Klonoa: Door To Phantomile is one of those games that makes me nostalgic. I don’t know if it was because of its animesque nature, the quirky voice acting and made-up language, or the fact that its gameplay was both simple and innovative for the time. With that said, today we are going to take a retrospective look at Klonoa : Door To Phantomile, published for the PS1.
The plot is quite simple per platformer tradition: Evil guy kidnaps a princess and is bound on using her to destroy the world. You must stop him. That’s pretty much it. However, what Klonoa lacks in plot it more than makes up for in character. Utilizing decent voice acting as well as colorful characters is what makes this game really stand out. The protagonist is a kind of furry, with longs ears that act as kind of short-term wings, all while wearing a cap with what looks like Pac-Man on it. It is as outrageous at it sounds. If that’s not enough, his sidekick is some kind of weird ring spirit. The list of oddities goes on.
The game utilizes a 2.5D perspective, also knows as pseudo-3D. As you progress through the stages, you are bound to visit the background areas eventually. Control-wise, you can either jump or use your magic ring and grab enemies. After grabbing them, you can either throw them or use them for a double jump. While this scheme may sound simplistic, back in the day this interactivity with the enemies was quite innovating and added a unique twist to the game.
The graphics were quite nice for the time, and the design of the game bordered on too much cuteness I would dare say. The OST was cheery and funky most of the time and all of the individuals you came across were memorable due to their unique designs and mannerisms.
There isn’t much else to say about Klonoa. It isn’t that long of a game, topping at about 10-14 hours. What makes it stand in contrast to other platformers is that isn’t afraid to have its own character and identity even if that sometimes means that it is too cute for its own good; and really, that’s what makes it such a classic. Forward and simple, it is one of those games that is quite as enjoyable as it was back in the day. So, if you don’t mind old school games you should give the world of Phantomile a try. It is bound to surprise you.
Picture #1: Taken from the following article. Make sure to check it out as it offers a quite nice analysis of the game. Warning : Spoilers. http://gameological.com/2012/05/well-always-have-phantomile/