Kao The Kangaroo is a Soft-Reboot of a Forgotten Mascot

Kao The Kangaroo is a video game character that not very many gamers have heard of. With everyone from Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Donkey Kong, and, of course, Mario it’s difficult to get a new mascot in the limelight. Especially, when it is involved with Sega’s ill-fated Dreamcast. Kao actually made his debut in the early 2000s without making too much of a splash throughout the gaming community. However, developer Tate Multimedia managed to make a few sequels since Kao’s original adventure, and then, he kind of disappeared. In 2020, this title has relaunched that kind of re-introduced the kangaroo to a new audience for its 20th anniversary. Since then, it garnered a brand new adventure for the Nintendo Switch for 2022.

This kangaroo has come a long way and there is definitely some more hijinx afoot for this boxing glove-wearing marsupial. His next journey is a personal one, involving his family and traveling to far-off exotic places that are full of dark magic and wonder. In Kao The Kangaroo, this next chapter will involve him going off to find his sister, Kaia, who went missing. During this journey, Kao will encounter an evil presence known as the “Eternal Warrior” which is manipulating the “fighting masters” of this island with his powers. On top of that, Kao will also finally discover some clues to the whereabouts of his missing father and the secrets that were withheld from him. There is certainly a lot on Kao’s plate and there is no doubt that this next romp will be an epic one.

Hoppin’ Mad

Kao The Kangaroo is definitely a fond representation of 3D platformers of the early 2000s. The trailer shows where the developers got their inspiration from, no doubt. Platforming is king with this series and this next installment appears that is going to have it in spades. Of course, Kao comes equipped with magical boxing gloves that he can use to pummel his enemies into oblivion. The footage of the trailer briefly summarizes what kind of powers the gloves will have. Most notably, elemental powers. Laced with ice magic, fire powers, and windy wonders, Kao’s gloves will provide different power-ups to fight enemies and traverse levels. From the looks of things, Kao is stuck on a tropical island that will hold various magical realms in which Kao will need to trek through. Each level has a distinct look, feeling, and vibe to it. They are colorfully rendered with vivid detail that also has a charming veneer to them.

Fiery volcanoes, frozen wastelands, and marvelous marshes are only a few places this kangaroo will venture through. Each level will introduce a new move that will complement the challenges ahead. Things like using his ears to shimmy under a railing and even using a grappling hook of some kind to clear gaps. All of the levels want the players to poke around and explore and see what they can find. There are secrets buried everywhere throughout this game that is begging to be discovered. Whether players can garner these powers by searching the island and finding items or just by progressing through the game is unknown. It may be a wide-linear experience that will be set players off on a single path. Accompanied with different pathways that require certain skills to bypass. If nothing else, it’s possible that there is a level selection that is associated with a hub.

Punchin’ Bad

There will be all sorts of characters that Kao The Kangaroo will come across during his adventure. Not everyone is out to hurt Kao, there will be some friendly NPC’s that he can talk with to help him out. Everything from mentors teaching him new things to inventors giving him a new gadget. There will be a constant sense of progression with this game that will prevent things from getting stale. Of course, there will be all manners of baddies that Kao will need to deal with. Giant toads, mischievous monkeys, and even booby traps are stashed away throughout the island. Each level will provide a fresh challenge to keep the players’ skills sharp. Additionally, this title will also have puzzles to solve which will break up the action and force Kao to use a little brainpower. Also, collecting as many coins as possible is also essential for progressing through the levels.

Kao The Kangaroo will also have a plethora of collectibles to find. Gamers who are completionists will have a field day with this title because there will be a bunch of it. Kao will also come with a rather deep melee system. Not only that he can jump and punch, but he can do other tricks, too. He can upgrade finishers to knock the block off his enemies. Plus, there are even some evasion tactics that he can use. Kao fights very much like a strategic boxer. Not to mention that the magical gloves will certainly spice up these encounters. Every enemy will come with its own methods of attacks and personality. This game isn’t as “button-mashy” as it looks. There is actually some strategic combat to be found here that will please some seasoned gamers that grew up with platformers of this ilk. Also, it appears that Kao will also have some unlockable air-borne attacks to help get rid of aerial enemies buzzing around. There will be foes that will attack Kao head-on and even shoot projectiles, so upgrading this kangaroo will be an important element with the gameplay.

Gaming Glad

It is good to see Kao The Kangaroo make a triumphant return this generation. His adventures tend to be memorable and are akin to the likes of Banjo-Kazooie and others. Even though there was a pretty good gameplay trailer dropped within the last couple of weeks, there hasn’t been a release date locked in, yet. Hopefully, this game will launch within the first quarter of this year, so players can get their hands on this colorful adventure. When it does release, it will be available for the PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and PC. This soft-reboot of a long-forgotten franchise has the potential to finally give Kao The Kangaroo the recognition it deserves.

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