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Tomba! (Tombi! in the PAL region, Ore! Tomba in Japan.) is the first game in the series developed by Whoopee Camp and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. It is an side-scrolling action-adventure RPG created for the Sony PlayStation. It was released in 1997 in Japan and in 1998 for North America and PAL regions. It was re-released on the Playstation Network in 2011 in Japan and in 2012 for North America and PAL regions by MonkeyPaw Games.

Whoopee Camp would release a sequel in 1999 called: Tomba!_2:_The_Evil_Swine_Return also for the Sony PlayStation.


The story revolves around Tomba, a feral boy whose grandfather's golden bracelet is stolen by the evil pigs. Tomba journeys across his homeland to find and capture the evil pigs and reclaim his bracelet.


Tomba! is a 2.5D platformer, this is because the player can't only walk to the left or to the right but they are also able to jump into the foreground or background. During the game the player will have access to loads of items which will help them during the game, such as weapons and consumables. Some items are also used to completed Events, another big part of the game which is the core gameplay of Tomba!, the player will come across countless Events during the adventure which are needed to be completed to continue in the story.


During the game Tomba meets a plethora of people who are willing to aid him is his adventure.

  • Tomba - A feral boy on a quest to retrieve his grandfather's bracelet from the Evil Pigs.
  • Charles - A monkey who teaches Tomba some new abilities
  • 100 Year Old Man - One of the Old Men of Time

For a full list of characters appearing in Tomba 1 you can go to Tomba 1 Characters.


The player will come across many different enemies, some of these can be jumped on by Tomba and trowhn away to kill them, granting Adventure Points and Experince in 1 of the 3 different colored XP bars. Some enemies need to be defeated in a different way and some enemies can't be defeated at all. Some enemies dissapear when a place is purified by defeating the assosiated Evil Pig.

For a full list of enemies that can be encountered see List of Tomba 1 Enemies.


During the game a plethera of different items can be obtained, either by opening chests scatered around the world, found laying around or as rewards for completing certain Events. Items are catagorised into 4 different color groups:

Black items: Aren't used automatically, mostly used by consumables.

Blue items: are used automatically and are mostly used for events.

Green items: are equippable items, like weapons and pants.

Red items: are keys that are used automatically to open chests and doors.

For a full list of items see Tomba 1 Items


Events are one, if not, the core mechanic of Tomba!. Events can be started by talking to certain characters, getting certain items or after completing another event. When a event is found or completed the player will be awarded Adventure Points (Shortend to AP) and sometimes items or health upgrades, some of these are vital to complete te game. The player can view all found and completed Events in the Event tab, when a Event is found but no completed it will be written in red, if a Event is completed it will be written in black and a icon will be next to it. The player is able to "View" events which will show a short description of the event.

To see the full list of events in Tomba! see Event list



The music was created by Harumi Fujita with the exception of 2 songs that were created by Nao Hatsutani at the request of Tokuro Fujiwara, these songs are:

  • Familiar Looking Mansion
  • The Mermaid's Singing Rock

These songs were made with the help of Fujita. The soundtrack was made with the following equipment:

  • Roland JV-1080
  • Korg 01R/W
  • AKAI S2800i Sampler

The equipment along with the original floppydisk with the soundtrack where destroyed, Fujita has kept the original uncompressed soundtrack in digital format and wishes to release it one day.


Before Tomba! released to the public a lot of demos where released, over the years some early prototypes also surficed, you can view all current known builds of the game here:List_of_Tomba_games,_demos,_and_prototypes