Klonoa (Wii)

As someone who has never played the original PSX Klonoa, I approached this title with a bit of skepticism. That system wasn't exactly known for a plethora of quality side-scrolling platformers, and most games from that era haven't aged very well. My skepticism was quickly proven wrong with Klonoa, however, as it remains an entertaining, lighthearted experience that holds up in 2009.

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The most striking aspect of Klonoa's gameplay is that it's a 2D platformer in a 3D world. Your movement is limited to left and right, but the world will spin and twist around you. An assortment of baddies will populate the levels, but they're crucial to your progress. Klonoa can pick them up and toss them forward or backwards, as well as into the foreground and background.

This feature is used to solve many puzzles throughout the game, and it even assists in platforming thanks to the double-jump that is possible when holding an enemy. It's not a complex feature by any means, but it's put to great use. Later levels and some excellent boss fights will ensure you take full advantage of Klonoa's throwing ability.

Fans of the original that are looking for new content might be slightly disappointed, because it's the same game with an extensive visual makeover. Gameplay is the same as it was over ten years ago, but everything is smoother and more vivid than ever. The game certainly has a certain charm about it, and any fan of platformers is sure to enjoy Klonoa.

Graphics: 8.5

Sound: 7.5

First Play: 8.5

Replay Value: 7.0

Gameplay: 8.0

Overall: 8.0

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