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Kaze and the Wild Masks – Review Thread

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Game Title: Kaze and the Wild Masks


  • Xbox Series X/S (Mar 26, 2021)
  • PlayStation 5 (Mar 26, 2021)
  • Nintendo Switch (Mar 26, 2021)
  • PC (Mar 26, 2021)
  • Google Stadia (Mar 26, 2021)
  • Xbox One (Mar 26, 2021)
  • PlayStation 4 (Mar 26, 2021)


Developers: PixelHive, PixelHive Studio

Publishers: Soedesco, Cool Small Games

Review Aggregator:

OpenCritic – 82 average – 86% recommended – 22 reviews

Critic Reviews

COGconnectedJaz Sagoo84 / 100

Kaze and the Wild Masks merges elements from great games of the 16-bit era in order to create a fascinating 2D platformer. Although its influences are clearly visible, these aspects have been developed with modern-day principles to alleviate some of the issues that plagued titles of that period. With an incredible pixel-based art style, euphonious soundtrack and perfect precision-based platforming, Kaze and the Wild Masks is a must for fans of the genre.

Critical HitDarryn Bonthuys8.5 / 10

It may wear its influences on its sleeve, but Kaze and the Wild Masks is still an effortlessly delightful romp with its tight gameplay, beautiful worlds, and enjoyable platforming action.

Cultured VulturesMegan Walton9 / 10

Kaze and the WIld Masks is almost the perfect 90s sidescroller throwback, and a perfect way to fulfill your 5 a day.

DestructoidChris Moyse8 / 10

Kaze and the Wild Masks is an unashamed blast from the past, for better or worse. PixelHive's love letter to 16-bit gaming surmounts budgetary and design shortcomings with a compelling challenge, luscious visuals, and an evocative soundtrack, all punctuated by a solid underdog spirit. Kaze's polished but formulaic gameplay will not be to everyone's taste, but for those who long for the halcyon days when the platformer was king, it's most definitely wabbit season.

Digitally DownloadedMatt Sainsbury3 / 5 stars

Either way, I’m settling on the score that I have because I can’t reward work that is this derivative. But despite the score I find this one an easy recommendation for certain players out there. Kaze is a genuinely well-made game and if you like Donkey Kong Country you’re going to like this one, if for no other reason than it’s something of a greatest hits of the best Donkey Kong Country levels. If we see a Kaze 2 (and I hope we will), and the developers show us a little of their own creative ideas in there, then we’ll be looking at some really high scores indeed.

FingerGunsToby Andersen8 / 10

Kaze and the Wild Masks bounces right into that 2D platforming void left by Rayman. It’s full of vibrant level design, challenging and varied gameplay, ambidextrous ears, and lovely pixelart that will satisfy even the most demanding players. There’s not a lot left to do after you’re done, but the experience is a good one. Perhaps we’ve found a new platforming mascot?

GameSpewKim Snaith8 / 10

For fans of classic 2D platformers, Kaze and the Wild Masks is up there with the best of them. Even at its most frustrating, the gorgeous artwork and excellent craftsmanship will keep you playing. It’s a shining example of what a great platformer should be, and just goes to show that the classics never go out of style.

GameblogThomas PillonFrench6 / 10

Kaze and the Wild Masks borrows every aspect of the Donkey Kong Country formula, and delivers a classic adventure, which sadly lacks surprises and identity. Despite beautiful environments and old-school collectibles, it is a game you already played for the most part.

GamingTrendElisha Deogracias90 / 100

Kaze and the Wild Masks is a near-perfect platformer with a lot of charm and entertaining gameplay. It’s just a rush of amazing platforming action chock-full of collectibles and challenge that will have you grinning ear-to-ear like you did in the 90s.

Hardcore GamerJeremy Peeples4.5 / 5

Kaze and the Wild Masks is a must-own platformer – especially for anyone craving a new Donkey Kong Country game.

Hobby ConsolasDaniel QuesadaSpanish84 / 100

A rock-solid platformer that shines in the graphics and gameplay department. Its main fault is that the game is too derivative.

