November 19, 2008

Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts

Years ago when I was around the age of 16 I remember playing the first Banjo Kazooie on my good friends Nintendo 64. At that time I was only a casual gamer and was finding portions of the game quite difficult and frustrating. When we took a break to get some snacks and drinks, my friend’s little brother who was only 9 at the time picked up the controller and within 5 minutes beat the portion of the game we tried to beat for the past hour. Rare has continued the tradition of stumping adults and allowing younger minds to see things adults could not.

Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts is loaded with great visuals, excellent gameplay and a great gaming experience for the whole family. The story is great and revives the same humour in previous instalments of the game, however, for a younger gamer the amount of text to read in the game may discourage them from playing. However, this creates a great opportunity for parents to help encourage your child to read, while being involved in the gaming experience.

This time around Kazooie doesn’t have any special powers, but comes equipped with a magical wrench that opens a new feature that will excite a little engineer or mechanic in the making. The wrench grants Kazooie the ability to make custom vehicles for Banjo & Kazooie to complete their missions. You can build just about anything your imagination can inspire; with more than 100 parts to find and use to build your vehicles, the possibilities and combinations are near-unlimited. This aspect of the game is great to get your kids imaginations going while they build boats, airplanes, motorcycles, helicopters, race cars, trucks or whatever they desire. Don’t be worried if you’re not the best engineer there is because you have some pre-set vehicles at your disposal and you can purchase blueprints or receive some from your friends on Xbox Live.

If you love Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, I suggest you purchase Banjo Kazooie for Xbox Live Arcade. Rare, the developer of Banjo Kazooie, has introduced a new feature called Stop N’ Swop. This feature opens up extra content and features within Banjo Kazooie, as you accomplish feats in Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. Some of you may already have received a download card for the original Banjo Kazooie, so make sure you download the title immediately for some added fun.

The newest installment in the series is a great family title I am sure everyone will enjoy, but, keep in mind that Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts is rated Everyone 10+, for Comic Mischief and Cartoon Violence. The cartoon violence is similar to cartoons like Bugs Bunny & Tweety, Chaotic or Kung Fu Panda. If you allow your children to watch shows like this, then Banjo Kazooie should be fine to let them play as well. If this sounds like a great game for you and your family, pick it up today!

-Screenshots courtesy of Xbox Canada

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