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Banjo-Kazooie Review by: kabenon007 - 10/10

Various Musical Instruments
Banjo Kazooie is a hard game to review. I sat down at my computer thinking to myself: I loved this game. It's the perfect game. I want to be playing it right now, not writing a review about it. I could really go for some cheesecake right now. I love this game. But this love is hard to put into words. Especially words that justify the perfect rating I give it. I guess I give this game a perfect rating because I cannot think of a single thing I dislike about the game, and therefore it must receive a perfect score. So I guess this is going to be a glowing review filled with fluffy bunnies and rainbows, so those of you looking for some angst in your review, look elsewhere. Go read a review on the new Modern Warfare games, people seem to hate those games.

Banjo Kazooie is a wonder to play from start to finish. I seriously believe I had a towel underneath me during the entirety of the game, because my mouth was hanging open and I was drooling everywhere. From the opening cutscene to the final battle, this game continually impresses. You are a shorts wearing bear, because every animal game star must wear clothes. Not only do you wear pants, but you have a backpack too! But inside that backpack is not school supplies, or travel necessities. You have a talking bird stashed in there. Don't ask, you'll never know. And the zaniness doesn't change throughout the game. Your sister has been kidnapped by a rhyming witch who wants to suck the beauty from your sister. Thus you and your backpack bound friend must rescue your sister from the evil witch by collecting jigsaw pieces scattered throughout the nine worlds.

Each world is an absolute wonder. From Treasure Trove Cove to Clankers Cavern, the levels are absolutely huge and full of interesting places to explore and characters to meet and challenges to overcome. Not only are the levels gigantic, but they are all varied in style, from beaches to mechanical caverns, to a haunted mansion, to the overworld, Spiral Mountain and Gruntilda's Lair. And they are absolutely gorgeous, with the graphic power of the N64 really coming out. The textures are not as flat as Super Mario 64, and the polygons aren't as sharply angled.

Ok, ok. I'm getting too excited about the level design... let's move on to something else. The gameplay! Yeah, that. So, you start off with a basic skill set and gradually increase the moves you can do by unlocking them in the game. But you don't just spend skill points you earn from leveling up. No no, you get them from exploration. And by that I mean exploring until you find a molehill. Because a mole is the one who teaches a bear with a backpacked bird how to fly. Yeah, I never said it made sense, ok? Regardless, because exploration is the main goal of this game, collecting the jigsaw pieces and musical notes necessary to move to the next area, finding these molehills just comes naturally, and you never feel like the game is saying "Now you must learn this move" even though that is exactly what they are saying. They hide it well. And the moves keep coming throughout the game, whether it is the ability to shoot eggs, fly, run exceedingly fast, they are all unique, so you'll never confuse one with the other, and all are useful. There isn't one that feels tacked on, or an after thought; each move is just as important as the rest. And then there's the transformations. THE TRANSFORMATIONS! A helper named Mumbo Jumbo, a shaman, will transform you into various things in exchange for tokens that look like him. Little prideful, Mumbo? You can transform into a wide variety of animals, though my favorite has to be the crocodile, because it is hilarious to see a green crocodile wearing bright yellow trunks. I mean seriously? Those colors do not match your scales. I'm just saying.

Whew, I'm working myself into a frenzy here. Better lay off the gameplay before I pull something. Let's move on to the sound, shall we? The sound is perfect. I must especially applaud the music, because the score is phenomenal. Each song for each world fits the setting perfectly. Because the worlds themselves, a desert, a haunted mansion, etc, are all so stylized, the music should follow suit, and it does. Each song is instantly recognizable as belonging to a particular world. Also, for those who bash the fact that the characters speak in Mumbo while you have to read the subtitles, it was a deliberate choice on the part of Rare, the developers, to allow the player more freedom in reading the characters. Also, how many times have people criticized games for terrible voice actors? That's because it's really hard to get right, and there are few games that do. So I think it worked just fine thank you very much!

