Klaus is a good game that takes too long to become so. The commentary baked into its narrative bleeds into the gameplay resulting in mechanics that are not provided enough nourishment to grow and an exposition that will lose many due to its over-commitment to delivering a message. The initial impression leaves a bad taste, and in a world where first impressions matter, this is difficult to overlook.
Klaus is a game that is simplistic and straightforward in its design and overall complexity, but that does not stop it from being a competent and well-made puzzle-platformer. The biggest strength of this title would have to be its sense of style offered by the writing for Klaus and K1, as well as the great, hand drawn visuals that creatively use mixtures of light, colours, and shadow in each level; combine that with the solid platforming and Klaus is certainly a title worth giving shot.
Despite its shortcomings and unfortunate slip towards the end, Klaus stands as an admirable and respectable first outing for La Cosa Entertainment.
Reading back over this I feel I've been a little too harsh on Klaus, it is an entertaining game; it's a good game.
Both Klaus and the game are clones in search of higher sentience, and they both get there in the end.
A solid debut title for La Cosa Entertainment, KLAUS looks good and tells its story very well. A bit too easy for seasoned players, which feels unrewarding, but still plenty to like about this quirky platformer.
One of the most inventive puzzle platformers in years thanks to the way it constantly defies expectations, but the story is nowhere near as interesting as the game design, and it goes on for far too long.
Klaus is a really fascinating game, full of nice little touches, but with flawed controls and some frustrating moments.
Review in Italian | Read full review
Klaus is an unusual, post-modern platformer that reflects on what it means to be alive.
Overall Klaus is a solid linear, story-based platformer. Hardcore players of platformers looking for a challenge should look elsewhere. From a mysterious story to solid yet fun gameplay, Klaus is a game that should be enjoyable for anyone.
Klaus combines various elements of different genres and combines them in stellar fashion in a fresh and unique twist.
KLAUS is a successful debut of a small studio with a big heart. The game won't let you go until you reach the end credits. Giving Klaus a chance is worth it because good platformers are rarer and rarer.
Review in Slovak | Read full review
KLAUS is ultimately intriguing enough to hold your attention, whether it be played through once, multiple times, or even as a speed run.
It's hard to not love Klaus. It's one of those games that sneaks up on you from out of nowhere and puts a big smile on your face because of how surprisingly good it is
Conventionally speaking, Klaus is a game like many others. It has some action, and a plot, and a few boss fights. But the way that it presents its story, and the way that the story is able to form a reflection of itself in the mind of the player, is unlike most games I've experienced. One might even call it bizarre. In the span of six to eight hours, Klaus goes from being a platformer, another title in one of the most universal gaming genres imaginable, to an experience well outside the realm of expectation. Players who want a simple platforming game will find a few twists on the old formulas, but those who are open to discovering a deeper meaning within games, specifically those who often associate themselves with a game's protagonist, will find much and more to enjoy with Klaus.
The style of this game is what drew me in at the start. Flashy animations with a unique design that reminds me a bit of a cartoon film noir.
Klaus is yet another example of the great 2D platformers to emerge from the indie scene of the last 10 years. Its interesting story adorned with well-crafted visuals and fun and varied gameplay is the perfect match for the genre. Despite some problems with its pace, it is highly recommended if some of your favorite games of recent years include Braid, Limbo, Super Meat Boy and Thomas Was Alone.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
With enjoyable puzzles and an enthralling narrative, playing Klaus is a delight from start to finish
Klaus is an impeccable experience from top to bottom. Platforming is engaging and tight, the puzzles will keep you on your toes, and the story offers up something that matches mind-blowing tales such as Limbo or Inside. The struggle with managing all the moving parts and some unfortunate flashing lights aren't enough to bring this one down too far on the list of stellar platforming experiences on the Nintendo Switch.
Klaus is a delightful platformer stuffed with thought-provoking dialogue and ingenious level design. Its difficulty curve and control options could have used some adjustment, but this is an overall remarkable title with plenty to offer to those looking for a fresh take on the genre