
    75
    Control is still a tad clunky but a super fun game nevertheless. [Nov p.94]
  12. AceGamez
    70
    Tak: The Great JuJu Challenge takes a fairly average platforming formula and puts a unique turn with it, making each level a race against the clock where speed is of the essence, but so is exploration.
  13. To Avalanche Software's credit, The Great Juju Challenge represents a valid step towards a final acclimatisation.
  14. 68
    Its main issue is a lack of originality in an increasingly stale genre. Where THQ tries to innovate, they do not execute well enough to rationalize buying Tak over any other 3D platformer.
  15. The Great Juju Challenge is respectable with some high moments, but the last set of levels aren't quite as fun, and the final Proving Grounds battle is outright frustrating and repetitive.
  16. The controls felt loose and sluggish, and so did the rest of the game.
  17. Tak 3 certainly has some adorable moments, but they're overshadowed by a frustrating design and sloppy gameplay mechanics.

Awards & Rankings

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#63 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2005
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#42 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2005
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Dec 16, 2017
    10
    This game was one of the farthest things from perfect, but it was so much fun. It was one of the first few coop games that managed to do so inThis game was one of the farthest things from perfect, but it was so much fun. It was one of the first few coop games that managed to do so in a sense where you actually had to work together, one person couldn't beat the game on his own if the other person didn't want to help. It wasn't a shooter where one person could do all the work. It was amazing the feeling of playing this game with my brother, it brought us so close. We laughed so much because certain parts of the games we managed to exploit. This was before the internet so my brother and I would try everything to get glitches to work. This by far has to be one of my most played games of all time which is pretty amazing. This game earned a perfect score. Not because the graphics were good, not because the gameplay was perfect. It was just so simple and it brought my brother and I close and it was truly fun, we didn't play the game just to beat it, we didn't play it to reach a certain point, we played it for fun and that is one of the greatest feelings. Not many games can do that for me but this was one of them. The music was good, the coop was beyond fun, a great game in my memory. Full Review »
  2. EliR.
    Dec 31, 2005
    9
    i'm 7 years old and i liked it because it was challenging and funny and had lots of hard and long levels. pretty good graphics too. some i'm 7 years old and i liked it because it was challenging and funny and had lots of hard and long levels. pretty good graphics too. some potty talk but it's funny when you get used to it. Full Review »