Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. 100
    This is a game that is filled with a simple yet endearing story, excellent game mechanics, eye-popping visuals, a challenging collection element, and a surprisingly bittersweet ending that will make you want to play it all over again, especially to see the once-static cinematics recreated in full 3D. Klonoa is one of the best platforming games of all time and this is a superior remake of an already flawless original.
  2. $30 is a fair price to pay for a truly excellent, old school platforming experience.
  3. Klonoa is not only a great game remade, it's a great deal.
  4. 90
    Klonoa doesn't make amazing nor innovative use of the Wii's control capabilities, yet it is a shining example of how the bare minimum of pad usage can still create an excellent game.
  5. While platforming titles have certainly become more intricate and flashy over the years, Namco's update of their original Klonoa title proves that even a decade-old platformer can still hold its own when a developer puts the time and effort into it. If you're a platformer fan, you absolutely must own this wonderfully charming title.
  6. A platforming classic. [May 2009, p.88]
  7. But despite the short length and difficulty, Klonoa’s classic strengths far outweigh its long forgotten weaknesses. Whether you were a fan of the original or a curious newcomer, Door to Phantomile is a wonderful experience that deserves to reach the reception it has long deserved.
  8. What you're getting, and you're getting it at a bargain price, is a magnificent update of an already standout title.
  9. 85
    The Wii was definitely the perfect audience to deliver it on, and for thirty bucks you simply cannot afford to miss this incredibly charming experience.
  10. The only “problems” with this game are that it's quite short (it's more like Portal-short in that it doesn't need to be any longer than it is) and that, like every remake and re-imagining, it doesn't bringing anything extraordinarily new to the table.
  11. Klonoa's an excellent platforming title, especially for many players who may have missed out on it when it was originally released.
  12. Klonoa: The Door to Phantomile is a polished version of a 2D-platformer that was released on the Playstation more than a decade ago. The gameplay is simple, well structured and offers just the right amount of challenge. Klonoa isn't one of the lengthiest games, but looks and plays great.
  13. 80
    Feels like a breath of fresh air on a system that normally spits out mini-game collections and crappy sports packs once a week. Klonoa is a remake of the original, and it follows the template brick for brick, but for newcomers to the series it’s a must-play entry into the world of platformers.
  14. The gameplay is well-designed and it features some truly beautiful visuals.
  15. Though short, Klonoa makes for a fantastic addition to the Wii library. With its beautiful new visuals, additional modes, and extremely challenging bonus rooms, Klonoa veterans as well as platformer fans would do well to pick up this budget-priced title.
  16. 80
    Run, jump and dodge - these are the simple commodities in which Klonoa trades. Lush visuals and solid mechanics make this an excellent remake which stands testament to the power of the 2D plane.
  17. The Wii remake of Klonoa smartly left the original's essentials alone, expanding the formula with a vibrant, refreshed look, and a world that not only looks a lot better, but moves more fluidly. With plenty of variety, memorable boss battles, and a charming story, this is one ride you can't afford to miss...even if it is a rather short one.
  18. The best part about this new remake of Klonoa is that it's going for the discounted price of $29.99. Considering the game won't take you an especially long time to finish, that's a great price for a classic platformer that still has some appeal for modern players while also being charming enough for younger kids to get into, as well.
  19. 80
    In the end, Klonoa is a fantastic game that unfortunately suffers from a high degree of difficulty.
  20. Klonoa is back in an awesome remake which represents one of the few games that, in the late 90's, fused the 2D traditional gameplay with the emerging and stunning 3D graphics. An authentic dream come true in Wii. Don't miss the opportunity of playing this game if you're a nostalgic gamer.
  21. Klonoa Door to Phantomile is one of the best adaptations to the next generation we've ever seen. Unfortunately, it doesn't bring any big new features in comparison with the original.
  22. No matter how many years have passed, Klonoa is still a great platformer, and here on Wii it boosts a nice visual upgrade: however, Bandai Namco did nothing to improve the length of the game, which can be easily completed in five hours or so.
  23. This is certainly no Super Mario Galaxy, but it is a more than respectable entry in the platforming universe.
  24. This classic platformer is as fun and good-looking as ever, but it's over before you know it.
  25. Fun but short, magic but easy ... Klonoa jumps into Wii to become one of the best platform-games in 2.5D of the console. Jumps, colour and funny dreams for everyone, although it only lasts for the length of a nap.
  26. The final surprise the game offered was its at first vanilla, then definitively Vanilla Sky storyline.
  27. A mixed success. In terms of its childlike spectacle, Klonoa is quite brilliant, offering a number of memorable set-pieces and an unforgettable, wistful ambience throughout. But its challenges, while obvious, are often fiddly to overcome, and the sense of deep achievement that comes from completing one of Super Mario's tasks is here replaced by mere relief that it's over.
  28. Despite all of these complaints, I can see fans of the original game enjoying this revival. It’s faithful to a fault, and I can think of plenty of older niche games that I would love to see get similar treatment. But if you’ve got no connection to the original, you’ll likely wonder what all of the fuss is about.
  29. 70
    Klonoa is one of the best platforming games on the Wii.
  30. A perfect remake: shiny graphics and some new contents that increase replay value. Still, is a game from 1997, some puzzles are too "childish" and the main adventure don't last more than 5 hours.
  31. A disappointingly underwhelming title. [Mar 2009, p.69]
  32. The more than ten year old game is still charming and will attract younger players. Let’s hope Klonoa 2 will hit the Wii as well.
  33. Solid and enjoyable stuff but also incredibly shallow by today's standards. [Aug 2009, p.84]
  34. Puzzles are too child-friendly, their solutions more fiddly than mentally taxing. The pleasure earned from cracking Miymoto’s designs is instead targeted by flashy 2.5D level design – snaking sights that admittedly look wonderfully crisp on Wii – and set-pieces for the impatient. [Mar 2009, p.95]
  35. A strange choice of PSone update, but an enjoyable platformer only let down by its lack of challenge.
  36. The remake of Klonoa for Wii is a colorful and cozy game that's perfect for the younger generation of players. Unfortunately, the experienced player has not much to get here more than a dose of nostalgia.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jul 25, 2011
    One of my all time favorite Wii Games of 2009. Very underrated too. If you see it at a store pick this up It has decent Re-playability and great Music! Namco if you're reading this make a Klonoa 2 for the Wii. Full Review »
  2. Aug 29, 2010
    Klonoa returns remade for the Wii! This was definitely one of those series that I always wanted to play and I finally got the chance to do so! And overall I'm not disappointed, as it offers classic platformer gameplay that many games are failing to do so. Not only that but it also has a very interesting story going with it. Yet the game is fairly easy and short, except the very last level that is only difficult because it makes you jump on platforms that are very small and make you slip easily. But aside from that little moment, you can finish easily this game. And while that is not particularly a bad thing, it becomes a bad thing considering how short the game is. Otherwise this one would definitely be superb, yet I can't wait to see the second part come to the Wii, please. Full Review »
  3. Apr 4, 2014
    For those of you that don't know this game is a remake of the classic ps1 game klonoa door to phantomile which was sadly hugely over looked in the west at the time of its release but do to the series gaining a cult following over time and the then popular craze of brining old video game franchises back into the modern day gaming light klonoa got another chance and out of all the game franchises that made a come back klonoa is easily the one i am most pleased with.

