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Tak and the Power of Juju is the first game of the Tak and the Power of Juju Franchise. The game was developed by Avalanche Software, and released on the PlayStation 2, GameCube, and the Game Boy Advance. It was released in North America on October 15, 2003, and in the PAL Region on March 12, 2004.
The game opens with Jibolba, an old but wise Shaman, summoning the player. He tells the player that Pupanunu People's Prophecy, as it has came true. After Jibolba is named the High Shaman of the Pupanunu Village, the other Shaman, Tlaloc grew angry. In his rage, he and his minions, Pins and Needles, snuck into the Moon Temple and stole the sacred Moonstones to rid power from the Moon Juju who protected the village. Tlaloc then took his own power and turned the defenseless villagers into sheep. Jibolba could only save a few, although in the end the warrior, Lok, was also turned into a sheep. Jibolba then tells as Lok was supposed to fulfill the prophecy. To return Lok to his normal form, he sends his other apprentice, Tak to collect nine Magical Nubu Plants.
Being guided by a Juju, Flora, Tak goes to the Burial Grounds, Lower Tree Village, and either Chicken Island or Dryrock Canyon. After collecting the nine plants, Jibolba performs a spell on the sheep, and it is revealed that it is not Lok, but his squire, Tobar. While Jibolba sorts everything out, he sends Tak to the Upper Tree Village to get the Spirit Rattle. When Tak arrives, he must fight Pins and Needles to get the rattle. When he returns, Tak learns that the sheep crushed and killed Lok. In a last ditch effort, Jibolba tells Tak to get 100 Yorbels and Lok's Spirit from the Spirit World to resurrect Lok.
Tak goes to a variety of locations, and collects all the needed items. When he returns, Jibolba resurrects Lok, but as he is going to set off, something happens. He asks to go to the outhouse, and Jibolba tells Tak that Lok has Resurrection's Revenge. While Lok prepares, Jibolba gives Tak the Amulet of Champions to get access to the area with the Moonstones. Tak goes to Chicken Temple, Sun Temple, and Mountain Top North. There he fights off Pins and Needles to get the Moonstones.
When Tak returns, Jibolba restores the Moon Juju's power, where it is revealed that Tak has fulfilled the prophecy, not Lok. She sends Tak to the Dark Temple to fight Tlaloc. Here Tak fights Tlaloc through different platforms, slowly destroying his giant plant that is the source of his power. In the end, Tlaloc turns Flora into an Orangutan. She launches Tak into the plant, and using his Power of Juju, he turns Tlaloc into a sheep. Flora then launches Tlaloc into the exploding plant, which sends Tlaloc to Mountain Top with a group of "loving" Rams. Flora and Tak dance off, waiting for their triumphant return to the Village.
- Mummy King
- Moon Juju
- Dinky Juju
- Caged Juju
- Dead Juju
- Two-Headed Juju
- Jason Marsden-Tak
- Patrick Warburton-Lok
- Rob Paulson-Tlaloc, Dead Juju
- Jeff Bennett
The PS2 and Gamecube Versions received Mixed or Average reviews, while the GBA Version received generally positive reviews.
The Original Series would be made into Tak and the Power of Juju, a Nickelodeon television series. It would release two games during its run:
- Tak and the Guardians of Gross
- Tak: Mojo Mistake
- This game's sequels would take the best elements from this game (i.e. comedy, animals), and add new ones, to make a better game.
- According to Avalanche Studio's John Blackburn, Tak was conceived in 1996 and pitched to THQ and Nick Games.
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|Tak and the Power of Juju · Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams · Tak: The Great Juju Challenge · Tak and the Guardians of Gross · Tak: Mojo Mistake|