To commemorate the franchise’s 25th anniversary, Bandai is bringing back two of its most iconic platformers in the Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series.
Three decades ago, platformers accounted for nearly one-third of all console games. Many gaming behemoths used their heyday to introduce iconic characters that became synonymous with the medium. When Namco decided to re-establish itself with a game whose setting and mascot would appeal to a wider audience. Klonoa was born, earning a rightful place in the hall of fame as one of the best platformers ever made. With the franchise’s 25th anniversary approaching. Bandai is planning a joyous celebration that will centre on the Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series.
Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series, which was first announced during a Nintendo Direct earlier this year. Promises to remaster two iconic entries in the titular franchise. While the series’ icebreaker, Klonoa: Door to Phantomile, will provide players with a memorable. State-of-the-art experience with its upgraded Wii release from 2008. The sequel, Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil, will remain true to its original PlayStation 2 delivery.
Though younger generations of gamers may be unfamiliar with Klonoa due to the franchise’s eventual demise. It was popular enough to warrant multiple spin-off games for select handheld consoles back in the day. Because the Phantasy Reverie Series aims to capture its essence, Bandai’s emphasis on core instalments makes sense.
The Phantasy Reverie Series is a true throwback to the franchise’s side-scrolling elements, with 3D environments and 2D platforming sequences. Because the gameplay mechanics in Door to Phantomile and Lunatea’s Veil are nearly identical. Newcomers to the franchise will feel right at home. Aside from the intuitive controls and Klonoa’s unique abilities. Players can expect to solve puzzles and defeat enemies in order to progress through the story. While the sequel has more collectibles and ancillary in-game feature. The main allure of Door to Phantomile is its larger-than-life protagonist. And high-quality visual artistry that complements the game’s enchanting setting.
Bandai has expanded on and introduced new gameplay elements to further enhance the remastered experience. A two-player cooperative mode, previously exclusive to Lunatea’s Veil, will now be available in Door to Phantomile. To make the games more accessible to first-time players, the upcoming Klonoa compilation will also include a “stopwatch” mode. And adjustable difficulty settings.
With Atari marking its semicentennial anniversary with the release of Atari Mania. And Microsoft updating the contents of Flight Simulator for the series’ 40th anniversary. It’s great to see Bandai follow suit. Despite the company’s best efforts to establish Klonoa as a landmark platformer, the franchise never really took off. Nonetheless.
Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series honours the genre by paying homage to its evolution. And reintroducing 2.5D gameplay, which many household brands have abandoned in favour of conforming to current industry trends. It is not only a thoughtful commemoration of the franchise’s silver jubilee. But it is also an excellent opportunity for platformer fans to rediscover Bandai’s hidden gem in all of its updated glory. The remastered Klonoa compilation will be available for download on all major platforms on July 8.