Are you one of the many late 20 to early 30 year old gamers out there who long for the days of Rare’s “golden era” when classic like Donkey Kong Country, Banjo-Kazooie, Killer Instinct, and GoldenEye 007 were filling the cartridge slots on so many SNES and N64s? Well stay tuned because coming soon to a PS4 and/or PC near you is Tamarin, an upcoming 3D platformer and adventure game from some of the same devs who made those classics so many years ago.

Tamarin is being developed by Chameleon Games and being directed by Omar Sawi who brought on a lot of talent formally working for Rare including DKC composer David Wise. They aim to make Tamarin an atmospheric adventure through a Nordic inspired landscape as you help it’s monkey like protagonist save his family from the opposing insectoid army. You can checkout the trailer below. It reminds me a lot of one of the more forgotten Rare titles, Jet Force Gemini.

Tamarin is set to release in the not too distant future for both PlayStation 4 and PC for $29.99 USD. There will also be Deluxe Edition that includes the soundtrack for $39.99, and if you would like to pre-order the game you can do so on Chameleon Games website.

As always, you can checkout the press release below for more details:

Introducing Tamarin: a 3D action-adventure crafted by golden era Rare veterans

Explore, leap and shoot to save your family from
the insect invasion

London, United Kingdom – April 24th, 2019 – Leap into action and discover nature as independent developer Chameleon Games announce Tamarin™, a third-person action-adventure game set in beautiful Nordic scenery, starring the world’s cutest monkey. Pollution and destruction from ever-expanding insects sets the agile monkey into a fight for his family’s survival. Scheduled for release on PlayStation 4 and PC this summer, Tamarin channels the energy of 3D platformer classics and explorative Metroidvania shooters, hand-crafted by a team which includes an all-star cast of veterans from Rare’s golden era.

Explore an incredible interconnected 3D world, brimming with primate platforming and bug-splattering shooter action. Leap with the agility of a tamarin as you journey into the Northern wilderness on scenic routes through forests, fjords and mountains. Along the way you will chase mysterious electrical fireflies, discover a secret underground world of dancing ants, rescue innocent birds, and restore the tamarins’ once idyllic natural habitat.

Tamarin is directed by Omar Sawi, who has brought on an all-star cast from Rare’s golden era to help execute his creative vision for Tamarin and recapture the style and magical experiences they were famous for. Creators of iconic characters such as Diddy Kong, Banjo-Kazooie, and Battletoads are responsible for Tamarin’s concept art, pre-production and character design. Donkey Kong 64 artist Richard Vaucher leads the art production and provides energetic, responsive animations. Donkey Kong Country composer David Wise adds to the atmosphere with compositions of melodic beauty and a brand-new style of catchy industrial beats. This is complemented by impactful sound effects by action-title veteran Graeme Norgate (GoldenEye 007, Killer Instinct).

“A lot of species are going extinct and their natural habitat is being lost and I’ve always wished to make a game series inspired by the most wonderful species and scenery on Earth,” said Omar Sawi, Founder of Chameleon Games. “Tamarin combines cute characters, beautiful locations, a catchy soundtrack and a combination of fun exploratory platforming and action shooter gameplay into something that appeals to a wide multi-gender demographic.”

Tamarin will be available on the PlayStation Store and Steam for PC at $29.99 / £22.99 / €27.99. A Deluxe Edition that includes the soundtrack will be $39.99 / £29.99 / €35.99.

Pre-orders are available now on the official Tamarin website, and include the following bonuses:
– 10% off!
– Instant access to free Tamarin wallpapers
– Exclusive first listen to a tune from the game’s soundtrack
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Aaron Evangelisti
Aaron is a lifelong video games enthusiast who's been playing since the days of the NES. He enjoys just about all types of games from RPGs, to platformers, to strategy. He also fancies himself a bit of a writer so writing about video games makes sense, right?