Klonoa: Door to Phantomile PS1 review by Mike

Mike Matei / April 22nd, 2013



  • simonli2575

    April 22, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Oh cool, a new game review from Mike.

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  • François Chanaux

    April 22, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I only played the second game on PS2. A really good platformer, with nice graphics at the time.
    This video makes me want to play it again.

  • Carl

    April 22, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Thanks for the video Mike, hope you got some more game glitches on the way. Also you seem to be into playing and beating hard NES games, so if you can ever make a playthrough of really hard game like Super Mario Lost Levels I think that’d be awesome!

  • Carl

    April 22, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    lol and that last scene reminded me of the end of The Car, an obscure 70s horror movie.

  • April 22, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    well done mike. I have heard about this game, but not through the original ps1 version but from one of the sequels. my younger brother had one such sequel so that’s how I came to know about this game. from the graphics it kind of looks like the same art style as Sonic The Hedgehog. and the companion in the ring reminds me of the genie in the ring from Aladdin & His Wonderful Lamp which was one of many episodes of Fairy Tale Theater. man the last time I bought a ps1 game was Doom a few months ago.

    speaking of Doom, I was wondering if James has any interests in doing another video game memories video like what he did with Killer Instinct & Mortal Kombat but with Doom in honor of it’s 20th anniversary. man both Doom & the super nes Star Fox turn 20 this year. i’m almost 27 years old in a couple of months, and somehow I feel old. eh, anyways, very nicely done Mike. I may have to look into getting this game in the future if the price is cheap.

  • April 22, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    what would also be interesting if you and James did another Board James video but with the board game of Doom 3. I would love to see you guys do that episode in the future.

    I personally didnt grow up with the PS1, but I knew a lot of PS1 based games back then like Reloaded & Twisted Metal. I think the first PS1 game we ever had or at least my older brother had was Splinter Cell. it’s kind of cool that there are so many games that can be reviewed that exists for both the super nintendo and original playstation and I like it when you or someone on another online website can dig these undiscovered gems or long forgotten piles of trash from obscurity. I think in terms of Klonoa, sure it’s geared to children, but that doesnt mean that it’s 100% kid friendly in tone and mode or even in difficulty. I still believe in the age old theory that appearances can be deceiving. it’s similar to Teen Titans in some odd way. that was a show geared towards kids, but had some serious and grown up stories in both Raven & Terra’s arc that were dark and mature enough to break the barrier between kids and adults and that everyone can enjoy. same thing for this game.

    keep up the great reviews mike. and good luck with the avgn movie.

  • April 22, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Nice review, Mike. I totally agree with what you said about those early 3d era games from the PS1/N64/Saturn. It’s like, the hardware wasn’t really 100% there, so when you’re running around, there’s always a “fog” or some shit like that to cover up the fact that the draw distance in these games were fucking god awful. Not only that, but it also felt like every fucking game franchise got rehashed into a 3d title. Like fucking Frogger. Who the fuck needs a 3d Frogger game?!
    Don’t get me wrong, there were a few games that did the 3d transition well, but man, there are SO MANY games that didn’t, and you can definitely see how poorly they’ve aged.

  • kunedog

    April 23, 2013 at 12:37 am

    first video in a week or two I’ve been able to play past 2 minutes without it freezing

    • kunedog

      April 23, 2013 at 11:38 pm

      NM, since Monday night it appears to freeze like all the others.

  • Grizly

    April 23, 2013 at 1:34 am

    wow that game kix ass

  • Jareski

    April 23, 2013 at 1:43 am

    Mike! Do more! You make good vids! If you have time, that is! I can imagine you are all very busy.

  • April 23, 2013 at 4:08 am

    i had the demo of this game on a jampack demo disk i loved it, i’m really happy you reviewed this gem.

    • Exustio

      April 23, 2013 at 8:43 am

      I had that same disc. Frist place I had played it, awesome game.

  • likalaruku

    April 23, 2013 at 5:40 am

    Klonoa’s design is really common in Japan, so it’s got to be based off some mythological monster. There’s a Pokemon that looks a bit like him & a main character in the 5th or 6th season of Slayers.

  • likalaruku

    April 23, 2013 at 5:45 am

    Well…Alone in the Dark was 2.5D & it’s camera was all over the place.

    I’ve never forgotten him since the first time I saw him in a gamer magazine back in the 90s. It’s a very memorable name & design.

  • April 23, 2013 at 7:14 am

    nice review. Great to see ps1 titles. I never played Nintendo, so this is awesome.

  • Kevin Nijs

    April 23, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Nice review. What about Jersey Devil?

  • goes.2.eleven

    April 23, 2013 at 10:10 am

    This one looks pretty cool! I’ll have to hunt it down. Great review Mike!

  • April 23, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    My favourite game of all time is Paper Mario the thousand year door. It is terribly underrated and deserves more attention, I would appreciate it if you could review it.

  • ben doggett

    April 23, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    great game Reveiw Mike Matei as always btw that is such a great game such a nostalgic game always a classic

  • April 23, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    The game isn’t too difficult for kid as I remember finished it with my friend at 10 years old. It is a great game! You can buy it easily on PSN (ps3 or vita) for only 9.99! It’s a great deal considering the overall price on the internet for the original version (around 40$).

    Good luck all !

  • April 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Hey Mike, If you can manage to get your hands on a copy, I would really recommend you do a review of “Tomba 2: The Evil Swine Return”. This was easily one of my favorite PS1 games growing up. I know copies on Ebay can run a little pricy now, but if you have access to a copy, I would love to see your opinion of it.

