We’re in the mid-90s, at that time, with the arrival of the PS1 and Nintendo 64, platform games became more than 3D. Two camps appear: those who put both feet in the plate, such as the flagship Jumping Flash or the base Super Mario 64; Others opt for a smoother transition, such as Crash Bandicoot and – which interests us today – Klonoa. A secret license, even at that time, returns in the form of a compilation of the first two episodes. Related back? We saw!
Find out above, in autoplay, a homemade gameplay video for the Klonoa 1 remaster.
- Tested on PS5. The Klonoa Phantasy Reverie series is available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One | switch chain.
He’s not a cult like Mario or Crash Bandicoot but his comeback is fun! Today, we’re talking about the Klonoa Phantasy Reverie series, a collection that includes the first two episodes of the license: Klonoa Door to Phantomile (1997, PS1) | Cameo Klonoa 2 Lunatia (2001, PS2). Of course, the famous bunny cat used this time to freshen up. They both benefit from nowUpdated game engine, offers – apart from some details – the same visual presentation in every part. It’s a good thing for Klonoa’s adventure on PS1, which at the time used a mix of 2D and 3D. For the PS2 class, it’s slimmer and more colorful than ever. Come on, let’s jump into this nostalgia bath. We tell you what it’s worth!
One ring to rule them all
We told you above, Klonoa is one of the first platform games to incorporate 3D in its approach to the genre. Although here the player moves on a two-dimensional axis, all other elements (decoration in particular) are in three dimensions. And so the franchise plays with the first and second planand the effects of depth and angle taken by the main road. There are also quite a few branch lines and alternate routes, especially on Door to Phantomile. Oftentimes, it will take a teleporter to hit a path that can be seen from a distance or grab an opponent to swing a switch in the background of the scene. Because Klonoa can count on a magic ring that allows him to catch | Firing almost all enemies, like suction | Kirby spit. In this way, the rabbit cat can do a double jump, attack or destroy objects forward / down / down, but also exploit the creatures’ abilities (such as flying). The last point is more advanced in Klonoa 2.
Furthermore, know that this compilation includes Two new difficulty modes : “Facile” (cinq coeurs au lieu de trois, moins de dégâts des ennemis, nombre de vies illimité) et “Difficile”, qui se débloque sur chaque épisode après avoir terminé l’aventure – tout mode contre un autre hour. While “Normal” mode restores the same challenge as the original games. Above all, “Easy” extends the magic ring’s reach to capture monsters without getting too attached. Very good point: This aspect of Klonoa’s gameplay often seemed flawed to us, especially in the first game. This one offers more floating sensations, generally less successful than its older brother, with a level design that is sometimes quite labyrinthine. So we recommend that you start with Door to Phantomile to feel better and not “inferior” to the rest of the game!
Two player mode, fast forward:
In addition to the new engine and difficulty modes, the Klonoa Phantasy Reverie series offers other small bonuses: first, the possibility to play twice. We’re not talking about the cooperation of two players on the same screen, but aboutSupport the hero to make a big leap (Maybe equivalent to double jump). Your friend will then have to press a key to activate this ability, and that’s it! So we imagine parents accompanying their child. Klonoa becomes much simpler, since there is no need to catch a monster to jump twice and cross an obstacle. Finally, note that you can now speed up cutting operations (x5 playback speed) or simply skip them altogether if you like.
Klonoa 2 – Level in Troubled Water (Play Mode)
As you understand, Klonoa is based on a rather original gameplay. Here, you should not rely on the abilities of the hero but on the abilities offered by the enemies. On this point, Episode Two performs better than its predecessor, as new creatures are introduced regularly and in serviceReal variety of gameplay (Much like Sonic Colors). In Lunatea’s Veil’s you can for example dash through the air in rocket mode, fire a bolt of lightning, and fly for a few seconds thanks to a propeller. A beautiful picture complemented by other qualities: well-exploited levels themes, fun snowboarding stages, more successful bosses, and a better integrated and well-connected narrative. Let’s agree: The Door to Phantomile has adjectives, but it seems too much – and it obviously makes sense – for a draft of the second opus.
Even though Klonoa 2 is a cut above the first episode, browsing the two parts is still a lot of fun. At this point we must salute the beautiful remake work of Monkey Craft studio (Katamari Damacy Reroll) especially in the founding game of 1997. In direct comparison, the result is immediate: we see A strong balance between sincerity | modernityAnd you don’t have to blush in the face of modern platform games. With regards to Klonoa 2 – as mentioned above – the application is necessarily less hair-raising because it is much closer to the base material, but it proves to be more than satisfying. In short, a favorite setting to move through levels against the backdrop of a haunting soundtrack, find hidden objects and 150 gems. All in all, a very enjoyable journey through time, even if burdened with old school game design.
- 2 games in 1 (10-12 hours in a straight line)
- Powerful Optical Repair
- The original game is still relevant
- New “Easy” difficulty mode
- Klonoa 1 clearly below
- Too old design sometimes
Are you looking for a colorful and original platform game? Then the Klonoa Phantasy Reverie series might be right for you! In this compilation of the first two of the Klonoa series, Bandai Namco and studio Monkey Craft present a powerful redesign, especially in the foundational segment. Despite the simple style, the levels are colorful and very fun to navigate. Of course, the level design remains the same as the title from the end of 1990 and the beginning of 2000, which is especially felt in Klonoa 1. Despite everything, the saga is charming and finds its climax during the second episode. In short, a cute nostalgic arc!
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