Saturday, February 4, 2012

12. Banjo Kazooie (N64)

My favorite game by Rareware. There seems to be a persistent complaint among a small group of gamers that Banjo Kazooie is a Mario 64 ripoff. Well, they’re both in 3d and they’re both platformers… but that’s about it. Banjo Kazooie sets itself apart from the Gexes and Glovers of the N64 landscape to create a fully realized universe abounding with imagination and quirky delight. You control Banjo, a lovable bear, along with his best friend, Kazooie, a bird with an attitude. The main goal of the game is to collect various “Jiggies” to unlock new worlds. It’s a “collect-a-thon” yes, but the game is built around it, so I don’t see a problem. The real joy of Banjo Kazooie is just exploring and finding secrets. It really reminds me of treasure hunts as a child, with all the magic you’d expect from such a comparison. Come, Spiral Mountain beckons you…

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