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Kao the Kangaroo Overview – Did it KO us?


Kao the Kangaroo is a return to the previous basic polish platforming video games. The final recreation within the collection was launched nearly 17 years in the past again in 2005. Now in 2022 Kao the Kangaroo is again and appears higher than ever. Nonetheless, did it handle to seize its former stage of enjoyable? Let’s discover out on this Kao the Kangaroo Overview.

Kao the Kangaroo – What Is It All About?

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Kao the Kangaroo is generally a 3D platformer with motion components. It’s an anthropomorphic world with animals, the place our protagonist named Kao is on a quest to seek out his lacking sister. The story is about proper from the start with Kao’s dream and continues all through the sport. Alongside the way in which you’ll uncover the thriller surrounding your misplaced father.

Kao is a boxing kangaroo with massive boxing gloves which permits him to battle enemies that stand in his approach. The sport isn’t very complicated, and gives quite a lot of fundamental strikes like assaults, soar assaults, spins, double jumps, rolls and extra. If I needed to evaluate it, it’s a good mixture of Crash Bandicoot and Spyro, particularly the remastered variations. The sport additionally has boss battles that are fought with some tougher hitting and more durable enemies. You can too swap between completely different Glove Fees with R1 and L1 on PS5.

Whereas performing assaults Kao is stacking up his rage meter that enables for a strong assault after it’s stuffed. You may have a restricted variety of lives which might be proven within the prime left nook of the display. After you fall or get defeated in battle the sport will restart from the final checkpoint, which is highlighted with lanterns.

One other Accumulate-a-Thon?

Kao the Kangaroo Screenshot 2
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There are quite a lot of collectibles, which isn’t shocking. You may gather cash (ducats), which is the primary factor there, and it has that “gather all of them” really feel. The sport makes it not really feel like a chore, particularly with another collectibles like letters, extra lives for Kao, diamonds, scrolls, amulets and extra.

Accumulating in a recreation like that’s not a foul factor. It would throw off a few of the older gamers, and if you’re on the lookout for an ambitions recreation that’s not it. The primary focus right here is on combating, gathering, leaping round and simply having easy enjoyable which the sport undoubtedly does very properly. After gathering the required variety of runes to open a brand new stage Kao can achieve this close to the corresponding crystal gate.

Presentation of Kao the Kangaroo

The sport appears good at a primary look. Among the textures are usually not the best decision, however it didn’t trouble me. Its animation type is aimed toward youthful gamers, but additionally satisfies an older viewers. The sport simply appears fairly to have a look at with quite a lot of well-made environmental particulars. Character and monster design can get a little bit repetitive after a very long time, however in a recreation like that it’s nothing groundbreaking. There may be fifteen enemy varieties within the recreation, and 9 allied characters you can meet. The world may be very vibrant and colourful which is a pleasant change of tempo after a few of the different massive titles this 12 months like Elden Ring. It’s simply good to have a look at one thing nice and stuffed with coloration.

The soundtrack and audio facets are superior. I like this sort of cheery vibe, with quite a lot of rhythm and drumbeats. It’s nothing fancy or elaborated, simply easy, however memorable beats that make your head bop. Matches this type of recreation completely. The older Kao the Kangaroo video games had an awesome soundtrack as properly and this 12 months’s launch continues that development. Music on each stage varies, so it suits the occasions of the sport including as much as the expertise. All characters are voiced over too, which is a pleasant addition to the already aesthetically pleasing expertise.

Technical Points and Settings

Throughout my playthrough on the PlayStation 5, I solely had some minor visible glitches. Some cutscenes had bizarre frames earlier than them, however the recreation ran easily. I didn’t expertise any crashes. The factor missing essentially the most for me have been truly the choices. There may be not lots you possibly can change concerning the recreation. For instance, you can’t make the subtitles greater or set the background for them. All of the sliders for brightness, sound, or digital camera sensitivity have solely a few set values. There’s a massive distinction in digital camera sensitivity or how vibrant the display is between two adjoining settings of a slider. It may very well be rather more exact to arrange the sport to your preferences. For me, greater subtitles are a should, and I missed that right here, despite the fact that the sport isn’t crammed with tons of dialogue. Most of it occurs through the cutscenes.

Controls additionally can’t be modified, which may be difficult. Triangle, Sq. and Circle buttons have a number of actions assigned to it, whereas the d-pad isn’t utilized in any respect.

Our Kao the Kangaroo abstract

Kao the Kangaroo Screenshot 3
Picture by way of Tate Multimedia.

Kao The Kangaroo is a straightforward and enjoyable platformer, that has some nice motion, stage design and soundtrack. It’s match for gamers of just about all ages, however even adults can have enjoyable with the best expectations. Kao is a straightforward recreation, with a easy story and a good visible presentation. It may be quite a lot of enjoyable and is a good way to loosen up after a protracted day. It is rather kid-friendly and colourful. There are quite a lot of collectibles to gather, and it may be addictive so watch out how a lot cash you gather! The largest draw back for me was the shortage of some wanted accessibility choices in addition to settings typically.

The sport can not keep away from its comparisons to Crash and Spyro as I did earlier within the Kao the Kangaroo Overview, however the recreation stands its personal floor. The primary character Kao may be very likeable, and his quest is one thing you will get invested in. Sadly, the sport may be very easy and straightforward, which is each its upside and draw back. I feel it might use an issue setting that might enable some older or extra expert gamers to have a problem whereas enjoying by Kao’s adventures.

Kao the Kangaroo is out now on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One S/X, Xbox Sequence S/X and Nintendo Change.

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