Banjo-Kazooie

Nintendo 64
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Universal acclaim- based on 579 Ratings

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  • Summary: Trouble is brewing on Spiral Mountain! Gruntilda the witch, wildly jealous of Tooty the Honey Bear's good looks; is determined to steal them for herself! But even as she whisks the helpless youngster off to her tower, Tooty's big brother Banjo and his loud-mouthed partner Kazooie are hot onTrouble is brewing on Spiral Mountain! Gruntilda the witch, wildly jealous of Tooty the Honey Bear's good looks; is determined to steal them for herself! But even as she whisks the helpless youngster off to her tower, Tooty's big brother Banjo and his loud-mouthed partner Kazooie are hot on the trail to rescue her...Aided by the mystical shaman Mumbo Jumbo, Banjo and Kazooie must tackle gloomy swamps, scorching deserts, towering mountain ranges and spooky haunted houses on their way to the final confrontation at the summit of Gruntilda's Lair. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 100
    Cute, funny and continuously enchanting - it's what good gaming is all about.
  2. A breath of fresh air, a wonderful diversion, a good use of puzzle-solving energy. It’s like "Mario 64," but better. Any improvement over a game that got little but perfect ratings when it was released is an improvement to be applauded.
  3. This 3D polygon world is absolutely astounding.
  4. Brilliant, plain and simple, and another example of why Nintendo have become so dependant on Rare -- the company produces games that are every bit as good as Nintendo's own, if not better.
  5. Unfortunately, the sound is pretty much a mix of "Mario 64" and "Diddy Kong Racing" leftovers. A grunt here, a guffaw there, it's all been done to death.
  6. While not necessarily breaking down walls in innovation, Banjo-Kazooie takes us down a path we've been before and makes the ride a whole lot smoother.
  7. While it fails to achieve the lofty status of greatest platform game of all time, still held by an overweight plumber, Banjo Kazooie is a close second, and that ain't half bad.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 147
  1. ChrisC.
    Nov 28, 2003
    10
    It doesn't list it, but I rate it a 100,000,000,000,000,000,000.
  2. Oct 27, 2011
    10
    i still remember clearly the impresions this game caused me when i played it for the 1st time, it had never seen before graphics, a lot ofi still remember clearly the impresions this game caused me when i played it for the 1st time, it had never seen before graphics, a lot of moves, so many things to do, amazing sense of freedom.....but not better than super mario 64 IMO Expand
  3. FlappyFlappy
    Jun 23, 2007
    10
    Best game in the whole world! I think they should make a movie on the first to games.
  4. Jun 17, 2021
    10
    A videogame that deserves a remasterization in all possible ways. Guaranteed entertainment, good OST, really fun gameplay, a nice story. ThisA videogame that deserves a remasterization in all possible ways. Guaranteed entertainment, good OST, really fun gameplay, a nice story. This game is memorable. Expand
  5. Jan 19, 2016
    10
    Banjo kazooie offers a lot of good things you can't get enought of this game!

    It even has many worlds to explore!

    10/10 get it!

    Just get it!!
  6. Dec 21, 2021
    9
    Banjo-Kazooie is one of the most colorful, vibrant, enjoyable games I've ever played. Each level is so much fun to explore, and the puzzlesBanjo-Kazooie is one of the most colorful, vibrant, enjoyable games I've ever played. Each level is so much fun to explore, and the puzzles are extremely satisfying to complete. But the music and sound design is what puts this platformer above the rest. Every song is so addictive that you'll be listening to it on repeat, and the sounds are incredibly unique and give the game so much of its tongue in cheek personality. Really, the only negatives to find in the game is that the controls and graphics of the N64 hardware have not aged that well. However, this is only a minor complaint and if you have a N64, this is a must buy for the console! Expand
  7. JaneassaM.
    Dec 23, 2002
    0
    This game is crap. I mean like come on, look at the moves he has. super mario is way better than this.

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#2 Most Discussed N64 Game of 1998
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#2 Most Shared N64 Game of 1998