Kameo Review

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Kameo was one of the 360 games I had no intentions of getting. It looked like a "kiddie" game and just didn't seem appealing. A friend suggested I give it a try though, so I downloaded the demo. (The ability to download demos is one of the XBOX 360's strongest selling points. It really gives you an idea of how a game will appeal to you without needing to shell out the money for a rental.) I was pleasantly surprised by the demo and added the full game to my wish list. When it came in, I started to play it, and my six year old simply loved it. It was a bit too hard for him to play (although he is going to give it a shot today), but he absolutely loved the game, and to be honest, I found myself enjoying it quite a bit as well.

I couldn't figure out why it appealed to me so much - and then I figured it out. In a lot of ways, the game is like Zelda. It is fantasy without taking itself too seriously. It is "cute" without being too cute. It really strikes a good balance that I think would appeal to both young and old gamers alike.

The basic premise of the game is that you character, an elf named Kameo, can turn into various Elemental beings. (My son can name them all as well as their core element.) Using the right Element at the right time is the main point of the game, as certain challenges will require you to use one Element and then quickly switch to another. Many times you will find yourself in a situation were you just start trying different things to figure out which Element, and which power, is needed to progress further.

The graphics are so-so. By that I don't mean they are bad at all, but they pale in comparison to games like Oblivion or Fight Night. I'd call it XBOX 1.5 level, not XBOX 360. But the animation style was perfect for the game - very bright and colorful and just a bit cartoony. The music was very nice. It had a very dramatic feel to it. (My son liked it so much I may need to get the soundtrack for him.)

In summary - this is a game I think many "serious" gamers may pass up, but it would be worth your time to at least grab the demo and give it a shot. I'd definitely recommend it for some good, lighthearted fun.

As a quick side note, I did encounter one bug in the game where I was "pushed" beneath the ground. I'm also seeing a few bugs/lockups in Oblivion. So far it's not ruining my experience. If anything, it reminds me of playing on a PC, but I wonder if this is just how things are going to be now on these higher end game systems.

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Archived Comments

Comment 1 by Raymond Camden posted on 4/15/2006 at 8:00 PM

If I post a comment to my own entry does it make me insane?

Anyway, I'm playing the soundtrack online for my son (www.kameosoundtrack.com). In the notes for the track, Ice Mountain Onslaught, the composer says this:

Designer "Can you come up with something big and icy"
Composer: "Sure, use this tune here, and I'll apply the 'Icy Filter' to it"

Freaking hilarious. I don't know why - but I don't imagine composer as having a sense of humour.

Comment 2 by djuggler posted on 4/15/2006 at 8:07 PM

I saw the ability to download 360 demos and thought that pretty slick. Nintendo has done a similar thing with the <a href="http://blog.siliconholler.c...">DS Download Station</a>.

Comment 3 by Brian Rinaldi posted on 4/16/2006 at 2:54 AM

Glad you finally got around to trying Kameo...told ya it wasn't kiddie. I beat it the other week and I now miss it :( I am not one to normally replay games much.

Comment 4 by Peter Tilbrook posted on 4/16/2006 at 6:03 AM

Good to see the wishlist title is being enjoyed - especially by your son! Make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!

Comment 5 by Raymond Camden posted on 4/16/2006 at 8:18 AM

Heh, we actually stayed up past midnight last night to finish it. The ending was great.

Comment 6 by [SteelValor] posted on 6/15/2006 at 6:36 PM

I just gamepassed Kameo and can say I'm sorry I hadn't played indepth earlier. A great game that will be added to my 2004 picks of the year.

Comment 7 by Raymond Camden posted on 6/15/2006 at 6:41 PM

My son finished the game and actually lost his entire save when he turned the xbox off during a save. But he loves the game so much he is playing it again.

Comment 8 by [SteelValor] posted on 7/10/2006 at 8:56 PM

So I've been watching how much time you're putting into Kameo ... I'm calling Dr. Phil!!1

lol jk ... or am I?

Comment 9 by Raymond Camden posted on 7/10/2006 at 9:01 PM

It is my son actually. He has finished the game twice now and is unlocking all the secrets.