The writing was on the wall for the mascot platform genre in the 2000s, with the hangers-on pulling increasingly desperate moves to stay afloat. Typically, this took the form of edgy, confrontational makeovers that turned the sunglasses-wearing animals with attitude into surly, dark alley emos. The less said about characters like Vexx, the better.
Kao the Kangaroo was introduced in 2000, in the midst of this chaos, and managed to win an audience the old-fashioned way. The smile never left his face and there was never a print ad showing him scowling next to a body-cast-wearing Crash Bandicoot knockoff in the hospital (although I’m too lazy to Google Kao, so one could exist). Point is, Kao’s games have stood the test of time better than most efforts from that era, and to prove it, they live today in the form of the Kao the Kangaroo Complete Kaollection.
Within the Kaollection, you get these games:
Kao the Kangaroo – Released: November 23rd 2000 on PC and SEGA Dreamcast
Kao the Kangaroo: Round 2 – Released: November 4th 2003 on PC, Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and Sony PlayStation 2
Kao the Kangaroo: Mystery of the Volcano – Released: December 2nd 2005 on PC
“It’s incredibly exciting to bring such an iconic platformer as Kao the Kangaroo back to life!” says Jordan Freeman, CEO of ZOOM Entertainment, the company that currently holds the rights to Kao. “Adults will now be able to re-live their adventures with Kao and embark on new journeys with their kids. These titles are truly for children of all ages. It’s an honor and a privilege to re-release them. Have fun!”
And there is more on the way: a new Kao game is in development for a 2022 release. You can get the The Kao the Kangaroo Complete Kaollection starting today on PC.
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