Jumping is the primary way Tomba defeats enemies and is the only way to open things such as chests. When Tomba jumps on an enemy, he will grab them and throw them away.
Tomba has the ability to swing on branches and poles. This allows him to find hidden areas and progress through the levels.
Through the game, Tomba will come across weapons such as a boomerang and a mace. These give Tomba alternate ways of defeating enemies.
Within the game, there is a mission system. During these missions, Tomba's skills come into play. Completing a mission gives Tomba adventure points (AP). This AP is required to open AP boxes which will either give out more AP or items. There are also special places and information that can only be accessed with enough AP. There are 130 missions in the game.
Tomba! takes place on a group of islands which do not appear on any map. The people of the islands have lived in peace for many years. However, seven evil pigs appeared one day and used their magical powers to mutate the landscape. Later, the minions of the Evil Pigs, the Koma Pigs, stole a bangle that belonged to Tomba's grandfather, as well as a substantial amount of gold.
Tomba then sets out to get the bangle back and stop the pigs. In order to trap the seven Evil Pigs, Tomba must find the Evil Pig Bags.
Tomba: The protagonist of the game.
Charles: A funky monkey that Tomba meets, he teaches abilities such as the Animal Dash and also teaches Tomba how to swim.
100 Year Old Wise Man: He gives Tomba a key to unlock chests and also tells a story about the Evil Pigs.
Baron: A dog who aids Tomba on his journey by taking him to previously visited places.
Yan: A mysterious boy who challenges Tomba throughout the game.
The Evil Pigs: The masterminds behind the game's plot.
Koma Pigs: The main enemies of the game.
The game was met with universally positive reviews but the game sales were only moderate. Due to the developer of the game going out of business, the game disc is considered rare.