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Kao Kangaroo Round 2 

Preview for Xbox


- William Usher, " Cyguration ", Senior Staff Writer
Monday, February 27, 2006 


Title:
Kao Kangaroo Round 2

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System:
Xbox
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Genre:
Adventure
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Publisher:
Atari
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Developer:
Tate Interactive
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Release:
March, 2006
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Online:
No
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ESRB:
Rating Pending (RP)
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Kao Kangaroo Round 2 Screenshot Gallery

Kao Kangaroo Round 2 Screenshot Gallery

Kao Kangaroo Round 2 Screenshot Gallery

Surprisingly the original Kao the Kangaroo faired well enough with an audience to make a return for some more action-packed platforming in Kao the Kangaroo Round 2. The original was a mediocre concept that was big on its gameplay ethics. It had fun filled stages, colorful characters, and beautiful stage designs. The game didn’t break much ground in the platform genre the way Mario 64 or Tomb Raider did. However, fun and adventure ruled out over its basic concept and Kao the Kangaroo became popular enough to warrant a sequel, with Atari now backing it.

Back for more action in Round 2

Kao returns in Round 2 as the animal-saving hero out to stop an evil hunter and his henchmen. The game will span across a variety of challenging environments and play-areas that look strikingly similar to something out of earlier Crash Bandicoot games. Nevertheless, Kao will venture across grassy jungles, snowy hilltops, sandy beaches, and even lava filled caves. Players will venture through each of these stages with more than 30 different baddies to battle, including: Giant bears, vicious plants, and the villainous hunters out to capture Kao and his friends.

Players will also be in control of the kangaroo’s different forms of putting down his enemies and fending him with various fighting tactics. The friendly but feisty kangaroo will use multiple attacks and various methods of battling his foes. Some of the attacks include pummeling his opponents with quick-fists, executing jumping uppercuts, smacking opponents around with a tail attack, or unleashing a flurry of combos.

The graphics have undergone some improvements. They are notably crisp with a rich color scheme and well rendered models. It’s no Doom 3, though. The stages in particular have seen some eye-pleasing textures and improved architectural designs. Each level is also filled with a cast of characters that inhabit cartoon-like qualities that will be a sure hit for the younger audience.

Boat racing, snowboarding, and anteaters

Along with the platforming and fast-paced boxing antics, Kao will have a variety of opportunities to show off his racing skills. Players will take the kangaroo hero through linear-racing stages that include catching big-air with downhill snowboarding, riding on various animals to get from one place to the next, or outdoing opponents in a winding, twisting course through a river using speedboats. Players will have multiple racing challenges to take on alongside the platform action.

Tate Interactive’s Kao the Kangaroo Round 2 will see its release on store shelves this coming March, for the Playstation 2, Xbox, Gamecube and PSP at a reasonable $19.95.




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