Goodness, I'm getting rather into this, aren't I? Forgive me, let's let bygones be bygones and move on, shall we? Yes. On to the... I don't really know what to call it... the overall presentation? Sounds good enough. The game exists in a world all its own. The characters, the moves, the story, would not fit in any other world. It is perfectly crafted, and Rare never leaves it, never brings in story elements that don't fit, etc. The banter that goes on between the characters, especially Banjo and Kazooie, is fantastic. Always hilarious. In fact, the game is constantly hilarious. Whether its Gruntilda rhyming absolutely everything she says, or the crazy characters you meet in the worlds, this game had me laughing out loud, which is something not many games can do. Usually the humor feels forced. But this game, thanks to brilliant writing and an unabashedly absurd setting, takes the humor and seamlessly puts the game through its side-splitting paces.

And the ending deserves its own special paragraph, albeit a short one, because I can't spoil anything. Suffice to say, the ending was completely unexpected, yet somehow supremely fitting and satisfying. It takes the entire game, shows you everything you've accomplished up to the end point, and tests you about each aspect. I can't describe other than the perfect culmination to any game. It is everything you were waiting for from the beginning and then some extra.

That's it! I can't stand it anymore! All this talk about Banjo Kazooie makes me want to fire up the N64 and dive in! I can't keep my fingers typing this review anymore! MUST... PLAY... BANJO... KAZOO
  Graphics 9   Sound 10   Addictive 10   Depth 8   Story 10   Difficulty 8

Banjo-Kazooie Box Description:
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 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.

Banjo-Kazooie Description: Banjo-Kazooie's fairy tale back story is reminiscent of Snow White's. A gnarled, ugly witch named Gruntilda asks her magical cauldron who is the fairest of them all. Of course, the pot's answer doesn't please the hag-- he singles out Banjo's sister, Tooty. When Tooty turns up missing, Banjo and his birdie buddy Kazooie set out to find her. The worlds in Banjo-Kazooie are gigantic, and chock full of crazy items to collect. Musical Notes, Puzzle Pieces, Mumbo Tokens, and Jinjoes are just some of the swag that Banjo must stuff in his backpack to complete his adventure. While some of the necessary items are simply stashed off the beaten path, others will require puzzle solving skills to turn up.
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Banjo-Kazooie Cheats and Codes
Banjo-Kazooie Cheats, Codes and Tips:
Bottles Bonuses

After you complete the \\\\\\\'\\\\\\\'Puzzle Game\\\\\\\'\\\\\\\' code go to the castle in Treasure Trove Cove. Put in the following codes:
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BIGBOTTLESBONUS A combination of the other bottles
NOBONUS Cancels effects of codes.
BOTTLESBONUSFOUR Kazooie has big head & wings
BOTTLESBONUSTHREE Small head & Tall body
WISHYWASHYBANJO Turns Banjo into Washer

Banjo-Kazooie User Reviews
9.2    Graphics 8.9    Sound 9.3    Addictive 9.3    Story 8.2    Depth 8.8    Difficulty 6.6

9 - The world's favorite bear and bird - TheFadedWarrior
Ah, Banjo-Kazooie. A game from the peak of Mount Rareware, back when they were good. Almost every kid who had an N64 knows this...
  Graphics 10   Sound 10   Addictive 9   Story 4   Depth 9   Difficulty 7
      Review Rating: 5/5     Submitted: 01-09-15     Review Replies: 0     Reply to this Review

10 - Various Musical Instruments - kabenon007
Banjo Kazooie is a hard game to review. I sat down at my computer thinking to myself: I loved this game. It's the perfect game. ...
  Graphics 9   Sound 10   Addictive 10   Story 10   Depth 8   Difficulty 8
      Review Rating: 4.8/5     Submitted: 08-08-12     Review Replies: 1     Reply to this Review

9.5 - This game is a bear essential - Nezumi
When you start this game up for the first time, you will automatically know that THIS GAME IS GONNA ROCK. Never have I seen such...
  Graphics 9   Sound 10   Addictive 9   Story 9   Depth 10   Difficulty 5
      Review Rating: 4.6/5     Submitted: 04-18-11     Review Replies: 3     Reply to this Review

