If you're already a fan or simply want some puzzle platforming fun, KLONOA Phantasy Reverie Series is here to knock your socks off.
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Who or what is KLONOA?
KLONOA hasn't been around for a while with the most recent game releasing nearly 15 years ago so I imagine that many gamers haven't heard of this delightful platforming series. For starters, it stars the titular KLONOA who's a cute fellow with long fluffy ears that can make him flutter just like Yoshi does. He also carries a large ring that his friends can go inside and it fires short-distance wind bullets that can inflate enemies which reminds me of Dig Dug then they float above KLONOA's head. Meanwhile, the game world is bursting with adorable charm from bright and colourful environments to endearing characters that'll make you want to own a whole collection of plushies based on them. There's a lot of lighthearted humour, too, that'll make you laugh as you watch all of the silly antics unfold. v1d30chumz 35-172-223-251
What makes KLONOA special?
The answer to this question may vary from fan to fan but in my opinion, KLONOA's unique take on puzzle platforming is what makes it stand out. Even playing it in 2022, I can't think of any other game that offers a similar formula which strikes a perfect balance between puzzles and platforming action. It'll definitely keep you on your toes as situations may seem simple yet they actually require multiple steps executed in quick succession. You see; when an enemy is floating above KLONOA's head, you can throw it left, right, or even towards or away from the screen and on top of that, if you jump while carrying an enemy, you can use it to leap again which makes double-jumping even more rewarding than when you can do it inherently. Just thinking about it makes me want to keep playing. 😊
What games are included?
Thankfully, KLONOA Phantasy Reverie Series is a compilation of the 2 best KLONOA games. Specifically, you get the 2008 Wii remake of Door to Phantomile (the original PS1 game) as well as KLONOA 2: Lunatea's Veil which released for PS2 back in 2001. I still have both of these games and have played them so much that I basically memorized a lot of the levels. In fact, I even completed everything 100% in both games which I'm quite proud of. However, I wish that they included the original PS1 release of Door to Phantomile for nostalgia reasons. I remember first playing it on a demo disc back in the day and it made me an instant fan of the series.
Meanwhile, the 2 GBA games (Empire of Dreams and Dream Champ Tournament) are missing as well and those games are fantastic 2D fun. I didn't expect KLONOA Phantasy Reverie Series to include the obscure titles like the WonderSwan game, the Beach Volleyball spin-off, or the Japanese RPG but having the original and the Game Boy Advance titles would have been awesome for sure.
I'm kind of getting off-topic so let me reiterate that the 2 included games are top-notch and definitely the best representations of the franchise when it comes to visuals and gameplay. I even put the Wii release of KLONOA on one of my first top 10 lists ever. 😄Top 10 Wii Reboots
Are there any differences from the originals?
I know I've been primarily speaking to those unfamiliar with KLONOA but what about the fans? Well, as one myself, I'm happy to say that both games remain intact and they're just as enjoyable as ever. However, there are some minor quibbles that I noticed. Specifically, the voice acting from the Wii version has been replaced with the original's fictional language dialogue which I actually prefer as it's much more adorable. With that in mind, the in-game voice clips are from the remake which can sound inconsistent and even jarring in 1 case.
Content-wise, you get an easier difficulty mode although I recommend playing on normal if you can as it provides the ideal amount of challenge. You can also play cooperatively although the second player has minimal controls but that makes it a good fit to play co-op with a kid. Oh, and the graphics are very crisp, clear, smooth, and still look fresh after all these years with virtually no performance issues on Xbox Series X. It makes me wish more games were as much of a whimsical, colourful, and lighthearted treat as KLONOA. 🍰
How much content is there?
The stellar puzzle platforming gameplay of both games is contained within a couple of jam-packed campaigns that are full of memorable levels that never become boring as they consistently present you with fresh and exciting scenarios to overcome. Whether it's via a new gimmick, enemy type, gameplay mechanic, or clever combination of all 3; you'll constantly be surprised throughout each level.
If you're like me, though, then merely beating the levels simply won't do as you'll be compelled to discover all 6 collectibles in each stage as well as acquire all 150 gems. Being able to do so will require thorough exploration, patience, and perfect execution but seeing those 100% complete emblems will make your efforts worthwhile. I'd say it'll take about 20 hours to get everything in KLONOA Phantasy Reverie Series which is actually very impressive considering just how varied and well-paced these games are. 💎
As a fantastic representation of perhaps the most underrated series in platformer history, KLONOA Phantasy Reverie Series is a must for anyone with a soft spot for lighthearted yet tricky puzzle platforming fun. I hope this means KLONOA 3 will be a thing at some point!
- + Consists of 2 incredible platformers with wonderful jam-packed adventures
- + Gameplay has held up beautifully
- + Adorable world and cast of characters
- - I wish that the original PS1 version and the GBA games were included, too
- - Minor quibbles that fans will notice