Kao The Kangaroo Round 2
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Kao the Kangaroo Round 2 is a third-person perspective platform game about a young, cute, yellow kangaroo, who saves animals from the hands of the evil Hunter and his equally evil colleagues. In order to bribe the guard and get aboard Hunter's ship, Kao must collect lots of coins scattered throughout the game. The main character can fight with his boxing gloves and can throw lethal boomerangs.
Kao can also find purple crystals, which can be spent to buy minigames to play. There are also stars - collecting 50 of them will upgrade one of Kao's abilities, e.g. giving him the ability to stomp on the ground to defeat enemies around him. A rarely encountered item is a winged helmet, which, when grabbed, allows Kao to fly for a short while.
Roughly five years ago, Kao the Kangaroo first appeared in his own 3D adventure game on Sega's ill-fated Dreamcast console. It wasn't a groundbreaking effort by any stretch, but the easygoing run-and-jump design and charming characters made Kao (pronounced "K-O") a worthwhile pickup for anyone seeking a weekend of lighthearted fun. The same holds true of the boxing marsupial's latest adventure, a budget-priced disc that's available for the GameCube, Xbox, and PlayStation 2 consoles, as well as for Sony's PlayStation Portable handheld.
As the story goes, the evil hunter Barnaba, whom Kao defeated in the previous game, has returned once again with his henchmen to imprison the planet's animals and suck the Earth dry of its resources. Kao is one of the first critters rounded up by the pirates in Barnaba's service, but, thanks to some timely help from a clumsy parrot, he's also the first one set free. After stepping off the boat, Kao finds himself in the dark docks, which act as a hub for the six worlds that he must visit. Each world follows the typical adventure game layout, consisting of three or four large levels followed by a boss battle at the end.
Thankfully, there's much more to do in Kao 2 besides jumping and punching. Scripted story scenes happen frequently to set up environmental calamities, chase sequences, and boss battles. Each level usually includes one or two interactive spots, where you can do things like knock down trees or resituate frozen blocks in order to create new walkways. Some levels contain weapons, such as heavy nuts or the flamethrower, which you can use to trigger switches or mow down enemies. Many levels also put Kao behind the controls of a vehicle for a portion of the stage. Early in the game, this involves solo excursions in a pontoon boat or atop a snowboard. Eventually, you'll find yourself racing against enemies, first in a speedboat and later strapped to a rocket. Although Kao's latest adventure doesn't break any new ground, it definitely manages to stay lively.
Backgrounds and characters are lively and vibrant too, although they're also rather generic and don't tax the graphical horsepower of any of the systems the game has been published for. You've got your stereotypical jungle, arctic, volcanic, aquatic, and pirate ship settings, along with an equally stereotypical selection of enemies, such as bees, cannibalistic plants, hunters, demons, Vikings, and so on. The graphics are sufficiently sharp, however, and there is a good amount of activity in the environment, between the various weather effects and all of the breakable objects that can be smashed. Draw distance is also excellent, to the extent that you can usually spot any hazards far off in the distance long before you encounter them up close. The camera doesn't always choose the best vantage point, but that generally isn't a problem, since you can usually position the view anyway you like using the right analog stick, or, in the PSP's case, the directional pad. During chase sequences, though, the camera is fixed, which means you may miss a jump here and there because an unforeseen surprise has snuck up on you. While initially frustrating, the infinite number of continues makes those infrequent camera-caused deaths easy to tolerate.
Audio, as well, is lively yet generic. There is a wealth of different animal noises, comical sound effects, and environmental background noises, though nothing stands out as particularly unique or memorable. The spoken voice acting during dialogue scenes is charming and mildly amusing, and the voice actors deliver their lines with reasonable flair. Background music consists mainly of upbeat rhythms and circus tracks that suit the game's personality.
As the story goes, the evil hunter Barnaba, whom Kao defeated in the previous game, has returned once again with his henchmen to imprison the planet's animals and suck the Earth dry of its resources. Kao is one of the first critters rounded up by the pirates in Barnaba's service, but, thanks to some timely help from a clumsy parrot, he's also the first one set free. After stepping off the boat, Kao finds himself in the dark docks, which act as a hub for the six worlds that he must visit. Each world follows the typical adventure game layout, consisting of three or four large levels followed by a boss battle at the end.The game features typical 3D platforming formula. The main goal in each level is to reach the end, which consists of jumping between platforms, triggering switches and using weapons and vehicles to do so. Furthermore, each of his moves can be upgraded by collecting the stars that are scattered generously throughout each level. Interactive objects, like springboards and overhead rope bridges, also give you something else to do besides running and jumping.Also Scripted story scenes happen frequently to set up environmental calamities, chase sequences, and boss battles.
Developer(s): Tate InteractivePublisher(s): JoWooD Entertainment AG (EU), Atari (US)Genre: Action, PlatformerWikipedia: LinkGame review links: Metacritic: 58/100Game description: Kao the kangaroo is on the run - he has to stop the evil hunter Barnaba, who has captured most of his friends. Starting deep in the forests of the beavers, your journey will bring you to fascinating locations like the thunder mountain, the sea land and even the lost treasure island. Lots of adventures are waiting - use a snowboard to cross the frozen "gap of no return", win a breath-taking speed boat race and fly on the back of your pelican friend across the sea until you reach the legendary treasure island and the hideout of Barnaba.
Play as Kao! The cutest and bravest kangaroo of all video games returns.Experience the joy of playing a classic 3D single-player platformer filled with various challenges, including fighting, racing and solving puzzles.Bounce through 25 levels set in 5 unique, colorful worlds to rescue your animal friends captured by the evil Hunter and his henchmen!
Today's PC release of Kao the Kangaroo: Round 2 also clarified some of the questions surrounding the port's specific enhancements. Tate Multimedia has confirmed that the PC release supports Steam Achievements, Steam Cloud Saving, HD resolutions, and PS4 and Xbox 360 controllers. While I haven't tried the port yet so I can't speak to its quality, this definitely seems to be the most easily accessible and best looking version of Kao the Kangaroo: Round 2 if you are interested in the game.
Not content with being a little handy with his fists, the kick ass kangaroo must master 7 new fighting techniques to pound his enemies with. A destructive tail attack will send his foes into a dizzy spin and a slam jump to knock any opponent off their feet. And what Ozzy kangaroo isn't complete without his trusty Boomerang for defeating those hard to reach henchmen?
Kao the kangaroo: Round 2 is an exclusive adventure platformer for all ages. With plenty of hidden spots, bonus levels, races, shooting ranges and big bosses, Kao offers an eclectic mix of gameplay set across vast, colour rich lands. 59ce067264