Tom and Jerry in War of the Whiskers is a fighting video game developed by VIS Entertainment, published by NewKidCo and distributed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for PlayStation 2, GameCube and Xbox. It is the sequel to the 3D cartoon fighting video game Tom and Jerry in Fists of Furry for Nintendo 64 and Microsoft Windows. It allows up to four players to play simultaneously. It was the only NewKidCo game ever released to receive a T rating. While the PlayStation 2 version saw releases in all major regions, the GameCube and Xbox versions were only exclusive to North America. The game received mixed reviews from critics, with Metacritic scores of 63/100, 64/100, and 50/100 on PlayStation 2, GameCube and Xbox, respectively.
War of the Whiskers is a four player arena fighting game. Players control the show’s characters in combat within arenas themed after specific episodes.
The objective of the game is to defeat your opponent in a set amount of time and rounds. There are three types of gameplay. First is Challenge mode, where the player fights a certain set of characters (The opponents are the enemies of the character chosen from classic Tom and Jerry cartoons) until either Monster Jerry, a bigger and scary mutated Jerry, or Robot Cat, one of Tom’s creations, is fought and knocked-out. Another is Versus, where a basic one-on-one fight is held. The last is Tag Battle, where a player work by himself or with a friend to fight two enemies.
The four modes of play are single player, versus, tag team, and team play. New characters are unlocked if the player wins against the computer. Characters include Tom, Jerry, Butch, Spike, Tyke, Robot Cat, Eagle, Lion, Nibbles, Monster Jerry, and Duckling, who use more than 75 weapons to beat each other with. Costumes are also unlocked, allowing specific characters to have more attire. 12 destructible environments include a kitchen, beach, snowy winter, cruise ship, junk yard, unstable construction site, Italian market, haunted house, mad scientist lab, western town, castle, Hell, and a boxing arena.
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