The Klonoa Phantasy Reverie series released on Nintendo Switch this week, and reviews are pouring in now.
This two-in-one remaster collection features the classic platformers Klonoa: Gate to Phantomile and Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veiland a demo is now available for download on the Switch eShop.
Our Nintendo Life review will be live in the next few days, so for now, here’s what other outlets are saying about Klonoa’s return!
To start, our sister website Push Square gave the PlayStation 5 version 7/10 – admitting it can do more for gamers who experienced these games in their heyday:
“Phantasy Reverie Series is a relatively straightforward remaster collection. There are some quality of life improvements and the games have a new high definition paint job, but if you didn’t like Klonoa back then, then you don’t. you’re not going to like it now. If you haven’t played Klonoa back then, you won’t have the prerequisite nostalgia glasses to watch these games and see them for anything other than what they are. – some really good platformers and nothing else, and that’s fine.”
Pocket Tactics found the return of Klonoa to be a “splendid platformer” and thinks the platforming segments still stand up to Mario and Crash Bandicoot:
“Overall, the Klonoa Phantasy Reverie series is a wonderful platformer, and it fills me with joy to know that many more people are discovering these beloved games. Who knows, maybe this will lead to even more For now though, I encourage everyone to give this game a try, the joy it exudes is infectious, the platforming segments rival those of Mario and Crash, while it also manages to remind us that he is alone and that Klonoa has its own identity.”
Attack of the Fanboy gave Bandai Namco’s latest release 4/5 stars – advising existing fans to afford the new releases:
“If you grew up playing Klonoa or even had a distant interest in the franchise back in the day, you have to do yourself a favor and treat yourself to these titles. Now that you can own two of the greatest retro platformer titles without having to shell out hundreds of dollars makes it an easy sell for those who are fans of the franchise.If you’re looking to fall in love with a platformer that wears its heart on its sleeve, you’ll be happy to know that these titles are still hold up extremely well, though they may not feel as polished as some newer games in the genre.If you’re willing to deal with some frustrations with dated design, you might find yourself head over heels in love with this adorable Dream Warrior, no questions asked.”
At GamersRD, this “essential remaster” received the score of 7.5/10 – here is the translation:
“Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series is a great opportunity to replay with characters from our childhood. It’s a much needed remaster but it could have included better stuff for this generation.”
What has been your own experience with Klonoa so far? Do you have the full game or have you only tried the demo so far? Leave a comment below.