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  • Summary: Floppy-eared hero Klonoa returns in another fast-paced, colorful side-scrolling adventure for the Game Boy Advance. In his latest challenge, Klonoa must race against time and other dream travelers in the Dream Champ Tournament to collect stars, sun and moon stones to become the ultimate Dream Champion. Combining platform, puzzle and adventure elements, Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament is just the adventure fans of the series have been anticipating. Explore the intricate and puzzle-packed worlds where you’ll meet a wide variety of interesting creatures! Solve Fiendishly-Designed Puzzles — Use Boxes, Bomb Boxes, Switches, Pressure Switches, Goomis, Springs and Scales in your quest for glory. Hoverboard Races — Each world contains a fast-paced thrill ride of gem collecting fun! Master your Skills to Win — Klonoa must prove his skills against other dream travelers in the Dream Champ Tournament. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Despite the fact that Klonoa games don't see much change from title to title, it almost doesn't need it. We still see some minor additions in each one, but in the end it's the gameplay that makes Klonoa so great.
  2. The controls are absolute perfection, and the ingenious level design will draw in even those too jaded to appreciate the game's charming presentation. [Apr 2005, p.99]
  3. Sure the difficulty of later puzzles can get on your nerves but all you need to do is take a breather and set your head straight and everything will be fine.
  4. It combined puzzles and action adventure with the platforming for an experience that was not only challenging but displayed depth and variety - and it doesn't feel old-school.
  5. 80
    Namco deserves credit for creating a game so perfectly suited to the handheld format. Each stage is subdivided into multiple sections so that it's impossible to lose more than a few minutes of progress at any given time, and an autosave function makes recording and restoring progress a completely transparent task.
  6. 80
    Don't get fooled by the cartoony visuals--this is one game that'll make you think long and hard in a good way.
  7. Klonoa is a fun game to play but becomes repetitive and tedious quickly, and the fact that it's so similar to the first game is very disappointing.

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  1. MarcusL
    Jul 9, 2009
    One thing I can say from the off is that the whole Klonoa series is brilliant. The fun filled 2.5D gameplay of the console games on PS1, PS2 and Wii and the plain and classic 2D gameplay of the first GBA Klonoa, Dream Champ Tournament has a good history under it's belt, but is it any good? First thing is that the game is basically similar to the first GBA Klonoa game, Empire of Dreams. That is usually a bad thing because gamers want variety, not repetitiveness, but DCT adds some little changes that not only gives the game at least SOME variety, but also makes the game true to what made Klonoa great in the first place. Next is the story. The story is, well, eh. I never really payed attention to the story in this game. I mean, it's no Door to Phantomile story wise, sadly, but I assume it's kind of like Sonic Riders's story, just without that annoying prick known as Jet the Hawk. The gameplay is simple. D-Pad is movement, A is jump/hover and B is wind bullet, simple stuff. The aim is very simple, use enemies to get past the hazards in game and find three tablets to complete the level. However, unlike EOD, this game has a ranking system based on Dream Crystals collected, number of times hit and number of retrys. Getting an S rank requires you to get the special sun tablet thingy. Completing visions removes pieces from special unlockable art, but that's minor. All in all, despite being nearly the exact same as Empire of Dreams, Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament is a great game for your GBA. It's fun, addicting and above all, it's bloody Klonoa! Expand