Nintendo EnthusiastArthur Damian7 / 10

There is something here that can turn into a great series. If a sequel gets made for Kaze and the Wild Masks that leans more into its own ideas and tightens up its platforming, there isn't a doubt in my mind it can eventually become one of the greats.

Nintendo LifeStuart Gipp9 / 10

An absolute pleasure from start to finish, what Kaze and the Wild Masks lacks in originality it makes up for in the strength of its level design, responsive controls, kinetic move set and attractive visuals. Excellent, action-packed platforming through and through, with great gameplay variety and gimmicks that don't compromise on what the game is best at – challenging, fast-paced obstacle courses and deviously-hidden secret areas. Easiest sell? Kaze and the Wild Masks is to Donkey Kong Country what Freedom Planet was to Sonic the Hedgehog. Don't miss this one.

NintendoWorldReportJordan Loades8.5 / 10

undefined.When all is said and done and you've cleared the main story, which altogether should take you 8-10 hours depending on your skill level, online time trial leaderboards present another way to tackle each stage. With that and unearthing the game's secret levels, there's a lot of content to be found in Kaze and the Wild Masks. It's a wonderful homage to games I loved in the past and came at a perfect time in my life, helping me get used to my new surroundings. I won't soon be forgetting my time spent with Kaze. If you're in the market for a new 2D platformer, you can't go wrong with harvesting the fruits of PixelHive and Soedesco's labor, but maybe avoid the sinister-looking carrots.

PC InvasionAndrew Farrell8.5 / 10

While on the short side and not particularly original, Kaze and the Wild Masks is an exceptional 2D platformer filled with well designed, engaging levels and tight, responsive controls.

PSX BrasilIvan Nikolai Barkow CastilhoPortuguese – 90 / 100

Kaze and the Wild Masks is an excellent platform game that takes inspiration from the Donkey Kong Country's formula. It is highly recommended for any fan of the genre. The only criticisms are that the game is short and has an unbalanced difficulty curve.

PlayStation UniverseTimothy Nunes8.5 / 10

Kaze and The Wild Masks is an instant classic in the side-scrolling genre. It's a simple, well-executed formula that channels tons of different inspirations while still holding true to its own vision. The gameplay is top-notch and offers everything a fan could want, from beautiful sprite work to collecting shiny objects. Consider this a must-own among the other great side scrollers.

Push SquareJade Sayers7 / 10

Overall, this is a fast-paced, colourful, and nostalgic experience. It’s challenging while staying on the right side of frustrating, with a lot of fun to be had. Though you might not get much out of the story, you’ll still have fun clearing levels and beating time trials.

TrueGamingخالد العيسىArabic8 / 10

Kaze and the Wild Masks implements everything well. The variety is commendable and the challenges are intriguing and the level design is solid. It is an experience reminiscent of the classics of the genre.

Video ChumsA.J. Maciejewski8.6 / 10

2D platformers simply don't get much better than Kaze and the Wild Masks. Between its top-notch presentation and its tight and challenging gameplay, any genre fan would be a goof for not giving it a go.

Worth PlayingChris "Atom" DeAngelus8.5 / 10

If you enjoy 2D platformers, you will like Kaze and the Wild Masks. It probably won't become your new favorite, but it will scratch the platformer itch. It's charming, fun, and well designed. The worst thing I can say about it is that it feels too familiar at points. Kaze is a must-have for anyone who appreciates 2D platformers, and even if you're only mildly fond of them, you'll still have a great time with Kaze.

ZTGDKen McKown8.5 / 10

I cannot recommend this game enough. I loved Kaze and the Wild Masks, and hope it finds the audience it deserves so we might get more games from this team. It really ticked all the boxes I would expect from a game inspired by the mascot platformers I grew up with. It also helps that the game is coming to every platform imaginable. Do not hesitate if you love titles like Donkey Kong Country or even have the most minute nostalgia for that plethora of mascot platformers from the mid -to-late 90s. This game hits all those notes whileinjecting its own flavor to the cause.


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