Banjo-Kazooie

Nintendo 64
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9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 431 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
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  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. Positive: 96 out of 103
  2. Negative: 4 out of 103
  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. JustinC.
    Sep 30, 2005
    10
    This game rocks. Thats it. You can't deny it.
  4. Apr 22, 2017
    10
    This is the best game on the N64. I love the platforming and the mechanics. The worlds are creative and the controls aged way better thanThis is the best game on the N64. I love the platforming and the mechanics. The worlds are creative and the controls aged way better than SM64. This...this...this game is AMAZING! Expand
  5. BobA.
    Mar 12, 2003
    10
    This game is awesome and is the most brilliant game i've ever played. Filled with puzzles and tons of stuff to collect. 9 completely This game is awesome and is the most brilliant game i've ever played. Filled with puzzles and tons of stuff to collect. 9 completely different worlds and different places in the castle to go to make this game the best i have ever played in my life. Expand
  6. Jul 14, 2018
    9
    Amazing Classic game by Rareware, Still gives fun. Still Levels are made very well. Just play it. Amazing Game.
  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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Awards & Rankings

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