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Kaze no Klonoa: Moonlight Museum (風のクロノア ムーンライトミュージアム) - WonderSwan (1999)

Japanese WonderSwan Cover

Considering the gameplay of the Klonoa titles, it translates well into a completely 2D, sprite-based platformer. The first portable Klonoa, released for the black and white WonderSwan, plays exactly the same as its larger counterparts. However, the huge levels have been broken up into smaller, more numerous stages that lend themselves better to portable play. In addition, simply getting to the end of the stage isn't enough - you need to collect three sun medals before you can exit. The result is a game that's much more puzzle-oriented than the console versions. This might sound like it may lead to irritating fetch quests, but surprisingly, it doesn't. You very rarely have to backtrack, and the medals are usually in plain sight - you just have to figure out how to get them. Moonlight Museum also takes advantage of the ability to tilt your WonderSwan, as there are some levels displayed vertically. While the black and white visuals and 8-bit sound are a bit lacking, it's still a fairly decent addition to the Klonoa family.

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Klonoa: Empire of Dreams / Kaze no Kuronoa Yumemiru Teikoku (風のクロノア 夢見る帝国) - Game Boy Advance (2001)

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European GBA Cover

Klonoa's Game Boy Advance debut is, for all intents and purposes, a pseudo-remake of the WonderSwan game. While not precisely the same (and obviously missing the vertical levels), Empire of Dreams retains the puzzle-focused gameplay. Despite some similarities in the level designs, it's far from the same game.

Klonoa: Empire of Dreams

Empire of Dreams benefits greatly from the superior platform - the obvious advantage being pleasant color graphics - but the game itself is much longer, and feature pretty cool boss battles. Much like SNK fighting games, the screen zooms in and out on the action, giving a wide view of Klonoa and his often-gigantic foe. Since Empire of Dreams was an early GBA title, the music is fairly low quality, but that's pretty much the only strike against this pleasant portable romp. And even though it is pretty decent, it does tend to lose a bit of the charming atmosphere from the trip from 3D to 2D, but that can't be helped.

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Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament / Kaze no Klonoa G2: Dream Champ Tournament - Game Boy Advance (2002)

American GBA Cover

Despite being released in 2002 in Japan (under the bizarre name Klonoa G2: Dream Champ Tournament), Klonoa's second GBA title didn't hit American shores until 2005, perhaps to flesh out the system's thinning library. The graphics are only marginally improved, and the gameplay is much the same. However, Dream Champ Tournament marks the first appearance of "gold digger" Gantz, Klonoa's smary friend/foe. The game also sees the returns of Lolo and Poptka from Klonoa 2, as they compete in a huge match to determine who is the greatest hero.

Klonoa: Empire of Dreams

There are a couple of unique additions - most bosses battles are actually races against gigantic creatures, and the skiboarding levels are now done in 3D, which looks pretty impressive on the little GBA. There are a few more elements to make the puzzles more interesting, and there are plenty of little hint guides that litter the levels, so the game never gets too hard. Other than the subpar music, Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament is another fine addition to the series.

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Klonoa Heroes: Densetsu no Star Medal (クロノアヒーローズ 伝説のスターメダル) - Game Boy Advance (2002)

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Klonoa Heroes is an attempt to turn the series into an action-RPG, and it doesn't quite work. The gameplay is nothing like the previous games - the viewpoint is now an overhead perspective, which removes any of the platforming elements, and you can no longer pick up bad guys. Instead, the two buttons correspond to two kind of attacks - red and green. Naturally, each of the enemies have affinities towards the colors, so you'll need to use a red attack to kill red bad guys, and so forth. It's an attempt to make combat interesting, but it doesn't really work.

Klonoa Heroes: Densetsu no Star Medal

As a whole, the game is almost extraordinarily simple - you run around an area bopping bad guys until you find the exit. Sometimes you need to find a key. Sometimes you will need to fight a boss. Sometimes there are very asinine puzzles to solve. Occasionally you're sent to an overworld map, where you can visit townspeople or purchase weapons. None of this is very interesting. In order to make the game more challenging, some bad guys take away ridiculous amounts health. To combat this, you're supposed to fight bad guys over and over to gain money and experience. Unfortunately, this makes the game more repetitive than fun. And given the fact that the backgrounds barely look any different from one level to the next, you'll looking at a very dull game.

Klonoa Heroes is littered with other problems too. Although Klonoa starts the game with his Wing Ring, you eventually get to wield swords. These seems fun, but swiping more than once will hurt Klonoa hurtling across the screen, and undoubtedly straight into some enemies. And while you have unlimited lives, getting killed while send you way back to the beginning of the vision. It's not a particularly hard game, especially since you can stock up on healing items, but it's still unnecessary and aggravating.

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Although you start the game with Klonoa, eventually you enlist the help of Gantz and a big rolly monster named Pango. I might go so far to say that they're the only reasons you'd want to play this - Gantz is such an asshole that seeing him chew out the overly cutesy Klonoa is kinda funny. Otherwise, Klonoa Heroes can barely even qualify as mediocre - it was never translated into English, and we're not really missing much.

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Klonoa Beach Volleyball / Klonoa Beach Volley Saikyou Chīmu Ketteisen! (クロノアビーチバレー 最強チーム決定戦!) - PlayStation (2002)

European PlayStation Cover

When I first heard about this game, my initial reaction was "Why would I want to see Klonoa in a thong?" Then I realized that my mind had been poisoned by lesbian dating sims. Klonoa Beach Volleyball is a fun little sports game that seems to be aimed towards kids. As one of many Klonoa characters, you play two-on-two matches on various Klonoa backgrounds with slightly remixed music from the games. It's simple and easy to control, yet still has infinitely more depth than Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball. It's also runs in high-res mode, so the game looks pretty decent. Klonoa Beach Volleyball was only released in Japan and Europe, the latter having its sparse voice clips dubbed into five different languages. In the English version, they give Klonoa a British accent. That's almost too silly.

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Klonoa and Gantz also appear as playable characters in Namco × Capcom, but the series hasn't technically seen a console release since 2001. Him and his friends seem to have been relegated solely to portable platforms - and while they work well, they lose some of the gee-whiz factor that made the original games so memorable. The only change was the Wii remake, which was hopefully released to gauge the possibility of a new Klonoa game. At any rate, even if you find Klonoa's demeanor a little too sugary, any gamer that yearns for the days of nice, simple platformers will almost certainly dig Klonoa.


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