Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series review: A lovingly crafted remaster | Gaming | entertainment

The Klonoa series has stood the test of time, with the Bandai Namco platformer having an enviable reputation. The first game in the series – Door to Phantomile – debuted in 1997 on the PS1 and is one of those rare PlayStation 1 games that will hold you back quite a bit if you want to add an original physical copy to your retro gaming collection. Despite positive critical reception at the time, this didn’t translate into sales for the Klonoa series in general — with the series’ last outing in 2008 on Wii.

While it didn’t set any sales records, Klonoa games have built a great reputation over time with entries in the series such as the PS1 and Bandai WonderSwan releases regularly appearing on lists of hidden gems of retro gaming.

Until now, you’ve usually had to spend a significant amount of money to pick up one of these great games, but thankfully that’s no longer the case if you want to see what all the fuss is about!

Bandai Namco just released a brand new remaster that takes Klonoa to a new generation.

Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series builds on the 2008 Wii release – which was a remake of Door to Phantomile – by including not one, but two Klonoa games.

Phantasy Reverie Series includes remasters of the original PS1 Klonoa game and the PS2’s Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil.

The first thing you notice when you start up Phantasy Reverie Series is how good it looks.

Bandai Namco has given these Klonoa games the full remaster treatment, with both games featuring vibrant, colorful graphics that pop right off the screen.

Klonoa has never been available in 4K before, let alone HD and Bandai Namco took full advantage of this.

There are big changes on the visual front, but there are some things that just don’t need tweaking – especially for those pining for the original releases.

Klonoa is a platformer from the 90s and like other games of the time like Pandemonium! and Oddworld Abe’s Oddysee is a 2.5D game.

In general, both Klonoa games involve classic side-scrolling action – jumping on platforms, over enemies, launching side-scrolling attacks.

But you also get moments where you can follow paths, take advantage of the 2.5D view, or launch attacks using this vantage point.

Platformers have come a long way since then, of course, but this kind of gameplay – although more simplistic than modern games – still has a certain charm and is easy enough to jump into.

The first Klonoa game is a very conventional platformer, but the sequel brings a lot more variety and mechanics, such as an on-the-rails section where Klonoa can control characters, move between planes with a cannon, or ride on his trusty Air Board. -hoverboard can ride.

Both games are a joy to play and will appeal to the inner child in you. The only problem is that sometimes all the different gameplay mechanics combined with moments that use the 2.5D rendering means that the gameplay can be a little clunky in places.

However, this is just a minor complaint. After being out for over a decade, it’s great to see not only Klonoa making a comeback, but in a release so lovingly crafted.

If you like platform games or have ever been put off by how much original Klonoa games cost these days, make sure to pick up Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series.

PRONOUNCEMENT: 4/5

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