Kaze and the Wild Masks Has a Story Trailer Full of Monsters and Curses

So That’s How Hogo Was Cursed…

When you think retro 90s-inspired platformer, you tend to think of bright colors, slick movement controls, and surreal fantasy worlds full of talking animals. You don’t often think of small, furry children being forced to watch their friends suffer–unless you played Klonoa: Door to Phantomile, in which case, we share your pain. Kaze and the Wild Masks looks like a Sonic game, but if the story trailer is anything to judge by, the game’s narrative will be taking a nod from Klonoa’s darker tone, particularly when it comes to bad things happening to the protagonist’s best friend. Observe.

In this new video, Kaze and her friend Hogo are shown entering a temple of some kind and discovering a magical ring… which promptly blasts Kaze off her feet and appears to devour Hogo’s soul. We knew this game was going to about freeing Hogo from a curse, but we didn’t know it was going to go quite that hard. Even the design of the ring–which Kaze wears on one of her ears in the game proper–is reminiscent of Huepow from Klonoa. Now we’re really hyped to help Kaze break the curse on the islands and get her friend back.

Game features will include:

  • Unleash the skills of the wild masks to get powers from the tiger, eagle, lizard and shark
  • Uncover the secrets of the Crystal Islands in 30+ levels with over 50 bonus levels
  • Relive your childhood memories of classic platformers with high quality frame by frame pixel art
  • Pave your way through a satisfyingly smooth, but challenging platformer
  • Refresh your ears with 25+ tracks inspired by the musical themes of the 16-bit era

Kaze and the Wild Masks key art

Kaze and the Wild Masks will be released digitally for PC, Google Stadia, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on March 26th, 2021. The physical release will follow on May 25th, 2021.

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