Review of the Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series via jeuxvideo.com

We were in the mid-1990s. At that time, with the advent of the PS1 and the Nintendo 64, platform games replaced 3D. Two camps have emerged: those that put two feet on the plate, such as the pioneer Jumping Flash or the iconic Super Mario 64; while others opted for a smooth transition, such as Crash Bandicoot and – the one that interests us today – Klonoa. A wise license, even in time, goes back in the form of a compilation of the first two episodes. A related comeback? Our opinion!

Find above, in auto-play, a homemade gameplay video of the Klonoa 1 remaster.

  • Tested on PS5. The Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series is available on PC, PS4, Xbox One | Series, Transfer.

He’s not like the cult of Mario or Crash Bandicoot but his return is a joy! Today, we talk about the Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series, a compilation that includes the first two episodes of the license: Klonoa Door to Phantomile (1997, PS1) | Klonoa 2 Lunatea’s Veil (2001, PS2). Of course, the famous rabbit-cat took advantage of this time to freshen up. Both opuses now benefit froman updated game engine, offering – except for a few details – the same visual rendering of each pane. A good thing for Klonoa’s PS1 adventure, which at the time used a mix of 2D and 3D. For the PS2 chapter, it’s thinner and more colorful than before. Come on, let’s jump into this bath of nostalgia. We tell you what it’s worth!

None: Clones 1 & 2; right: Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series

The return of a cult PlayStation video game: the Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series trial!The return of a cult PlayStation video game: the Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series trial!The return of a cult PlayStation video game: the Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series trial!

A ring that will rule them all

As we told you above, Klonoa was one of the first platform games to integrate 3D in its approach to the genre. Even if the player is operating here on a 2D axis, all other elements (specifically the decoration) are in three dimensions. The franchise thus plays on the first and second plans, effects of depth and the angle taken on the main road. There are also some branch lines and alternative routes, especially at Door to Phantomile. Often, a teleporter is required to access a path that can be seen in the distance or capture an opponent to switch a switch in the background of the scene. Because Klonoa can rely on a magic ring that allows him to capture | launch almost all enemies, a bit like suction | Kirby spat. The rabbit-cat can in this way be able to double jump, attack or destroy objects forward / downward / underneath, but also take advantage of the creatures ’abilities (such as flying). One last point is more developed in Klonoa 2.

Also, be aware that this compilation is embedded two new ways of difficulty : “Easy” (five hearts instead of three, little enemy damage, unlimited lives) and “Hard”, which opens each stage after the adventure – just like any other mode against – show . While “Normal” returns the same challenge as the original games. Best of all, “Easy” expands the range of the magic ring to get monsters out of the way. A very good point: this aspect of Klonoa’s game always seemed wrong for us, especially in the first game. This one offers a lot of floating sensations, often less successful than its big brother, with a design level that is sometimes more labyrinthine. So we advise you to start with Door to Phantomile to feel better and not “less good” in the rest of the game!

Two-player mode, fast forward:

In addition to a new engine and difficulty modes, the Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series offers other small bonuses: first, the possibility to play two. We’re not talking about two players working together on the same screen, but aboutsupport for the hero to make a big jump (probably equivalent to a double-jump). Your friend has to press a key to activate this ability, and that’s it! So we can imagine parents with their child. Klonoa becomes much simpler, as you don’t have to catch a monster to jump twice and cross an obstacle. Finally, note that you can speed up the cutscenes (x5 playback speed) or just skip them if you want.

Klonoa 2 – A Level of Troubled Waters (Gameplay)

A dive into the depths

As you can understand, Klonoa relies on a fairly original game. Here, you should not rely on the abilities of the hero but on those offered by the enemies. At this point, the second stage is better than its predecessor, with new creatures constantly being introduced and serving thea real diversity of the game (like Sonic Colors). At Veil’s in Lunatea, you can for example speed up the air in rocket mode, trigger lightning, fly for a few seconds thanks to the propeller. A beautiful photo finished with other qualities: level themes that are highly exploited, enjoyable snowboarding stages, more successful bosses, better cohesive and tied narrative. Let’s agree: Door to Phantomile has qualities, but looks very little – and it’s clearly reasonable – in a draft of the second opus.

Even if Klonoa 2 is a cut above the first episode, the two parts still look great. At this point, we have to salute the beautiful redesign of the Monkey Craft studio (Katamari Damacy Reroll) especially the founding game in 1997. In direct comparison, the result is immediate: we see a strong balance between honesty | modernity, don’t have to blush in front of newer platform games. In the case of Klonoa 2 – as mentioned above – the translation should be less hair -raising because it is closer to the basic material, but has proven to be more than satisfying. In short, a selective setting that goes through the levels against the backdrop of an awesome soundtrack, find hidden objects and 150 jewels. All in all, an enjoyable time travel, even if weighed down by old school game design.

Conclusion

Strong points

  • 2 games in 1 (10-12h in a straight line)
  • A solid visual overhaul
  • The original gameplay is still relevant
  • The new “Easy” way of difficulty

Weak points

  • Clone 1 clearly below
  • A design that is sometimes very old

Are you looking for a platform game that is both color and original? Then the Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series might be for you! In this compilation that combines the first two opuses in the Klonoa series, Bandai Namco and the Monkey Craft studio provide a solid redesign, particularly well-known in terms of construction. Despite a simple technique, the levels are colorful and very enjoyable to navigate. Of course, the level design remains that of a title from the late 1990s and early 2000s, which is felt in particular by Klonoa 1. After all, the epic is compelling and finds its peak during the second season. In short, a beautiful nostalgic parenthesis!

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