What we wish we had known before starting the Klonoa Phantasy Reverie series

Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series is an excellent collection of two classic platform titles. While these aren’t terribly difficult, they can be quite a challenge for people looking to get all the relevant collectibles. It is thespecially true if you are looking for those delicate dream stones. Related: Best 2D games on PlayStation 1

But don’t worry, we’ve got all the tips and tricks you might need to start your Klonoa journey. We’ll put you on the path to finding all the Phantomilians, Momett Dolls, and Nagapoko eggs. Hell, we’ll even give you all the tips for mastering those sinister skateboarding sections of Lunatea’s Veil. With these tips, you can accomplish everything worth doing in the Klonoa Phantasy Reverie series.

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Thus, Klonoa games are delicious and airy adventures. That’s a fact. One thing they are not is particularly difficult or complex. Although we commend Namco for providing such complete tips, it really destroys the rhythm of the early stages. You can figure out most of these things without the game needing to pause every fifteen seconds. So, unless you really want to browse the tutorial boxes, we strongly recommend that you turn off tutorials in the options menu.

And heck, If you do encounter an obstacle, all this juicy information is always available in the pause screen at all times. So if you do hit an obstacle on the road, you can always check the well-organized tutorial information there. Also, as an aside, the pixel filter here is one of the best we’ve seen in a game. It really makes these polygons look chunky PS1. It’s worth taking a look at, at the very least.

A little perspective is key

Perspective is easily one of the main gimmicks in Klonoa games. That’s true for finding collectibles, of course, but it’s also true for secrets and bosses. If you’re struggling to damage a boss, chances are your thinking is too linear. Try circling them and see if there is any visible weakness when viewed from another angle. Boss arenas are one giant ring for a reason; they often take advantage of perspective.

Likewise, if you don’t know how to get to another area, see if you can approach things from another angle. Maybe you need to backtrack a bit to find a spot where you can knock down a pillar in the background? They love doing stuff like that in these Klonoa games!

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Mastery of the board

Your experience with the skateboard sections of Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil will largely depend on what you are looking for. If you chase Momett Dolls you’ll probably end up repeating them multiple times, if you chase all the Dream Stones you might have to replay them a dozen times. However, there is are some tips we can give you that will help you considerably.

Typically, very few of the collectibles you take off ramps require momentum. Thus, it often serves you to slow down as much as possible. Just hold back and reduce your speed so you can more easily line up your jumps. On the other hand, if enemies appear in front of you, chase them down and grab one. You’ll almost certainly need to get one of these to take a big leap and grab a collectible. Keep these two rules in mind, and you should have an easier go of these sections.

Locating collectibles the first time

The Klonoa games do a pretty good job of introducing the kind of cheats they’ll use to hide both the Phantomilians (or Momett Dolls, in Lunatea’s Veil) and the Nagapoko Eggs. However, as the game progresses, they become more devious with their hiding places. One thing to keep in mind is that if there’s a side road, they’ll probably give you a rundown of it. So if you see a few Dream Gems on a high platform and you reach the exit of an area, you need to go back.

Likewise, not all pits are death traps, however, if they are your route to another area, this will be apparent upon closer inspection. Beyond that, if there’s a lot going on in the background, be sure to look for those eggs. You never know when they’re going to get something stuck there in the clutter. And finally, be sure to look for Nagapoko’s hidden shadows on the floor. Keep these tips in mind and you should be able to get more collectables out of the way on your first pass.

All the pieces of the puzzle will be given to you

If you ever get stuck in a section and don’t know how to get to a certain platform, carefully consider the types of enemies and their placement. They are all handpicked to provide you with exactly what you need.

Feel free to experiment with enemies, as they will respawn as needed. The game will not prevent you from being able to progress through the majority of sections, so if you throw away a necessary enemy, they will absolutely return.

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Unique multiplayer functionality

So, Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series is not a game you want to sit down and play with a buddy. It’s not exactly a traditional “hardcore” co-op experience. The second player really only has one role: to give you a boosted giant jump.

However, if you have a child who is curious about games, you can either give him the opportunity to influence your game by allowing him to grant you this jump, or you can play the secondary role and perhaps help him out of some jams. On the other hand, if you are desperately alone, you can also use this feature to give yourself a fun tool to play with.

Obtain all 150 Dream Stones

If you are chasing these Dream Stones (the gems), the bane of your existence will likely be the need to test these stretches with the Mirror Spirits. The timing is extremely tight with these, so you won’t have time to hang around. For example, if the Mirror Spirit is hovering over a platform, you’ll need to jump into the spirit, kick it in the air, and land on your first Dream Stone. If you’re wrong, you’ll probably be Dream Stone shorts when you complete the stage.

This element is also present in all sections on rails, because there is no turning back. It’s quite brutal, as many of these rail sections require you to master quite slippery controls at all times in order to capture every last dream rock. In the end, if you don’t want to repeat the whole stage, you’re going to have to deliberately die to be able to respawn at the last checkpoint.

Don’t sweat so you don’t get the Dream Stones

We know we cater to a specific type of individual when it comes to collectibles, but keep one thing in mind. The 150 Dream Stone mark earns you next to nothing in Klonoa: Door to Phantomile, and it only serves to get you a single piece of art (per stage) in Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil.

Getting all 150 Dream Stones can be tricky in the first game, but with the considerably longer and more difficult stages in the second title, it’s really starting to feel like a feat for masochists. There’s not even a Dream Stones-related trophy! So if your pursuit of all the dream stones is causing you pain, you really don’t have to worry about it. This is just a feat for people who want an excuse to play these games all the way.


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