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Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 3: Night of the Quinkan is the third installment of the video game series, Ty the Tasmanian Tiger. It is the only game in the series to be published by Activision instead of Electronic Arts, which published the game's two predecessors. It was developed by Krome Studios and was released for PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox and Game Boy Advance. This game was, disappointingly, not released in the United Kingdom.

Gameplay

A new addition to the series are the Bunyip stones. These have special abilities, and can be used to upgrade the boomerangs' powers. At first, Ty has only one boomerang "chassis", and no Bunyip Stones whatsoever. However, Ty can purchase and earn new boomerangs and Bunyip Stones. There are 2 different stores in the game where you can buy boomerangs: the shop owned by Ty's brother and one in Cassopolis. The different chassis have different amounts of Bunyip Stone slots in them, as to make the player strategize which stones he or she should equip. Certain Bunyip Stones can also cancel each other out (mostly elemental stones [elemental damages cancel each other out], or warp stones [these seem to be incompatible with most other stones]). Incompatible stones show up as glowing red when equipped to a chassis. Any stone's effect can be compounded by using up to 3 stones.

Plot

One day, the Bunyip Elder summonned Ty and Shazza for a small meeting. After teleporting them to the Dreamtime, the Bunyip Elder told them of an evil and mysterious force that was taking over the Dreaming, the Quinkan. After obtaining the Shadow Gauntlet, Ty and Shazza assist the Bunyips in removing the Quinkan from the Dreaming and are successful.

Afterwards, Ty and Shazza are warped back to the realworld. However, while they were being warped, a Quinkan knocked Shazza into the real world and out of Ty's reach. Ty is warped back to the real world, but six months after his training in the Dreamtime. It turns out Burramudgee has been assaulted by the Quinkan and is only a shadow of its former self.

Dennis, a rich tree frog and an old friend of Ty's has taken charge of the war effort in Southern Rivers after Bush Rescue disbanded. After a brief reunion with his family and Shazza, Dennis assigns Ty the task of reuniting the Bush Rescue Squad. In order to access the other parts of Southern Rivers, Ty defeats a Hexaquin that is guarding the gateway to the other places.

Afterwards, Shazza is kidnapped by the Quinkan. Ty then meets Fluffy and she informs him that Boss Cass might have information on where Shazza is. When Ty goes to Cassopolis, Boss Cass says he's been talking with the Quinkan and might be able to figure out where Shazza is. Eventually, Cass comes good on his word and found out Shazza was being held hostage by a Dragonquin which Ty defeats and then rescues Shazza afterwards.

She tells Ty and Bush Rescue that the Quinkan are preparing the way for the Quinking and a weapon to defeat him was somewhere in Southern Rivers. The topic of a Quinkan expert named Steve was brought up in the conversation and that he was missing. Ty, Shazza and Fluffy find the Quinkan expert and it turns out to be Gooboo Steve. He said he hid a Shadow Rang and the Shadow Stones to power the rang across the Outback. The Bush Rescue members find the rang and stones and prepare for the final confrontation with the Quinking.

Ty confronts the Quinking and defeats him in a terrific battle. However, Boss Cass has captured Shazza, Sly and Fluffy who accompanied Ty on his way to fight the Quinking. Since Boss Cass wanted to rule Southern Rivers for himself, he fired a laser beam at Ty and the Quinking. Fluffy then sacrifices herself to save Ty and takes the shot. With Boss Cass stopped, Southern Rivers returns to a state of peace remembering Fluffy as a hero. In the Game Boy Advance version of the game, there is a scene after the credits showing Fluffy's decapitated tail and explicitly saying in the text bar "To be continued...", obviously hinting a future game.

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