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Klonoa 2

Developer: Namco | Publisher: Namco
Players: 1 Player Game | Release Date: 07/24/01 | Genre: Platform

One of the great 2D adventure games on the PSX was Klonoa. The adorable dog/rabbit/bird creature is back in Klonoa 2 Lunatea's Veil for the PS2. While the story is almost identical to the original Klonoa (strange dream world is on the verge of destruction and Klonoa is brought in, sans his knowledge, to save the day) the environments, characters, and controls are updated just enough so that the game doesn't lose an ounce of its original charm.

Klonoa 2 is nothing more than a new adventure to play with the same function and idea as the first. But that is what is good about it. While more experienced gamers may find this one a bit too easy for them, less experienced gamers may find this just the title they need to be hooked on the PS2. Even into the later levels, Klonoa 2 does not present the same challenge as similar games on the PS2. However, it retains its title as one of the most charming and creative games on the market.

The controls are simple--similar to that of the original pre-analog days. The story-line is complete, though at moments particularly cheesy. The underdog Klonoa defeats enemies with poise and not ill will. No level is without its puzzle that requires a few tries to accomplish, but given a good afternoon's worth of playing, Klonoa makes a fine addition to any gamer's library.

A single complaint is all one can offer about Klonoa. It seems, in the second installment, the game is more geared to children, in that the cinemas move at a snail's pace, allowing anyone with a fourth grader's reading ability a modicum of boredom. The characters have retained the thick black line around their outsides, giving the game an almost unfitting comical feel. The environments have improved leaps and bounds over the previous version, and yet, the characters are still assigned their bold outlining, again emphasizing the under thirteen marketing. Though these complaints can be made from a older gamer's point of view, the truth is, even these things failed to make Klonoa anything less than a great game.

Klonoas' environments are breathtaking. In this new conglomeration of a 3D environment on a 2D plane, Klonoa is brought back to life in true Namco fashion. The environments and cinemas do not have the same 쭯vie-likeuality that FF X is going to have, but it is pure eye candy. Even the enemies are (watch out- there is a girl writing this review) cute. This game is an ode to the great games of yesteryear. It will stand as a monument to the era of 2D games and throw down the gauntlet for those hoping to reproduce the natural charm that games once had. It returns a gamer to the days when a strategy guide was not required to beat the game. I don't know about you, but I am thrilled to pocket that extra fifteen bucks. Klonoa is not the first PS2 game that I have been excited to play. It is however, one of the few that I cannot wait to return to as soon as I finish this review. I am hooked.

By Emily Rutherford - 10/15/01
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