    Thanks man! keep doing what you’re doing. I always love your’s and James’ videos!

  • pahero

    April 23, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    This game is my childhood.

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    April 23, 2013 at 7:15 pm


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  • Bobby1001

    April 23, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Awesome review Mike! This game looks cool.

  • Lanlost

    April 23, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    That was one of your greatest reviews Mike.

    I just have one question from watching. That area you were stuck on for 30 or so minutes. Could you not jump up to one side, hit the gem/button/whatever and then wait for it to cycle back to off again? If this was the case then you could hit it while already up on the platform, drop down, and IMMEDIATELY the two enemies would be ready for you to use to jump up to the other side.

  • diddlydoo

    April 24, 2013 at 1:38 am

    one of my top 10 games evar.thank you for making a vid of it

  • Thomas Mahouski

    April 24, 2013 at 2:55 am

    do toxic crusaders

  • hughjazz44

    April 24, 2013 at 3:47 am

    Reminds me of Mischief Makers for the N64. I’d like to see Mike do a review of that!!!

  • honkytonk

    April 24, 2013 at 4:10 am

    I’ve said it before and I say it again: I prefer your reviews of games you actually enjoy.
    I’ve never even heard of the game before, but it looks really fun and now I want to play it.
    To have a contrast to the usual AVGN videos and to see that there were many damn good games back in the “good old days” – a fact young viewers of AVGN might not even know – is really nice.
    Although the PS1 isn’t really that old…
    Anyway: are you trying to avoid reviewing games out of the AVGN era or is it just coincidence, that at least the last 2 games were PS1 games which AVGN usually doesn’t cover?

    Keep up the positive reviews, I always love to see new candidates to play and have fun with : )

  • Tengin

    April 24, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Great review, Mike! I’ve never played Klonoa before, but it really does look like a classic. The game reminds me a bit of Tomba and Tomba 2 for the ps1. If you have an opportunity, you should review those as they are my favorite platformers ever!

  • Thomas

    April 24, 2013 at 11:11 am

    reminds me a lot of Kirbys Crystal Shards.

  • Chris Alkire

    April 24, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    the name is not awful at all.

  • Chris Alkire

    April 24, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    none of the names are bad by the way. not a big deal and yet you mention it like 6 times. Anyway, I love this game, wish I still had it.

  • April 24, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Great review Mike. You should review Tecmo’s Deception next! That game was awesome. Also, there is nothing creepier than trying to revive Satan.

  • April 25, 2013 at 5:59 am

    I actually owned this game back in the PS1 days.. I had to say this one brings me back many memories, and it was one of the most entertaining games I had. I totally disagree with Mike in terms of difficulty, since I find this game easy to learn and to beat. He forgot to mention that if you want to complete 100% you can collect all crystals in each level, if you want an extra challenge after you beat the game. Highly recommend. The soundtrack in this game is over the top.

  • April 25, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Lol cool game, keep doing more videos like this Mike there really good.

  • ohsnaps1104

    April 26, 2013 at 3:59 am

    Great review. I would love to see you review “The Ooze”. It’s a Sega Genesis game developed by Sega. It features heavy metal music and crazy monsters.

  • nammm3

    April 26, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    not my kind of game but looks pretty cool based on the review

  • April 27, 2013 at 5:20 am

    do a review of Tomba 2 on ps1.
    great game!

  • Ben_from_G-town

    April 27, 2013 at 5:22 am

    Looks like a fun, good game, aside from the minor issues you mentioned. Klonoa is a cute, well-designed character, and it’s a shame these games didn’t get a bigger following. If I ever see it, I’ll have to check it out!

  • Blue Wizard

    April 28, 2013 at 1:52 am

    Hey Mike. You should do a Ducktales Remastered review when it hits PSN and XBL later this summer. 🙂

  • April 30, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I love Klonoa on gameboy A. There where two in my stash of games. I get a lot of my games from amazon.com by useing instagc.com/75448

  • rush86

    May 1, 2013 at 5:21 am

    i really love your reviews mike. And i find out about great games i never heard of. I went out and bought a few games you reviewed already. Keep these reviews coming

  • May 1, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Is this game made by the same guys that made Mischief Makers? It looks similar to it.

  • Retr0Hedgehog97

    May 5, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Awesome video Mike, I’m so glad that you’ve brought up this little gem of-a game…and it’s nice to see that more overlooked and under-rated PS1 games are receiving reviews.


  • Adam Foster

    May 8, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Since you liked Klonoa: Door to Phantomile, I have a recommendation for you. The game came out for the Nintendo 64, and is called Mischief Makers. It shares the same 2.5 perspective style. I would say it is more forgiving on the saving and lives system, but the collection of the golden gems can be next to near impossible.

    The thing about the gems is they must all be collected to see the full ending, so happy hunting and “Shake! Shake!”

  • July 3, 2013 at 1:54 am

    You know, every time I watch this and hear the word “Klonoa” I think of the word “Cloaca” lol.

  • nammm3

    March 21, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Cool looking game and yes, those names they had for the main characters are not catchy at allllll

  • Joshua Schreiner

    September 18, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    I bought this game on Mikes recommendation…wow it’s expensive. I managed to get a copy for around 60 usd, so not too bad.

  • December 23, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Just because you don’t like the name of a game doesn’t mean everybody feels the same way. I’m pretty sure the title is the last reason the game didn’t sale well.

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