Klonoa Review
Klonoa box art
System: Wii Review Rating Legend
Dev: Namco Bandai 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Namco Bandai 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: May 5, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

There is one thing that drives me crazy, even though it doesn't happen so often - having multiple path choices. I never want to miss an item because I found the exit too early, and sometimes I'll find myself backtracking just to make sure I'm doing it right. Completionists will have a hard time with that, though the game is, for the most, not very challenging, so you'll be able to find most things in the first play-through. On the same token, boss battles are not very taxing either, but they're original and fun to play. When all's said and done, there's great variety in terms of gameplay, and even though most levels are easy and even slightly repetitive, players will have a good time.

Klonoa screenshot

Klonoa supports different control set-ups. You can use the Wii Remote by itself or combine it with the Nunchuk, attach the Classic controller, or even the GameCube one. They all work well, and, if you decide to use the Wii Remote, there are a few motion controls available that allow you to toss enemies in the air or even create a whirlwind to slow down those foes. All in all, the controls are very tight, and the camera follows you with surprising accuracy, never hindering your pace.

Once you finish the game, Reverse mode will be unlocked. This is a mirror mode that just lets you play the same levels but backwards. It isn't a huge incentive to continue playing, but it is exclusive to the Wii, and since the game is short, playing these mirrored stages isn't necessarily a bad thing. Also, players will be challenged to time trials at the end, but again, it's more of the same.


Klonoa is truly an adventure worth experiencing. It's undeniably charming, despite its somewhat outdated vibe. It plays great, and there's enough gameplay diversity to keep players engaged throughout the entirety of the game. Therefore, I say it's worth the $30. Most Wii players probably never got to play the original PlayStation version, and they might not even know about Klonoa at all! Thus, this is a good way to enter the mysterious world of Phantomile and dust-off those platforming skills you probably haven't used for a while. This is certainly no Super Mario Galaxy, but it is a more than respectable entry in the platforming universe.

By Maria Montoro
CCC Site Director

Bright and colorful visuals, with great level design and cool little characters. However, some 3D elements and textures show their age.
Very tight platforming controls and multiple controller choices. Playing is for the most part a breeze.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
SEGA-style soundtrack and voice acting. Childish music and voices plagued this otherwise very charming game. If anything, it suits younger players.

Play Value
It's a short game, but mostly short and sweet. Platforming is very fun, though perhaps a bit too easy and monotonous at times. Mirror mode can be unlocked for extra play.

Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Unique Character and Level Designs: Cute and quirky characters, plus beautifully detailed environments.
  • Enhanced Graphics: Gorgeous, vibrant, and completely redesigned graphics optimized for the Wii.
  • Fun and Challenging Gameplay Experience: Dozens of different enemies to beat in 14 adventure-filled levels.
  • Exclusive Reverse Mode: With bonus stages created especially for the Wii version of the game.
  • Multiple Controller Options: Players can choose whichever style suits them best - Wii Remote and Nunchuk, just Wii Remote, Classic Controller, or even the GameCube controller.
  • New Controls Utilize the Wii's Motion Sensing Capabilities.
  • Use the Wind Bullet to capture enemies and toss them by swinging the Wii Remote.
  • Shake the Nunchuk to activate a whirlwind that will spin and slow down enemies.

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