Being a Llama Isn’t So Bad

How typically do you re-play previous video games? Once you do re-play them, have they stood the take a look at of time? My first re-played sport of 2023 is Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove, which launched greater than twenty years in the past on a number of platforms (and which coincided with the movie of the identical title). My reminiscence of it was that it was a colourful journey with pleasant voice performing and a good higher soundtrack. Most significantly of all, it is nonetheless extraordinarily good enjoyable right now.

Here is my run down of the way it performs in 2023.

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For those who’re not aware of The Emperor’s New Groove, here is the essential abstract. Kuzco is a immodest and self-centered teenage emperor, who has totally no regret: he plans to kick the inhabitants of a peacefull village out with the intention to construct Kuzcotopia, a trip reort, for his birthday. After some unlucky occasions (which embody him firing his evil advisor Yzma), he finally ends up being became a llama, and by accident falls into Pacha’s cart. Pacha is the chief of the village he intends to demolish to construct his resort; the exact same peasant who he had obtained earlier within the palace, solely to throw out of the constructing.

The journey really begins when Pacha arrives at his village, unknowingly bringing emperor Kuzco alongside for the experience. Within the meantime, Yzma has assumed management of the empire. It is as much as Kuzco, Pacha, and mates to cease her.


The participant controls Kuzco, who can run, bounce, lunge, strike enemies, spit grapes, and carry some objects on his again. Sure, he is a llama and he can discuss, however he is additionally one of many funniest characters I’ve ever seen in a online game. He is one thing of a idiot who by no means takes issues too severely, and likes to make enjoyable of others. Come to think about it, he is the type of persona I might most likely hate in actual life. However as a online game protagonist, I can not assist however like him (it helps that the sport’s roughly 4 hours of playtime is crammed to the brim together with his quips and jokes, which are sometimes assured to evoke a chuckle…or perhaps a stomach snort).

Maybe it is no shock – given Kuzco’s outlandish persona – that the supporting solid aren’t almost as memorable; not even Pacha, Yzma, or her incompetent servant Kronk. A minimum of, not in terms of voice performing. Having stated that, these characters transfer, look, behave, and really feel genuine sufficient for me. Yzma is, as you’d count on, repeatedly attempting to kill Kuzco (whereas Pacha helps him make it to the palace alive), and Kronk, properly…I will not blame you if you’re unclear whose facet he is on. Regardless of this, I used to be pleasantly shocked by secondary characters like Chaca, Tipo, and Bucky, who really spherical out the solid fairly properly regardless of taking part in a comparatively small position all through the journey.

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The precise mechanics listed here are fairly simple: there’s numerous leaping, working, combating enemies, accumulating cash, taking part in mini-games, and fixing easy puzzles. There’s even just a little exploration and stealth thrown in for good measure.

The participant usually controls Kuzco freely, however in some circumstances, they’re going to management Kuzco and Pacha who’re tied to a log as they drift down a river or as they dive into Yzma’s secret laboratory aboard a curler coaster cart. Ranges like these are welcome additions that blend up the expertise to a point.

It might shock you to be taught that Kuzco would not spend all of his time as a llama. In reality, he’ll generally remodel into different animals like a frog, rabbit, or turtle. It is fairly cool, actually. As a turtle, Kuzco races towards Kronk; as a rabbit, he could make large vertical jumps; and as a frog, he can take huge leaps ahead. These new animal varieties are each enjoyable and difficult, and so they additionally have a tendency to vary the tempo of gameplay and introduce small variations to degree design.

Admittedly, this action-platformer system is not notably new (and wasn’t new even when the sport got here out). Nonetheless, the implementation right here is strong and polished. There’s simply sufficient variation to maintain you engaged all through the whole journey, too.

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Resemblance to the movie

Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove aligns fairly carefully with the movie usually. You may encounter quite a few locales featured within the film, like Pacha’s village, Kuzco’s palace, Yzma’s secret lab, the catacombs, and the town itself. Every part is rendered with nice consideration to element that makes an attempt (quite efficiently) to align with the aesthetic design of the movie. Every part – not simply the sport world itself – is made of gorgeous chunky polygons and a extremely saturated colour palette that radiates pure pleasure with out leaning on fancy visible results or cutting-edge graphics (that’s to say, there have been definitely extra technically-advanced video games of this period).

Except for the visuals, sound design and voice performing are usually fairly sturdy right here. However I might actually like to focus on the standard and number of the soundtrack. Curiously, this sport makes use of its personal distinctive soundtrack, with tracks composed and carried out completely for the sport (solely the principle menu theme is borrowed from the movie – particularly, the music “Good World”).

I feel the most important advantage of this sport is the best way it takes the story, characters, environments, and tone from the unique movie and interprets them right into a online game context. Video games primarily based on films have one thing of an odious repute (or no less than, they used to), and so, it is nice to see such a robust exception to the games-based-on-film curse.

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Closing ideas

Total, I had an ideal 4 hours with Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove. It made me really feel like a toddler once more because of its humor, the charisma of its characters, in addition to the gameplay and popping visible design. After I lastly reached the purpose the place I turned Kuzco again into human kind, and the credit sequence rolled previous, I knew I needed to write about my expertise.

For those who’ve seen the movie, you will definitely admire this sport all of the extra. However don’t be concerned if you have not; Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove is a really joyful journey that is value your time, particularly should you’re in search of a retro action-platformer that will not take up an excessive amount of of your spare time.

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