is back and this time he's in a race to become the
Dream Champ by completing an assortment of challenges
and collecting the moons, sun and stars.
that's played Klonoa previously already knows what
to expect. The original gave us a fun and entertaining
game of the side-scrolling, platform variety. Unlike
so many games in the genre, Klonoa was unique. It
combined puzzles and action adventure with the platforming
for an experience that was not only challenging but
displayed depth and variety - and it doesn't feel
2: Dream Champ Tournament is basically an updated
version of the original. This probably wouldn't have
worked if it was released within a year of the first
one but we've seen a significant amount of water pass
under the bridge since then which makes this sequel
a most welcome arrival. While the packaging and artwork
may make this look like a kid's game, underneath all
that fur some powerful muscles are flexing.
new levels, new characters and a new storyline, Klonoa
2 passes the basic requirements to be called a decent
sequel, even though much of the gameplay and some
of the environments will be familiar to fans of the
original. It appears as though Namco is upholding
the if-it-ain't-broke-don't-fix-it philosophy. The
original was so good that it really does deserve to
be revisited. Fans and newbies alike are in for a
has plenty of challenges to face. He's got platforms
to jump across, puzzles to solve, hoverboard races
to take part in, tokens to collect and enemies to
fight. Interestingly Klonoa can kill two birds with
one stone as he can grab a hold of enemies and use
them to perform double jumps to access high platforms.
He will also uncover tokens by completing puzzles
which are made up of pressure switches, springs, scales
and bombs. Each puzzle is different and put together
in imaginative ways.
never a dull moment in Klonoa 2. The game starts out
easy enough but increases in difficulty slowly throughout
each ensuing level. The challenge is manageable and
there are enough lives to be acquired so that dying
isn't going to pose much of a problem. The bosses
are tough and will require more strategy and skill
than just memorizing their patterns.
a better looking game than the original, Klonoa 2
is colorful, crisp and cartoony. The graphics are
consistent throughout each level. The sounds are cheery
and the music has a subdued arcade quality to it that
makes it catchy but not annoying.
2 has an addicting quality to it that makes you want
to complete it at any cost - usually paid out of your
bank of hours for a good night's sleep.