    the story begins with klonoa dreaming about how he first met his best friend huepow and the wind ring (klonoas main means of attack and where huepow was discovered) the dream continues with them playing then suddenly a strange object crashes into a near by mountain were klonoa lives and the sky goes dark. It is mentioned at the the start of the game that this is a recurring dream that klonoa has. Whilst klonoa is having this dream klonoa is awakened by a loud noise which happens to be an object crashing into a mountain near klonoa's house (this being very remeiniscent of klonoa's dream) klonoa and huepow then set out to investigate and that is were our story starts.

    The story may seem fairly simple at first but the creators goal was to make a game that appeals to a young audience but has a strong story that would satisfy an adult audience and he definitely delivered with an engaging plot, an unpredictable storyline as you advance and one of the best plot twists endings I have ever seen in any media kids and adults will not be disappointed with the story of this game alike.

    Klonoa is a 2.5D platformer with his means of attack being somewhat of a gimmick. klonoa's method of attack is using his wind ring a giant ring which allows him to shoot a a small burst of wind energy which if hits an enemy will inflate them and render them defenceless so klonoa may use them for his personal use this could either be to defeat other enemies by throwing them at one another or to give klonoa an extra boost in his jump which allows him to reach higher ledges not possible by a regular jump. klonoa also has a flutter ability which allows him to get to ledges just out of his reach or to spend several seconds suspended in the air. all these elements are used to make what could be a mediocre platforming experience a unique enjoyable never before seen classic video game not just in the platforming genre but in the history of video games. This gameplay style also adds a minor emphasis of puzzle solving to the game which keeps the game fresh but doesn't get in the way or distract from the platforming of the game and if anything adds a decent amount of variety to each level making every level unique in its own right.

    The score has been untouched from the original game and still sounds as good as ever having a very charming cheerful melody for the most part but is very atmospheric when needed to be which makes for an extremely memorable soundtrack hat will be stuck in your head for the rest of your life time.

    The graphics are great having a very slick cartoony style which really compliments the tone that the game was going for and for the system the game was on it really stands out from the crowd of other wii games even now.

    The voice acting can be over all seen as pretty cheesy not to say it doesn't suit the characters and fit the mood of the game though

    The controls are great not having any forced motion controls being implemented into the game which really does make you feel like your playing a classic game.

    The game really shines in the extra content department having a pretty wide variety of new unlockables ranging from costumes to enemy bio, a sound test and best of all the ability to play any level in reverse. On top of that the game does a fantastic job of fan service to fans of the original game making klonoa's original costume unlockable and option of choosing the games original voice acting/language.

    All the characters are likeable having a very distinct personality and tone to them on top of memorable and unique designs and a colour scheme which sweet on the eyes.

    Over all this remake is one of the best I have ever seen being so true to the original but having so many new distinct features that fans of the original wont feel like there just playing a rehash and for those of you who have never played a klonoa game before this would be a fantastic place to start one of the best wii games out there and i would even go as far as to say better then the original whilst capturing the essence of what made the original a unforgettable classic. An outstanding game that you dream would never end.
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