Klonoa 2: Lunateaís Veil

-Namco (2001)





A rabbit-cat-type-thing wearing a Pac Man hat enters a dream state and embarks on a quest to stop a spunky sky-pirate from bringing Chaos to the candy-colored land of Lunatea.

My Thoughts

The first Klonoa was one of the best platformers for the PS One. It was right up there with the awesome Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, but sadly, it was under-appreciated because of its cutesy looks. The cute look was just a shiny, happy shell covering the grim and melancholic story which had one of the saddest endings Iíd ever seen in a video game. 

Klonoa 2 takes almost everything great about the first and improves it; more colorful and detailed graphics, smoother character models, bigger and better levels, and a story thatís more involved with the gameplay. 

The 2D platformer in a 3D world still impresses with its outstanding level design and execution of puzzles. But, the puzzles are pretty easy to figure out, so you wonít really get stuck. Klonoa uses his power-ring to grab enemies and use their powers to clear the rooms and puzzles, though I would have liked to see a greater variety of new enemies. The bosses in this game were also pathetically easy.

The big challenge in this game, like the first, is finding and actually grabbing all of the jewels and stuff sprinkled about the stages. Getting through the stages is easy; itís collecting everything thatís difficult. When you collect everything in certain stages youíll unleash some freaky little voodoo doll guys that you can use. You want to constantly replay stages to make sure you get every last shiny jewel to improve your score.  Itís just something you have to do in this game. I donít know what it is, but the first game was the same way. I just felt compelled to go back and collect everything I could, no matter how many times I ended up replaying a level.        

While the new characters were lovable and the story very good, it just didnít grip me like the story in the first game did. Still, this is game that should not be overlooked because of its style. Pick this up and enter pure platforming goodness. Or better yet, track down a copy of the first and play it before going at the sequel. Even though nearly everything has been improved in Klonoa 2, making for a better game, I feel the first is a better experience.    

Score: 8.0        


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