Having never played or even really heard much about the Klonoa series, I was pretty eager to check it out when I heard this packaged together remasters of its original two titles. While I’m not positive the very unique style of play they offer will be for everyone I do have to give the folks behind them for daring to be different, obviously trying to be as family-friendly and accessible as possible, and adding an endearingly cute and pleasant hero to the mix. This is a quasi-3D platformer whose take on classic side-scrolling platforming gets supplemented by items and secrets in the foreground and background which you can throw enemies at, as well as paths that will pivot and rotate in 3D as you move along them. This all gives the game a very unique look and feel, and affords the developers some cool opportunities to flex a bit and create stages that are simply unique. Add to that opportunities not just to tone down the difficulty, but then to also have a friend join in as a second player who is able to support and help the primary player jump higher to reach tough spots and it’s also a great title to share with young (or old, I suppose) gamers in training to help them get into the game without too much frustration. For people who have fond memories of these games I would imagine this will be a great way to cultivate a new appreciation for them once more, and for everyone else if you’re willing to adopt a style of play that’s just a bit different than you’re used to it’s a very pleasant and sometimes surprising trip as well.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.0]