A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Our hero serves the forces of good. He save various characters, restores life to a forest, and defeats an evil mastermind looking to lead the world into darkness.Â
Violence & Scariness
Typical platform game action. Players capture and toss enemies to destroy them (they squeak and disappear) while avoiding contact with spiky objects and falling into crevasses. Itâ€™s fairly mild, though some characters (mostly enemy bosses) die.
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Products & Purchases
This game is effectively a reboot of the aging but popular Klonoa franchise.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A grandfatherly character chews on a pipe.
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Parents Need to Know
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.
Is It Any Good?
There's nothing particularly groundbreaking about Klonoa, but that doesn't detract from the fact that this is a beautiful and expertly crafted bit of platforming fun. The side-scrolling 3-D level design is nothing short of brilliant. Players navigate lush environments by running circular paths around buildings, ducking in and out of caves, and leaping through the canopies of forests. What's more, the simple controls, which make use of just three buttons and either the joystick or d-pad (Klonoa works with not only the remote and nunchuk, but also Wii Classic and GameCube controllers), can be learned in minutes, regardless of the player's previous experience with games in this genre.
Klonoa's only downfall is that it runs on the short side -- just six hours or so, by our clock. Even casual players could finish it in a single weekend. And with no multi-player options, there's little reason to come back. A great game, but one that is perhaps better rented than purchased.
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