Kaze and the Wild Masks

Rating Summary

Based on 32 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

84%

Critics Recommend

Based on 32 critic reviews
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8 / 10.0
Mar 19, 2021

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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84 / 100
Mar 20, 2021

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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8 / 10.0
Apr 6, 2021

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

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8.5 / 10.0
Mar 29, 2021

Kaze and the Wild Masks mix elements from famous classic games with fresh ideas of its own, a great through back to the 90s vibe with fun gameplay that suits today standards

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90 / 100
Mar 24, 2021

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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Emanuele Feronato

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9 / 10.0
Apr 1, 2021

I had so much fun playing Kaze and the Wild Makes. Fast, colorful, easy to play if you just want to see the end, and absolutely challenging if you try to fully complete it unlocking every secret. The gameplay is not that innovative, and sometimes borrows heavily from the classics, but the result is an undeniably competent game. If you like platformers, there is no reason in the world not to try it. Highly recommended.

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9 / 10
Mar 19, 2021

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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Ken McKown

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8.5 / 10.0
Mar 23, 2021

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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7 / 10
Mar 19, 2021

Overall, this is a fast-paced, colourful, and nostalgic experience. It’s challenging while staying on the right side of frustrating, with a lot of fun to be had. Though you might not get much out of the story, you’ll still have fun clearing levels and beating time trials.

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84 / 100
Mar 19, 2021

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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