Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series (Nintendo Switch) Review

By Luke Hemming 14.02.2023

Review for Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series on Nintendo Switch

Platforming was never bettered than the glory days of the PS1 with classics such as Tombi, [I[Rayman[/i] and the king of them all Pandemonium being fondly remembered by anyone lucky enough to be there at the time. One underrated classic character however, was Klonoa. Now presented on Switch (warts and all), do his first and second titles hold up or will it seem as deflated as the popping enemies patrolling the levels he hops, skips and jumps through?

Included in Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series are the first PS1 outing (which was also released for Wii) and the PS2 sequel. No bells and whistles here, these are straight remasters with a lick of paint. For better or worse all the old gripes (if any did particularly gripe) will be found here but also, so will all the little things that made these games so great the first time around. Bandai Namco could certainly have added a lot more in terms of the package in order to sway the cult fanbase as with the excellent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Cowabunga Collection recently. A few museum pieces would of really elevated the package however here all you get is the choice to play either game. It's a massive let down and an insult to the quality of titles that are on offer.

Why such a massive insult I hear you scream? Well, the actual games are fantastic fun and a real snapshot of the quality that was being pumped out in the 90's. Gameplay is simple with protagonist Klonoa moving thorough bright and beautiful 2.5 3D stages dispatching enemies with the standard jump but also the wind bullet ability, allowing our floppy eared hero to turn anyone in his way into a balloon sized projectile or platform. It's an easy to use mechanic but as with most games of the time, difficult to master.

Screenshot for Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series on Nintendo Switch

For all the relaxing looks of both titles, playing through, can as times be pretty difficult. This is mostly due to the hit detection between modes. Cursed with being older and more aware of these things than a 12 year old, its noticeable as a really cheap and nasty tactic to adjust the curve of trickiness. The harder the difficulty chosen, the harder to connect with the wind bullet. All jumps and boss battles throughout seem incredibly fair and fun, but this issue can really stifle a good gameplay session. More than one life has been lost getting that little bit too close due to the bullet ability just not connecting and on higher difficulties unlocked after a playthrough, it's even more prevalent. The remaster cannot be blamed for this as its always been there however as with the inclusion of some kind of extra content, is certainly something that should have been looked at before shipping this one out (not in a steel book or at an £11.99 price point).

As mentioned, the games can be replayed in the harder modes but for the casual player (which old platformers should always appeal to), there is still enough to come back to in terms of collecting all gems and puzzle pieces throughout every level. If that doesn't tickle your pickle though, a blast will still be had simply getting from point A to point credits.

Screenshot for Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series on Nintendo Switch

Cubed3 Rating

7/10
Rated 7 out of 10

Very Good - Bronze Award

Rated 7 out of 10

For such a cult franchise, it's a real shame there is so little to offer outside of the base titles included in this package, especially when full price is being asked. In other titles and remakes some real love has gone into providing a nostalgic piece of history in one cart. If, however, this is your first time round, Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series will provide a good chunk of great platforming fun, but just that, nothing else, at all.

Developer

Bandai Namco

Publisher

Nintendo

Genre

2D Platformer

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10

Reader Score

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