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Banjo-Kazooie - Best adventure/platformer you will ever play
Member Name: Perogi
Advantages: classic platforming, perfect adventure elements
Disadvantages: Very difficult to complete
One morning while Banjo the honey bear is sleeping soundly Grunty, the fat ugly witch, swoops down from her lair and kidnapps Banjo's sister, Tooty! Kazooie the breegull quickly alerts Banjo and the strange duo run outside. From this point there are only crazy colorful adventures full of equally colorful and very well written characters including Bobbles the short sighted mole, Blubber the sea captain, and Mumbo the shamen. All the characters have unique personalities, speech impedaments, and quirks. All of them also play a vital role in the game from rewarding you with jiggies to transforming you into a pumpkin or even teleporting you! You encounter these creatures are you explore Grunty's massive lair witch acts as an overworld. There are 9 worlds for you to explore exluding Grunty's lair each with 10 jiggies, 100 notes. Jiggies are used to open new worlds and notes are used to break Grunty's musical spells so you can advance further through her lair.
As you progress through the game it becomes increasingly more difficult and just completing the game will take you a long time. It begins simple enough with basic puzzles and some new moves to find in the 9 worlds. But after a while you are presented with near impossible challanges of platforming, timing, and just plain skill. At its core Banjo-Kazooie is an adventure/platformer. It combines both elements of these genres perfectly. You will have to climb massive trees via hopping across skinny branchs! Your fighting skills will be tested during the bosses and finally versus the evil Gruntilda! But you will be tested in many other creative and usually just plain strange situations. Even after you complete the game there is still 26 extra health peices to collect, 900 notes to find, and 100 jiggies to earn. Not to mention the three official secrets which will make the game a good deal easier for you. But have no fear! Even if you get stuck on a jiggie for a while, have to backtrack often, or just get stumped by a puzzle, you won't get bored. Rare put too much detail into this game for you to ever be bored.
Summary: Rare's peak game, there isn't another one like it.