Excerpt: What we have here is a remake of a game that first appeared on the original PlayStation, given upgraded graphics and a range of control options, and released on the Wii. But will the old-school gameplay put off new players, or introduce them to a whole new genre? Klonoa is a furry creature with large wing-like ears that help him jump and float by holding the jump button down. To deal with the enemies, he can fire wind bullets.
Excerpt: Finding a decent third party Wii game can be tough. For every Red Steel 2 or Okami there are literally dozens and dozens shovelware titles like Petz: Crazy Monkeyz and Ninjabread Man – games that are so atrocious one can’t help but yearn for the revival of Nintendo’s now defunct Seal of Quality.
Summary: Parents need to know that this game is a traditional, Mario-style platform adventure with mild cartoon violence. The player's character can fall into crevasses and get hurt when bumping into enemies or spiky objects. Conversely, he can attack by grabbing enemies and hurling them at other foes. There is no blood, but some characters (mostly bosses) do die. Also, a pipe is seen protruding from an older character's mouth.
Conclusion: Concept: Revive a cult PSone platformer on a family friendly platform
Graphics: Much improved from the original. Think modern Sonic games
Sound: Annoying voice acting replaces the nonsensical blathering from before
Playability: Hold the remote NES-style and you're good to go
Entertainment: You don't see many decent old-school platformers like this around anymore
Conclusion: While Klonoa is undoubtedly a breeze, for the most part I found it an enjoyable breeze. Both the platforming sections and the boss battles are fun to take part in. Considering it's been released at a budget price, you can't be too harsh on its short length. Overall a thumbs up in my opinion, and kids would likely get even more out of it.
Conclusion: Klonoa is truly an adventure worth experiencing. It's undeniably charming, despite its somewhat outdated vibe. It plays great, and there's enough gameplay diversity to keep players engaged throughout the entirety of the game. Therefore, I say it's worth the $30. Most Wii players probably never got to play the original PlayStation version, and they might not even know about Klonoa at all!
Summary: This remake is a wonderful addition to the Wii library. I'm very glad Namco Bandai decided to bring back this classic and not just port it to the system. The fact that they took the time to add 3D graphics, voice work, redo the audio, and make the controls simple should be commended. I'm also glad they left the rest of the game intact for the series and platforming veterans out there.
Excerpt: Klonoa is a remake of the PlayStation classic Klonoa: Door to Phantomile. The original title in the franchise has been completely reworked with new 3-D graphics and multiple control schemes. This game seems to fit very well on the Wii; it features a family-friendly aesthetic, and a rabbit-cat-bipedal protagonist. However, it is also a very deep platforming title that will appeal to many hardcore gamers.