This week, Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series launched on the Nintendo Switch, and reviews are already pouring in.
The classic platform games Klonoa: Door to Phantomile and Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil are included in this two-in-one remaster collection, and a demo is currently accessible for download from the Switch eShop.
In the upcoming days, our Nintendo Life review will go live, but for the time being, check out what some other publications are saying about Klonoa’s comeback!
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First off, our sister site Push Square gave the PlayStation 5 version a rating of 7/10 while acknowledging that it might offer more to gamers who played these games when they were at their peak:
“The Phantasy Reverie Series is a remaster collection with few frills. Even though the games have received a fresh coat of high definition paint and a few quality of life improvements, if you didn’t like Klonoa in the past, you probably won’t like it now. If you didn’t play Klonoa back when it was released, you won’t have the necessary nostalgia goggles to look at these games and see anything other than what they are: a couple of decent platformers with not much else, and that’s okay.”
The platforming segments in Klonoa’s return, in the opinion of Pocket Tactics, are still competitive with those in games like Mario and Crash Bandicoot:
“Overall, the Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series is an excellent platformer, and I’m happy to see that so many more people will be able to play these much-loved titles. Who knows, maybe there will be even more remasters as a result. For the time being, though, I urge everyone to give this game a shot because of the contagious joy it exudes, the platforming segments of which are on par with those of Mario and Crash, while also successfully reminding us that Klonoa stands alone and has its own identity.”
Bandai Namco’s most recent release received a rating of 4/5 stars from Attack of the Fanboy, who advised existing fans to treat themselves to the updated versions:
“Do yourself a favor and buy these games if you used to play Klonoa or even just had a passing interest in the series back in the day. This is a simple sell for fans of the franchise because you can now own two of the best retro platforming games without having to spend hundreds of dollars. Even though they might not feel as polished as some more recent games in the genre, these games still hold up incredibly well if you’re looking to fall in love with a platformer that wears its heart on its sleeve. If you’re willing to put up with some design annoyances, you might fall completely in love with this endearing Dream Warrior, no questions asked.”
This “much-needed remaster” received a 7.5/10 rating on GamersRD; the translation is as follows:
“Playing with the characters from our youth once more is a great opportunity provided by the Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series. Although it is a much-needed remaster, better content for this generation could have been added.”