Kaze no Klonoa: Empire of Dreams (Japanese Title)
Klonoa - Empire of Dreams (English Title)
Nintendo Game Boy Advance (GBA)
Gameboy Advance SP (GBA SP)
Gameboy Advance SP II (GBA SP II)
Gameboy Micro (GB Micro)
Gameboy DS Lite
Games - action, adventure
In excellent condition.
Cartridge only, no box, no manual.
The weirdest ears in gaming come to the Game Boy Advance in Klonoa: Empire of Dreams. Klonoa, the supercute critter with limblike ears, must help Emperor Jillius, who has been struck with a strange illness that robs him of the ability to dream. It's up to Klonoa to defeat the monsters that are terrorizing the empire and solve the mystery behind the emperor's ailment.
Featuring 40 levels spanning five worlds, this title mixes up gameplay nicely. Action stages are traditional 2-D platform levels, similar to classic Mario and Sonic games. In these levels, Klonoa runs or rides a hover board through obstacle-filled lands. Boss stages pit Klonoa against a large creature with a hidden weak point. The most engaging levels are the puzzle stages, which require Klonoa to gather three keys to unlock the exit. These stages are very well designed, requiring thought and imagination on the player's part. In order to reach some keys, Klonoa will need to grab certain objects, monsters, or a combination thereof to reach his goal. Because each monster produces a different effect when thrown, and various surfaces react differently when hit, lots of trial and error is required.
Although the game's graphics are very bright, they aren't as detailed as in other GBA games. The sound is excellent, but the cute music and effects--particularly the gibberish language spoken by the characters--might be annoying to older gamers. Those with an aversion to cuteness should just hit the mute button, sit back, and enjoy one of the best platform games for the GBA.