Kao the Kangaroo (PlayStation 5) Review

When you think of 3D platformers featuring anthropomorphic heroes, a certain bandicoot and a purple dragon will likely come to mind. However, a lesser known mascot in Kao the Kangaroo has made a surprising return with this modern reboot for current generation consoles. The game, developed and published by Tate Multimedia, attempts to do for its Aussie mascot what Activision and Toys For Bob have done for Crash and Spyro.

Kao the Kangaroo is unapologetically old-school in its approach. The game blends vibrant, cartoony visuals with straightforward yet satisfying platforming mechanics. Much like the genre’s classics, you’ll be hopping and collect-a-thon-ing (if such a term exists) your way through a series of varied and visually appealing levels. However, don’t let its charming exterior fool you; Kao’s journey is peppered with challenging segments that demand precise timing and skill.

The combat system, while not groundbreaking, provides a decent level of engagement. Kao’s signature boxing gloves allow for a mix of basic attacks and more advanced combos, which go to some lengths in making the encounters with enemies feel dynamic. There are also environmental puzzles that, while not overly intricate, certainly add a layer of depth to the gameplay.

This modern platformer boasts a colourful and lively art style that’s clearly inspired by the golden era of platformers, despite lacking a percentage of extra polish found in the Crash and Spyro remasters. Saying that, the character animations are solid, and the world is filled with whimsical details that enhance the overall experience. From lush jungles to icy landscapes, each level is well crafted, offering a visually pleasing adventure that should keep younger players intrigued from start to finish.

Kao’s story is simplistic but serves its purpose. Our new favourite marsupial embarks on a quest to rescue his missing sister and uncover the secrets of his father’s mysterious disappearance. The narrative is propelled by a cast of quirky characters and lighthearted dialogue that never takes itself too seriously. It’s this charming and approachable storytelling that will certainly appeal to the

While the PlayStation 5 version of Kao the Kangaroo for the most part, there are occasional hiccups in performance. Some players might encounter minor frame drops or texture pop-ins, but these are relatively infrequent and don’t take away from the overall experience.

Kao the Kangaroo (PlayStation 5) verdict

Kao the Kangaroo is a heartfelt nod to the platformers of yesteryear, wrapped in a vibrant, modern package. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it doesn’t need to. Instead, it offers a solid, fun-filled adventure that is sure to resonate with fans of the genre, while offering an accessible point of entry for newcomers. If you’re looking for a nostalgic trip with a fresh coat of paint, Kao the Kangaroo is well worth your time.

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