10 - Banjo Kazooie Jiggy Review - Fireproof
There is nothing less than high praises for the bear and bird in this epic adventure game. Similar to the Super Mario 64 game, B...
      Review Rating: 4.6/5     Submitted: 06-19-13     Updated: 07-07-13     Review Replies: 1     Reply to this Review

10 - Find those Jiggies! - MoblinGardens
I used to have an addiction to this game when I played it on my Nintendo 64 when I was little.  This game just blew my mind...
  Graphics 9   Sound 10   Addictive 10   Story 9   Depth 10   Difficulty 8
      Review Rating: 4.5/5     Submitted: 03-27-13     Review Replies: 2     Reply to this Review

9.3 - banjo kazooie review - austipokedude
This a great children game its fun and is sometimes funny.The graphics are wonderful the music is great indeed this game is awes...
  Graphics 9   Sound 10   Addictive 10   Story 9   Depth 9   Difficulty 5
      Review Rating: 3/5     Submitted: 07-14-12     Review Replies: 3     Reply to this Review

10 - Kazooie-Banjo - Whetsit Tuya
[Banjo-Kazooie] The game about a bear and bird, play this one, avoid the third!   [Past Experience] My mother's friend woul...
  Graphics 10   Sound 10   Addictive 10   Story 10   Depth 10   Difficulty 5
      Review Rating: 3/5     Submitted: 08-19-14     Review Replies: 9     Reply to this Review

10 - The Bear and Bird's Maiden Voyage!! - Nidilap
Many games have been branded as a "collectathon", turning people off this game. This is probably the only series in Nintendo his...
  Graphics 9   Sound 9   Addictive 10   Story 10   Depth 10   Difficulty 8
      Review Rating: 3/5     Submitted: 03-01-14     Review Replies: 1     Reply to this Review

9.4 - Banjo and Kazooie - tornadocam
Today I am going to be reviewing a very popular video game. Today's game is Banjo Kazooie. I will be reviewing and critiquing th...
  Graphics 10   Sound 10   Addictive 9   Story 10   Depth 9   Difficulty 9
      Review Rating: 3/5     Submitted: 02-27-14     Updated: 02-27-14     Review Replies: 2     Reply to this Review

8 - Banjo-Kazooie Review, by Gary the Gamer - Gary the Gamer
Ah, Banjo-Kazooie, one of many amazing titles developed and released by Rare(ware) on Nintendo consoles before they slipped into...
  Graphics 10   Sound 9   Addictive 6   Story 8   Depth 8   Difficulty 6
      Review Rating: 3/5     Submitted: 02-21-14     Review Replies: 4     Reply to this Review

9 - A bear and a bird, is it a good mix? - DoubleD1997
Banjo Kazzoie is a game developed by Rare. It is the first game of the series and is where it started it all, but is this game r...
  Graphics 9   Sound 10   Addictive 9   Story 8   Depth 7   Difficulty 5
      Review Rating: 3/5     Submitted: 01-21-14     Review Replies: 5     Reply to this Review

9.7 - Banjo Kazzoie Review! - JackPlays14
Banjo-Kazooie Review!  Okay, I will do this review Completionist-style, by going one by one!  Banjo Kazooie seems as ...
  Graphics 10   Sound 10   Addictive 10   Story 9   Depth 10   Difficulty 7
      Review Rating: 3/5     Submitted: 07-30-13     Review Replies: 3     Reply to this Review

9.3 - One of the best adventure games on the N64 next to Ocarina of time and Super Mario 64! - RedHotToddy
Ah, guys If you remember correctly, the last game I ever reviewed from Rare entertainment was Conker's bad fur day, this was a p...
  Graphics 8   Sound 7   Addictive 8   Story 7   Depth 9   Difficulty 7
      Review Rating: 3/5     Submitted: 07-22-13     Review Replies: 0     Reply to this Review

