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Kao the Kangaroo (Windows)

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A kangaroo named Kao was playing with his friends in his native Australia, when suddenly evil hunters appeared, put him in a cage, and took him away. They didn't know that Kao was quite proficient in the art of boxing, so freeing himself from the trap wasn't particularly hard. However, Kao finds himself far away from home, and must fight and hop his way back.

Kao the Kangaroo is a 3D platform action game. The gameplay adheres to the jump-and-run style, Kao having to rapidly traverse levels full of traps and enemies. His basic attack is a simple punch; he can also side-step and swing his tail at the enemies. Power-ups scattered through the stages include coins, a certain amount of which will increase Kao's life points; hearts to replenish his health; boxing gloves, which act as homing projectile attacks; and turbo boosts, which make Kao move faster.

Though most levels in the game have Kao running, jumping, and fighting enemies, some are similar to extreme sport challenges. These include snowboarding, jet skiing, pod racing, and other activities.


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Alternate Titles

  • "Kao le kangourou" -- French title
  • "Kangurek Kao" -- Polish title

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The Press Says Dec 19, 2000 80 out of 100 80
GameSpot Mar 09, 2001 7.4 out of 10 74
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Jan, 2001 72 out of 100 72 Jan 02, 2001 14 out of 20 70
Power Unlimited Feb, 2001 6.9 out of 10 69
Gamekult Dec 16, 2000 6 out of 10 60
IGN Mar 08, 2001 5.2 out of 10 52
Computer Games Magazine Mar 31, 2001 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
PC Games (Germany) Feb, 2001 49 out of 100 49
GameStar (Germany) Feb, 2001 49 out of 100 49


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Cultural inspiration

Although the IGN reviewer didn't understand why a kangaroo would wear a pair of boxing gloves (check the site for details), the boxing glove kangaroo is a very important symbol in Australia, even more important than the national flag. It's used mainly at international sporting events (have a look at the many tapes of the Sydney Olympics and you'll see plenty of them)
Kartanym (10770) added Kao the Kangaroo (Windows) on Mar 24, 2001
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