Kao the Kangaroo

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Kao the Kangaroo
Kao The Kangaroo.jpg
Developer(s)X-Ray Interactive
Publisher(s)Titus Interactive
Platform(s)Windows, Dreamcast, Game Boy Advance
ReleaseDreamcast
  • EU: December 8, 2000
  • NA: February 13, 2001
Windows
  • EU: December 8, 2000
  • NA: February 20, 2001
Game Boy Advance
  • NA: December 11, 2001
  • EU: December 14, 2001
Genre(s)Action-adventure
Mode(s)Single-player

Kao the Kangaroo (Polish: Kangurek Kao) an action-adventure video game released in 2000 by Tate Interactive. During development it was known as Denis the Kangaroo.[1]

Plot[edit]

Kao is a young kangaroo living with his family in the jungle when they are one day captured by a ruthless hunter and his goons. It's up to Kao to drive the invaders from his home and save his family.

The game is divided into 5 sections "worlds" each with a distinctive theme (winter, space, tropic etc.) however, the sequence of levels often makes little to no sense, for example, a battle with some kind of greek god (Zeus, probably) transitions into a level in outer space.

Release[edit]

The game was marketed worldwide by Titus Interactive, both for PC's and for Sega Dreamcast console. It scored a major success, exceeding 45,000 copies in Poland alone where it remained in the Top 10 for a considerable time.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
AggregatorScore
GameRankings(PC) 67%[2]
(DC) 62.89%[3]
(GBA) 54.96%[4]
Metacritic(DC) 63/100[5]
(PC) 60/100[6]
(GBA) 52/100[7]
Review scores
PublicationScore
AllGame(DC) 2.5/5 stars[8]
2/5 stars[9][10]
CVG(DC) 6/10[11]
(GBA) 5/10[12]
EGM6/10[13]
Game Informer7/10[14]
Game RevolutionD−[15]
GameSpot(PC) 7.4/10[16]
(DC) 7.1/10[17]
(GBA) 2.7/10[18]
GameZone7.5/10[19]
IGN(DC) 6.2/10[20]
(PC) 5.2/10[21]
(GBA) 5/10[22]
Nintendo Power4/5 stars[23]

Kao the Kangaroo has received average to mixed reviews. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 62.89% and 63 out of 100 for the Dreamcast version,[3][5] 67% and 60 out of 100 for the PC version,[2][6] and 54.96% and 53 out of 100 for the Game Boy Advance version.[4][7]

Sequels[edit]

The game was released for the Sega Dreamcast and Windows PCs on December 8th, 2000. A GBA game was released on December 11th, 2001, which is an entirely different game, despite having the same title. The game got a sequel called Kao the Kangaroo: Round 2, which was released for Xbox, GameCube, PS2, and Windows PCs on April 15th, 2005. About 5 months later, a second sequel called Kao Challengers was released on October 28th, 2005 only for the PSP. Later in 2005, a third sequel called Kao: Mystery of Volcano was released only for Windows PCs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://segaretro.org/Kao_the_Kangaroo
  2. ^ a b "KAO the Kangaroo for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  3. ^ a b "KAO the Kangaroo for Dreamcast". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  4. ^ a b "KAO the Kangaroo for Game Boy Advance". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  5. ^ a b "KAO the Kangaroo Critic Reviews for Dreamcast". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  6. ^ a b "KAO the Kangaroo for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  7. ^ a b "KAO the Kangaroo Critic Reviews for Game Boy Advance". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  8. ^ Thompson, Jon. "Kao the Kangaroo (DC) - Review". Allgame. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  9. ^ Deci, T.J. "Kao the Kangaroo (PC) - Overview". Allgame. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  10. ^ Frankle, Gavin. "Kao the Kangaroo (GBA) - Overview". Allgame. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  11. ^ Key, Steve (2001). "Dreamcast Review: Kao The Kangaroo". Computer and Video Games (Official Dreamcast Magazine UK). Archived from the original on 2007-06-24. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  12. ^ CVG Staff (2001-12-08). "GBA Review: Kao The Kangaroo". Computer and Video Games. Archived from the original on 2007-01-24. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  13. ^ "KAO the Kangaroo (DC)". Electronic Gaming Monthly. April 2001.
  14. ^ "Kao the Kangaroo (DC)". Game Informer (96). April 2001.
  15. ^ Liu, Johnny (February 2001). "Kao the Kangaroo Review (DC)". Game Revolution. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  16. ^ Walker, Trey (2001-03-09). "KAO the Kangaroo Review (PC)". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  17. ^ Provo, Frank (2001-02-27). "KAO the Kangaroo Review (DC)". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  18. ^ Provo, Frank (2002-01-31). "KAO the Kangaroo Review (GBA)". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  19. ^ Lafferty, Michael (2001-12-31). "KAO the Kangaroo Review on Game Boy Advance". GameZone. Archived from the original on 2004-09-01. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  20. ^ Chau, Anthony (2001-02-13). "Kao the Kangaroo (DC)". IGN. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  21. ^ Chau, Anthony (2001-03-08). "Kao the Kangaroo (PC)". IGN. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  22. ^ Harris, Craig (2002-01-30). "Kao the Kangaroo (GBA)". IGN. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  23. ^ "Kao the Kangaroo". Nintendo Power. 150: 148. November 2001.

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