9.3 - Banjo Kazooie Review - Pokegeek
Banjo Kazooie-one of 3 games I owned on the N64. I didn't like this game very much as a kid, mainly because of its far-fetched a...
  Graphics 10   Sound 10   Addictive 10   Story 8   Depth 9   Difficulty 9
      Review Rating: 2.5/5     Submitted: 07-25-13     Review Replies: 1     Reply to this Review

9.6 - The fat bear and bird - linkspikachu1
Banjo-Kazooie is a fun game that everyone should play. The game difficulty is not to hard and not to easy. Its story is about a ...
  Graphics 7   Sound 10   Addictive 10   Story 10   Depth 8   Difficulty 5
      Review Rating: 2.3/5     Submitted: 04-22-13     Review Replies: 1     Reply to this Review

10 - review - owenhbk
This has been my favourite game since I was a kid it was always really fun to play but it does get very irritating when you die ...
  Graphics 10   Sound 9   Addictive 9   Story 9   Depth 7   Difficulty 6
      Review Rating: 2/5     Submitted: 01-14-12     Review Replies: 2     Reply to this Review

10 - Banjo kazooie simple review - reese4222
in the game Banjo Kazooie,you play as a bear and bird named Banjo and Kazooie Banjo being the bear,kazooie being the bird,and yo...
  Graphics 3   Sound 5   Addictive 10   Story 1   Depth 8   Difficulty 5
      Review Rating: 1.5/5     Submitted: 11-25-14     Review Replies: 3     Reply to this Review

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Banjo-Kazooie User Comments
rickyroo01 05-04-15 - 05:33 PM
 yooka-laylee is coming along nicely.
thing1 04-17-15 - 11:26 PM
 could never get passed the 3rd picture...
CrimsonTHRAK 09-30-14 - 07:23 PM
 When Rareware was good. *sigh* I miss the old days.
StarryNightMary 03-10-14 - 11:30 PM
 Just to think that I spent nearly two days in front of this game and then it f4ed me back a whole day. I was about to go on the gameshow and finish the game. I feel so dissatisfied. I hope the same thing doesn't happen with Tootie.
StarryNightMary 03-10-14 - 11:28 PM
 I used to play this every single day over and over again when I was little. There are some major glitches with the save f2 button on this game. Also, the game sometime freezes.
Jose Ricardo Do.. 02-10-14 - 05:54 PM
 this is fun
Mecha Leo 11-03-13 - 12:42 PM
 where do you go after treasure cove? i'm stuck in the area of gruntildas castle
NoahKamen199 06-30-13 - 08:05 PM
 like all the other characters
NoahKamen199 06-30-13 - 08:04 PM
 no yoshirulesz!, he talks in DKR so in this game, rare made him "talk" with subtitles and sounds
yoshirulez! 04-12-13 - 09:15 PM
 banjo lost his ability to speak???
iponderon 03-05-13 - 06:20 AM
coakorpepsi12 01-24-13 - 01:08 PM
 Why Are people Putting Mario kart 64 for Banjo Kazooie?
kingofbadgames 12-22-12 - 04:07 PM
 next time on game grumps will beat this game,i dont know not realy
darkangel8xt 10-27-12 - 09:56 PM
 Can you save on this game?
randommz 07-08-12 - 02:18 PM
 this got bouring
PokemonMan1993 06-30-12 - 04:19 PM
 whats up
nobatu77 06-30-12 - 04:18 PM
PokemonMan1993 06-30-12 - 03:16 PM
 no what?
heidi_is_ausome 06-30-12 - 01:46 PM
 NOOOO!!!! :(
PokemonMan1993 06-29-12 - 09:03 PM
 gamepad helps a lot
PokemonMan1993 06-29-12 - 05:08 PM
 double click the screen and setup your own controls
heidi_is_ausome 06-29-12 - 10:31 AM
 anyoe alive??
pengdude64 06-29-12 - 12:12 AM
 i have gamepad
brentsmommy08 06-28-12 - 11:47 PM
 how do you shhot eggs
brentsmommy08 06-28-12 - 10:41 PM
 what are the countrols for this game its confusing me

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