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Kaze and the Wild Masks

Soedesco, PixelHive, Cool Small Games, PixelHive Studio
Mar 26, 2021 - Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, PC, Google Stadia, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
Strong

OpenCritic Rating

82

Top Critic Average

88%

Critics Recommend

Destructoid
8 / 10
Hobby Consolas
84 / 100
IGN Italy
8 / 10
GamingTrend
90 / 100
ZTGD
8.5 / 10
PlayStation Universe
8.5 / 10
PC Invasion
9 / 10
COGconnected
84 / 100
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Critic Reviews for Kaze and the Wild Masks

Kaze and the Wild Masks is an unashamed blast from the past, for better or worse. PixelHive's love letter to 16-bit gaming surmounts budgetary and design shortcomings with a compelling challenge, luscious visuals, and an evocative soundtrack, all punctuated by a solid underdog spirit. Kaze's polished but formulaic gameplay will not be to everyone's taste, but for those who long for the halcyon days when the platformer was king, it's most definitely wabbit season.

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A rock-solid platformer that shines in the graphics and gameplay department. Its main fault is that the game is too derivative.

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A perfect modern retro-game, inspired from 90s 16-bit classics.

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Kaze and the Wild Masks is a near-perfect platformer with a lot of charm and entertaining gameplay. It’s just a rush of amazing platforming action chock-full of collectibles and challenge that will have you grinning ear-to-ear like you did in the 90s.

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ZTGD

8.5 / 10.0
Ken McKown

I cannot recommend this game enough. I loved Kaze and the Wild Masks, and hope it finds the audience it deserves so we might get more games from this team. It really ticked all the boxes I would expect from a game inspired by the mascot platformers I grew up with. It also helps that the game is coming to every platform imaginable. Do not hesitate if you love titles like Donkey Kong Country or even have the most minute nostalgia for that plethora of mascot platformers from the mid -to-late 90s. This game hits all those notes whileinjecting its own flavor to the cause.

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Kaze and The Wild Masks is an instant classic in the side-scrolling genre. It's a simple, well-executed formula that channels tons of different inspirations while still holding true to its own vision. The gameplay is top-notch and offers everything a fan could want, from beautiful sprite work to collecting shiny objects. Consider this a must-own among the other great side scrollers.

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While on the short side and not particularly original, Kaze and the Wild Masks is an exceptional 2D platformer filled with well designed, engaging levels and tight, responsive controls.

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Kaze and the Wild Masks merges elements from great games of the 16-bit era in order to create a fascinating 2D platformer. Although its influences are clearly visible, these aspects have been developed with modern-day principles to alleviate some of the issues that plagued titles of that period. With an incredible pixel-based art style, euphonious soundtrack and perfect precision-based platforming, Kaze and the Wild Masks is a must for fans of the genre.

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