Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series Review

Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series Exam

Developer: BNE Entertainment, Monkeycraft | Editor: Bandai Namco Interactive | Gender: Platform game and puzzle | Platform: Switch Nintendo, PlayStation 4/5, Xbox, One/XSX/S Microsoft Windows | Reviewed on: PlayStation 5


Between 2021 and 2022, there have been dozens of iconic and cult classic video game franchises celebrating major milestones. While some publishers threw in massive blowouts for their characters, others waved a faint sparkler on their big day. In the case of Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series, Bandai Namco certainly doesn’t treat its dream traveler the same as its other yellower gaming mascot. Even in the face of two great games, Klonoa’s latest remastered collection falls at the whining end of a celebratory specter. Fantasy Reverie Series hinders a big dream for what should be a triumphant icon.

After 14 years since Klonoa last appeared on a console, fans of the beloved franchise will surely be pleased with the availability of the latest collection on modern hardware. However, those who have never played Klonoa: Gate to Phantomile and Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil might be left with a desire for more – which is also a sentiment that extends to longtime fans who are in desperate need of any content. As a collection, Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series doesn’t have much to offer other than making two classic games widely available once again.

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All Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series contains a colored title screen to separate its two ports. There is no digital art book, features, behind-the-scenes documentaries, soundtrack, or anything to supplement the main course, unless you purchase the day one DLC content which gives also giving the player access to three crossover outfits. For a series of games like Klonoa not to include any bonuses, Fantasy Reverie Series may seem like a giant missed opportunity. As Klonoa celebrates its 25th anniversary this year in Japan, Fantasy Reverie Series doesn’t look like a true celebration of Hideo Yoshizawa’s creation or the definitive versions of his content.

Both of Klonoa’s original entries were from a time when platforms were becoming experimental and grappling with dramatic changes in technology. Whereas Super Mario 64 and Crash Bandicoot took 3D gaming to the next level, platforms like Klonoa continued to innovate on the side-scrolling establishment that Nintendo icons pioneered by going halfway into the next dimension. As you might expect, some aspects of Klonoa games have aged. However, and without making a deep retrospective of each game, Klonoa: Gate to Phantomile and Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil still hold up remarkably well. A few levels in these games will show that there are more than enough reasons why Bandai Namco’s series has garnered such a loyal following over time. Klonoa’s return should feel well deserved and nostalgic.

Each game received some minor improvements in its presentation. However, the whole Fantasy Reverie Series the package is ultimately soulless. Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series is as easy as a remastered collection can get in terms of regrouping and fixing up its beloved content. In his heart, Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Seriesagain, should just be considered an accessible way to play the 1997s Klonoa: Gate to Phantomile for PlayStation and 2001 Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil for PlayStation 2. It’s a harmless package that could do more. Developer Monkeycraft has done a great job bringing the Klonoa experience to modern hardware. Still Fantasy Reverie Series it feels like the developer and publisher could have gone the extra mile in terms of cleanup.

Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series Review for Nintendo Switch PlayStation 5
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Faced with the way Bandai Namco has handled some of its classic arcade games, recent Pac-Man compilations and upcoming Pac-Man World RePACand even the incredible of Monkeycraft Katamari Damacy raises, Klonoa got the short end of the stick. Although the gameplay of both titles is still the same that gamers loved over twenty years ago, the consistency of graphics and audio has been groped with their improvements. Aside from the ability to blitz through cutscenes at five times normal speed, the changes here feel underdeveloped.

It’s impossible to expect a perfect full coat of paint from a remaster of this degree, but there’s certainly a pretty useful improvement with the way Fantasy Reverie Series makes the two main entries of Klonoa look like. Many character models have been oddly redone from scratch while each dream world has simply been updated to HD resolution. Some of the higher quality redesigns can bring out some of the flatter textures, but that nitpicking has nothing to diminish the experience compared to how the sound design has been handled.

The sound design of Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series can be downright confusing. While the beautiful and whimsical soundtracks of the original two games are here in all their glory, the character soundbites and atmospheric sound effects taken from the early PlayStation era have not been updated. Unlike the wonderful score constantly playing in the background, the characters and action all feel muffled, bulky, and outdated. Maybe some fans of the original releases will be happy with the decision to keep the older sound clips, but ultimately, Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series ends up being a mess of sound mixing with too many different forms of quality. His look is often at odds with his auditory rollercoaster.

Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series Review for Nintendo Switch PlayStation 5
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Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series should have been a celebration of all things Klonoa. Instead, what fans and newcomers alike are receiving is an underwhelming collection that feels cobbled together to capitalize on a cult following desperate for more content. Fantasy Reverie Series contains two great games but doesn’t come close to being a great collection. Returning Klonoa fans have nothing to tinker with, and those exposed to the games for the first time will be left with a short experience for a rather hefty price. The lack of bonuses here feels like a hollow celebration of Klonoa, but again, at the very least, this collection offers a convenient way to discover Phantomile Gate and Sail of Lunatea on modern equipment.