|Tom & Jerry 3|
Tom & Jerry 3 title screen
|Alternate names/hacks||Primitive Man, Primitive Woman, Primitive, Primitive II|
Tom & Jerry 3 is an unlicensed port of Tom & Jerry: Frantc Antics released for the NES/Famicom by Dragon Co. at an unknown date based on the cartoon shorts of the same name.
In this game, players take turns controlling Tom and Jerry through 5 stages, with a boss being at the end of each one. Between them they possess the same abilities, such as speed, jump height and even the ability to throw projectile weapons.
Both Tom and Jerry also have the ability to run and crawl, both of which are activated in ways contrary to platforming norms. To run, the player has to hold down Down/Right or Down/Left, depending on the direction they wish to go in, and to crawl, the player must hold Down and then tap the the A button rapidly.
Both characters have a life gauge consisting of three hits per life, but unlike usual games when their life gauge depletes, a life is deducted and the player may proceed with the game as usual, unless they fall down a pit in which case the game will return the player to the nearest checkpoint. To regain lives, the player may pick up cans, collecting 25 of these will earn the player a life. Food items, such as apples and meat, will also earn the player another life.
Two hacked versions of this game made by Nice Code (known as Primitive Man and Primitive Woman) can be found on some Famiclones. These hacks separate the Tom levels apart from the Jerry levels, thus making two different games from just one. Some sprites are also edited in these versions. A version was also released by Nanjing as Primitive which may combine the two but details about this release are currently unknown, as the game has not been dumped yet.