Banjo-Kazooie

Banjo-Kazooie

1998
Adventure
Platformer
The witch Gruntilda has captured Banjo's beloved sister, intending to leech the girl's youth and beauty through black magic and mad science. Banjo and Kazooie set out across nine worlds to get her back. (imdb.com)
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Banjo-Kazooie

1998
Adventure
Platformer
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Rated 26 Jan 2018
50
6th
I feel like there was just a spate of games that were exactly the same with different paint.
Rated 29 Jan 2018
9
97th
I just can't stop going back to this game even after twenty years. I don't know why it stands so far above other Mario 64-alikes to me, but it always has. Levels like Treasure Trove Cove, Freezeezy Peak and Click Clock Woods just pull me into this warm, nostalgic place, the music is so chipper and charming and the game bursting with fun ideas in the ways it expands your moveset from Mario 64. That quiz game at the end, so clever for its day!
Rated 25 Jan 2018
80
56th
The apotheosis of the collectathon.
Rated 28 Jan 2018
53
33rd
The game has a neat hub world and it also has a lot of personality, but good lord, this game is the definition of overrated. Mechanically the movement options are one-dimensional and stiff with abilities that are overly contextual to be interesting. Level design is mostly boring gimmicks that can occasionally be decent but are either braindead easy or infuriating in how poorly designed they are. Why people think this is some gold standard in platforming is beyond me.
Rated 14 Jan 2018
70
17th
Still good but the whole collectathon thing doesn't really hold up these days. Not as bad at DK64 for that though
Rated 15 Aug 2018
94
96th
The strongest of Rare's N64 platformers, despite being their first; their expressed need to make the others "new" and "different" compared to this often led them astray one way or another. Here, though, the levels fit together on a scale that's fun to explore without making backtracking a chore, the moves are numerous and varied but are introduced at a reasonable pace, and overall, it just works nicely. As successful an attempt to follow in Mario 64's footsteps as you could wish for.
Rated 03 Apr 2019
50
24th
Very tedious collecting all that bullshit. I never tried not collecting anything, it may be much better that way.
Rated 17 Aug 2018
5
82nd
~Completed!~ While some of the level design hasn't aged gracefully, it's still a brilliant, shining example of 3D platformers. Its iconic sound and game design, along with its quirky, memorable characters, will keep you coming back for more. This is my third time completing it and I know I'll do it again some day.
Rated 05 Feb 2018
83
79th
If you haven't made it to the top of the castle trying to hit Gruntilda with all you possibly have, you haven't really played Banjo-Kazooie. It's easier than you think at the beginning, harder than you think at the end. One of Rare's very best efforts.
Rated 16 May 2023
78
68th
Not a huge fan of platformers, but this classic still manages to be a good time with a fun little story to go along with the charming soundtrack and gameplay that still holds up 25 years later.
Rated 02 Feb 2022
0
2nd
This is awful. You're saving your sister in this game from this witch that kidnapped her & wants to transfer her beauty into her. The 3D is really bad in this game. You can't tell where you going. You need to collect 100 notes per level, Puzzle pieces & what looked like Skelton skulls. You won't advance to any more levels until you do all that per level. If you leave a level it doesn't save all the stuff you got as you got to redo that over again.
Rated 16 Jan 2018
90
60th
A game made by Rare at its finest. Unforgettable worlds, good platforming, and plenty of goofy characters. It suffers from camera issues and shotty controls like most games of its time.
Rated 04 Mar 2018
75
48th
Excellent 3d platformer.
Rated 14 Jan 2018
70
54th
You gettta collect stuff but as a bear and bird!
Rated 21 Jun 2019
56
43rd
I do understand the appeal but Banjo was just too much of a long-form fetch-quest for me to care all that much. I find it very middling in spite of the whimsicality of the characters, music, sound, and overall presentation.
Rated 13 Feb 2018
93
83rd
Banjo-Kazooie has earned it's spot in the gaming pantheon's top list of 3D platformers, back in Rare's heyday. Colorful visuals, surprisingly funny writing, and tight, fun controls made the game an instant classic.
Rated 11 Apr 2018
98
73rd
There may be a little to much back tracking for some. Which could be an issue. For those who appreciate the collecathon genre this game towers at the top of. Banjo-Kazooie is legendary and is always a worthy game to go back to.

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