|In the tradition of Rayman (a platform jumper) comes another wacky adventure
from Ubisoft. Ed, the friendly alien space janitor, accidentally dropped a can of
"tonic" on Earth, causing a great ecological disaster. Everything started mutating -
affecting humans, plants, and animals. Snow-capped mountains began to rise out of
nowhere, oceans appeared and disappeared, rivers filled with sangria, and plants and
animals began metamorphosing into strange and dangerous beings.
Ed is ordered to clean up the place and retrieve the tonic, but someone got hold of
it first... And he declared himself Master of Earth. Can Ed survive attack of the
killer vegetables, find the six items he needs to fix Earth, and retrieve the Tonic
can from Grogh the Hellish, and finally get out from Tonic Trouble? The game is
played in a fun-filled, comical 3D world that kids might enjoy, though it's designed
for all ages.
Early in 1999, a beta OEM version of Tonic Trouble called "Tonic Trouble Special Edition" was released with some computers. The game is very different to its final counterparts on the PC and Nintendo 64, featuring different level designs and, in some cases, music. Ed controls very differently and feels heavier due to a less-precise jump and tank-like controls. Unlike in the final PC version, there are no subtitles, and some characters have different voice actors. The beta version also has different names for some of the stages, and features a world map that can be brought up to check the player's progress on the collectibles in each stage.