Legend of Kay

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Legend of Kay
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Developer(s)Neon Studios (Original)
Kaiko (Anniversary)
Director(s)Jan Jöckel
Pete Walentin
Producer(s)Neil Soane (Original)
Thorsten Röpke (Anniversary)
Designer(s)Antony Christoulakis
Programmer(s)Peter Thierolf
Artist(s)Antony Christoulakis
Jonas D
Christian Wagner
Yu-Chung Chen (Original)
Daniel Amend
Stella Behrendt
Benjamin Sauer (Anniversary)
Writer(s)Noah Falstein
Kenneth Melville
Pete Walentin
Composer(s)Jake Kaufman
Platform(s)PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Microsoft Windows, OS X, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch
ReleasePlayStation 2
  • EU: March 4, 2005
  • NA: September 20, 2005
Nintendo DS
  • EU: May 28, 2010
  • NA: June 14, 2010
  • AU: August 26, 2010
OS X/PC/PS4/PS3/Wii U/360
  • WW: July 28, 2015
Nintendo Switch
  • WW: May 29, 2018
Genre(s)Action-adventure, platformer (PS2)
Stealth, platform (NDS)
Mode(s)Single player

Legend of Kay is a video game for the PlayStation 2 by German developer Neon Studios about a young warrior who tries to save his once-peaceful island from the gorillas and rats who have conquered it.

The game received positive reviews to the point a version of this game was developed for the Nintendo DS by Firehazard Studio. It was released on May 28, 2010 in Europe, in North America on June 14, and in Australia on August 26.[1][2]

Legend of Kay Anniversary, a version of the game with improved graphics and online leaderboards for players to compare scores, was released on PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and the Nintendo Wii U on July 28, 2015. It was later ported to the Nintendo Switch on May 29, 2018.[3][4][5]

There were also PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game released digitally in North America.


For many generations, the mystical land of Yenching had been inhabited by many animals, mainly cats, hares, frogs, and pandas. Because of a religious code called the Way, these four races had prospered throughout the ages in their own separate towns. But as the years passed, the younger generations began to defect from the Way. Ultimately, with no protective code to guide the races, Yenching was invaded by the Gorillas and the Rats (known as the Din), led by Gorilla Minister Shun and Tak, the Rat Alchemist. Minister Shun now rules the majority of Yenching with an iron fist, and is said to reside in the volcanic mountain of Waa-Lo.

The story now focuses around a figure named Kay. Kay is a hotheaded young cat, and the Master's finest martial arts student. Like many of the people of the races, Kay does not believe in the Way, and likes to focus on physical skills and strength. This is what makes his friend, Su Ling, leave his town in disgust, hoping to find another town that would share her belief in resurrecting the Way. One day, in Kay's martial arts school, Shun's gorillas and the mayor of Kay's town declare that they must shut down the school because new 'Din schools' must soon be erected in the town. Kay is outraged, and even more so when his Master simply agrees to the new terms. And so, making up his mind, Kay sneaks into his Master's house at night (the Master is drunk, and asleep) and steals the mystical blade the Master keeps. Kay then jumps out of the town walls, and makes his way into the wilderness.

Kay's exploits vary from traversing to the Haretree (the secret residence of all the hares of Yenching), befriending a dragon (and almost getting fried in the process), traveling through dangerous swamps in order to reach Frog City (the city of frogs, obviously), and riding on a dragon to get to the Forbidden City (the city of pandas, located on a plateau), all the while defeating hordes of rats, crocodiles, turtles, bears, ladybugs, and gorillas. There, in the Forbidden City, Kay finds his friend Su Ling, who is now a ringleader of the Avalanche, a group of pandas who are dedicated to the revival of the Way, and stopping Shun and the army of Din. After helping them out, the Avalanche begins its voyage to island of Waa-Lo, with Kay in tow. After an arduous voyage, Kay and the Avalanche begin to explore the caves of Waa-Lo, making their way to the center of the volcano. During the expedition, Kay finally catches up with Tak, the rat alchemist. After defeating him, Kay meets Shun in person. The two engage in a fierce duel, with Kay being the victor. Injured, Shun runs to the contraption he and Tak created. The fires of Waa-Lo power up the machine, and begin to fuse Shun and one of his bodyguards into a single, monstrous ape-like entity. With no choice left but to fight, Kay begins to do battle with the monster. As Kay strikes the final blow, Waa-Lo begins to erupt. Luckily, the Avalanche sends a rescue team, via a hot-air balloon.

As Kay, Su Ling, and the Avalanche (all back in the ship) stare across the horizon at the exploding volcano, the merchant (who the pandas have seemingly saved) tries to sell some souvenirs to Kay and Su Ling. With a grin, Kay pulls off the merchant's rice hat to reveal the Master himself. Kay jokes about finally having to master his abilities by outfoxing his master. Kay, Su Ling, and the Master all then begin to laugh, the ship returning for a free Yenching.


Aggregate scores
GameRankings(PS2) 76%[6]
(DS) 41%[7]
Metacritic(PS2) 72/100[8]
Review scores
Game Informer6.5/10[10]
OPM (US)3/5 stars[14]
X-Play4/5 stars[15]

The PlayStation 2 version of Legend of Kay received "average" reviews according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[8] However, the DS version received "unfavorable" reviews according to video game review aggregator GameRankings.[7]


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  4. ^ "Amazon.com: Legend of Kay Anniversary". Amazon. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  5. ^ "Legend of Kay on Nintendo Switch™ in May". THQ Nordic. 6 April 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Legend of Kay for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
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  8. ^ a b "Legend of Kay for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  9. ^ Edge staff (March 2005). "Legend of Kay". Edge (147): 92.
  10. ^ "Legend of Kay". Game Informer (150): 134. October 2005.
  11. ^ Mueller, Greg (September 19, 2005). "Legend of Kay Review (PS2)". GameSpot. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  12. ^ Knutson, Michael (October 5, 2005). "Legend of Kay - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on March 19, 2009. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  13. ^ Sulic, Ivan (September 21, 2005). "Legend of Kay (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  14. ^ "Legend of Kay". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 102. October 2005. Archived from the original on May 27, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  15. ^ "Legend of Kay Review". X-Play. November 10, 2005. Retrieved May 26, 2014.

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