Why Could Stray Have Succeeded Where Tokyo Jungle Has Not

Why Could Stray Have Succeeded Where Tokyo Jungle Has Not ...

Tokyo Jungle had all the same features as Stray, except for its ludicrous narrative and poor graphics. No further sequels have been announced, leaving the game with the cult-classic charm.

This raises the question why Stray failed in the first place, although there are some objective differences between the two, many of which are down to style and tone. Taking a step back and looking at Stray from a different angle can reveal how strange the plot is, from a trash-eating, hive-mind bacteria to a cat befriending a human being trapped in a drone while being surrounded by sentient robots.

Where Stray and Tokyo Jungle Are Alike

Both games have a similar backing narrative around humanity's disappearance, but there's more to them than Stray's, including status bars for hunger and endurance. Tokyo Jungle employs a stealth mechanic that might go beyond Stray's attempt at stealth, better representing the wide variety of animals players might encounter.

The tales of Tokyo Jungle can be crafted as a collection of playable animals. Even its ending is a decent comparison to Stray, in which players take control of robotic animals, culminating in a decision to try and save what's left of humanity.

Where Stray and Tokyo Jungle Are Different

To place the two games side by side demonstrates that overeagerness may have resulted in Tokyo Jungle failing to succeed where Stray does. By limiting the game to just one animal, and not deviating from this scope, Stray was able to present a perfectly coherent, polished experience. On the other hand, Tokyo Jungle has over 80 animals, and the increased roster increased the likelihood that their gameplay would not be as cohesive.

The game's progression pushed Tokyo Jungle to new directions, from domestic dog breeds and wild cats, to dinosaurs and robots. Stray's decision to combine its cyberpunk sensibilities with its futuristic narrative is another reason why it plays more cohesively than Tokyo Jungle.

To make matters worse, Tokyo Jungle might not have a significant enough following to be ported to current consoles. Along with Stray and several other titles, players are becoming more interested in other gaming experiences. Animal protagonists are becoming more common and popular, especially when independent developers capitalize on the trend.

Stray is now available on PC, PS4, and PS5.