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Submitted by Jon Wilcox on March 7 2005 - 16:51

Aah yes, the Legend of Kay â?“ it was a game that when we were previewing it a couple of months away, we were very pleasantly surprised. Here was a game that had somehow managed to capture the essence of legendary developers Rare, and produce a game that enveloped the ideals that the makers of Banjo-Kazooie had in the golden age (we of course wait with great anticipation for Conkers on the Xbox.)

Visually pleasing with a storyline that is far from being original, Legend of Kay is essentially a coming-of-age story that follows a young cat who leaves his home village to defeat the invading rats and gorillas. Itâ??s all very colourful and over-saturated, with a definite lean in style towards feudal Japan/China with â??comic-stripsâ?? taking the place of animated cut-scenes to help push the narrative forward.

The gameplay and the graphics help to create a sense that this is a game aimed at the young end of the market especially with the Anakin Skywalker â??Yippee!â? voice acting for Kay, however with some mild swearing that quite frankly seems out of place, audibly itâ??s a game that may niggle and perhaps even embarrass older gamers. The sound of the game is rescued by the soundtrack, which has a very apt â??Far Easternâ? flavour that helps to draw you into the world of Yenching.

One of the gameâ??s shining lights is the camera system that enables you to focus on the action all of the time â?“ you wonâ??t be blindsided in this game by enemies creeping up on you, and coupled with the intuitive control system youâ??ll find that navigating Kay through the levels is fairly straightforward. The puzzles in the game have a good learning curve and there are plenty of pots and chests to full your inventory with (as well as shops)â?¦but can anyone explain the invincible gems that change colour to us please?

Overall Legend of Kay is an enjoyable game that may just be the calling card for publisher JoWood, and could put the company onto the publishing map.

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Overall Score: 8/10

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