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Kao the Kangaroo

Tate Multimedia
May 27, 2022 - PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
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OpenCritic Rating

69

Top Critic Average

40%

Critics Recommend

IGN
7 / 10
Game Informer
6 / 10
Destructoid
7 / 10
TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
Shacknews
6 / 10
IGN Italy
7.8 / 10
God is a Geek
7 / 10
GamingTrend
70 / 100
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Kao the Kangaroo Trailers

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Kao the Kangaroo - Launch Trailer

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Kao the Kangaroo - Release the Power of the Gloves!


Kao the Kangaroo Screenshots



Critic Reviews for Kao the Kangaroo

Kao the Kangaroo makes no secret of its inspirations and while this isn't the toughest platformer going, it's refreshingly straightforward.

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I initially thought that Kao the Kangaroo would, at the very least, be a great recommendation for younger players. Then I remembered that I and generations of kids cut their teeth on games like Mario, Crash Bandicoot, or Ratchet & Clank – kid-friendly platformers that still offer plenty of mechanical depth, polish, and design creativity. Children are much more capable than we sometimes give credit for, and Kao’s by-the-numbers design would likely bore all but the most nascent of gamers. Kao the Kangaroo isn’t a total disaster by any means. It just feels aggressively average and forgettable which, sadly, has been the case for the mascot for years.

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Solid and definitely have an audience. There could be some hard-to-ignore faults, but the experience is fun.

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Kao the Kangaroo is an often-delightful throwback to a simpler time, paying homage to the 3D platformers of yesteryear while retaining just enough of its own identity. Most importantly, its platforming and combat are both on point, and thanks to its likeable characters you'll want to see it through to the end.

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Kao the Kangaroo succeeds in delivering a nostalgic platformer vibe with everything you’d expect from that mixed in, including coins and collectibles that encourage exploration, along with a bright, cheerful atmosphere. With some of these issues fixed, the bugs and glitches especially, I could easily see this game scoring closer to a 7 or 8. However, because of the number of bugs I encountered and how disruptive some of them were, I can’t in good conscience give this game anything higher than a 6, much as it pains me to do so.

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Simple and fun, Kao the Kangaroo is a platformer that despite having minor flaws is worth playing: it's a fine tribute to the 3D platformers of the heydays.

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Kao the Kangaroo is a fun throwback to platformers of the noughties, but it has a few issues that really hold it back.

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Kao the Kangaroo makes a valiant effort in this reboot, but it still feels like half the game it should be. Many mechanics feel unexplored, the final world is a single level with a boss fight, and it's very glitchy. Still, it's a fun enough romp for what it is and I hope we see more of this marsupial in the future.

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