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PostSubject: Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts   Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts Icon_minitimeSat Oct 31, 2009 8:14 am

Plot synopsis
Set eight years after Banjo-Tooie, the game reintroduces Banjo and Kazooie by showing a retrospective video featuring Nintendo 64 clips of previous Banjo games with voice-over narration. The duo are eventually shown in Spiral Mountain, where they have grown immensely overweight after eight years of inactivity, eating pizza, playing video games and listening to the radio.[6] Banjo and Kazooie discover Gruntilda's detached head returning to Spiral Mountain. They are about to fight when they are stopped by a new character named Lord of Games. Also known as L.O.G., he attempts to settle the conflict between the two by devising a series of worlds and challenges. He uses his powers to give Gruntilda an artificial body and to restore the duo's physical fitness, but not their moves from previous games.

L.O.G. transports the other characters to Showdown Town, his headquarters, and starts the contest. The winner would be set to own Spiral Mountain; the loser must endure eternal hardship at L.O.G.'s video game factory. While Banjo and Kazooie seek to win by completing the challenges, Gruntilda uses her powers and abilities to try to stop the duo. An army of mechanical Gruntbots also assist the witch in her goal. The game ends with Gruntilda and Banjo attempting to face a final duel when L.O.G. once again comes in to stop them. After L.O.G. sends Gruntilda off to toil away at his video game factory, he rewards Banjo and Kazooie by restoring their moves and giving them the deeds to Spiral Mountain. Gruntilda vows that bringing her to the factory was a mistake and that she will make her own video game.

[edit] Gameplay
The game is much less of a third-person action and platform game than most of the previous entries in the series, as it primarily uses vehicles to transport Banjo and Kazooie around the levels. According to game director Gregg Mayles, about 20 percent of the game retains traditional platforming elements, which include ledge grabbing and tightrope walking, while the remaining 80 percent of Nuts & Bolts involves the use of vehicles.[7] There are, however, no conventional "moves" for Banjo and Kazooie to use, apart from attacks Kazooie performs with her wrench.

[edit] Vehicles
Vehicles play a prominent role in the game, replacing the moves and transformations from the other games. The vehicles can be built freely by the player from over 1,600 different components available, such as body panels, engines, wheels, wings, propellers, fuel and weapons. The physics engine allows the vehicles to behave in relation to how they are built, although the sense of weight is somewhat exaggerated. Mumbo's Motors is where vehicles can be constructed, painted, edited, saved, loaded or tested at the "Test-o-Track" area. Humba Wumba also sells vehicle parts and blueprints of preset vehicles that become available for sale whenever a certain Jiggy total is reached.

[edit] Items
The original teaser trailer showed several gameplay elements from the previous games that are included in the game, including music notes, honeycombs, and jigsaw puzzle pieces ("Jiggies"). The Jiggies are among several golden objects that are collected to progress in the Banjo-Kazooie games and are once again used in Nuts & Bolts. In an edition of Scribes, Rare said that "the player will determine the difficulty level by how they approach the Jiggy tasks", hinting at what the game would offer.[8] It was eventually revealed that the challenge level of the tasks depends on which vehicle is chosen. The Jiggies are obtained by completing these challenges rather than collected as in previous games. Musical notes can be collected in Banjo-Kazooie in large amounts to unlock note doors, and were used in "Banjo-Tooie" and "Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge" to unlock new moves for Banjo and Kazooie. For Nuts & Bolts the notes are used as currency to buy parts and blueprints for vehicles. These notes can be won as the basic prize for completing each game world challenge. They are also scattered throughout the worlds and are offered as a prize in challenges at Showdown Town. A new item, tentatively called "Mumbo's magic wrench" was also revealed. It plays a significant role, as it is used to build and move objects via a yellow beam fired from the device. It is also used by Kazooie as a primary weapon for on-foot gameplay, and to lift items through use of telekinesis. Honeycombs however cannot be collected to increase health and only appear as inert objects in a final challenge at Spiral Mountain. Health is represented by a singular honeycomb that gradually drains to reflect the character's condition and regenerates over time. If the honeycomb is completely emptied during a challenge game, the challenge is forfeited.

[edit] Abilities

Banjo and Kazooie walking a tightropeVarious abilities from Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie and Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge are unavailable in Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. This approach was first mentioned in the December 20 of Rare's Scribes column, which stated, "Banjo and Kazooie haven't got many of the abilities that they used in previous games".[8] The ability introduced in Banjo-Tooie to split up Banjo and Kazooie as separate playable characters is unavailable in Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. A previous Scribes mentioned that they "thought about using two different controllers" to account for the new abilities and all the old moves as well, but that a simpler system had been used for the game. It was eventually revealed that the approach involves using vehicles instead of the previous attack moves.

The in-game explanation is that the older abilities were forgotten by the duo; the cinematic sequences in the game show that Banjo and Kazooie lost most of their abilities when they became fat and lazy during their eight years of inactivity. The Lord of Games later states that the duo "won't be needing those" and would not let the pair remember them. They are given back in the ending sequence, but can't be used in the game.

The player can disembark from a vehicle and explore the environment in a manner similar to that of the previous games. On foot the duo can grab ledges, swim underwater and perform basic jumps. The wrench can also be used as a weapon outside of the vehicle. Banjo and Kazooie have limited attack power and speed on foot at first, but the duo can upgrade their speed, stamina and strength by visiting a local Gym that Boggy earned from Mr. Fit.

[edit] Multiplayer
The idea of multiplayer options was first discussed at the Rare Witch Project, where Mayles said that there would be multiplayer capability in the game unlike that found in Banjo-Tooie. It was later revealed that multiplayer would be purely vehicle-based and that players would be able to take their custom-built vehicles to Xbox Live to compete in online races and activities.[9] One of the game modes is a variant of King of the Hill called "Queen of The Knoll". Another is "Sumo", where two players have to knock each other out of the arena.[10]

[edit] Levels
[edit] New hub world
On December 31 Gregg Mayles said, when asked whether there would be a new hub world, "YES - You've seen Grunty's Lair and Isle o' Hags, now get ready for "Conflagration Violent" (work this out and you'll have the answer to one of richjonny's questions)".[11] richjohnny is a poster on the Rare Witch Project who posted nine questions to Mayles.[12] On May 13 it was announced by Rare that Showdown Town would be the new hub world for Nuts & Bolts. The "Conflagration Violent" comment made in Scribes is an anagram of "Confrontation Village", which is a synonym for Showdown Town. It is reportedly 16 times larger than any other single area that Rare has created. Showdown Town was designed by Steve Malpass.

The center of the town houses the Lord of Game's factory, which dispenses "game globes" whenever a certain Jiggy total is reached. Placing the globes onto special stands activates the game's levels. Each level features a set of "acts", which are accessed by specific act doors in Showdown Town. The doors are initially closed and marked by the number of Jiggies required to open them. This method is similar to the note door and Jiggy system in the original Banjo-Kazooie, as well as the Jiggy system in Banjo-Tooie; each act door requires more Jiggies than the last. Each Jiggy extracted from the levels appears in "Jig-o-Vend" collection units scattered around Showdown Town. The player must vend the Jiggies and physically carry them over to the central "Jiggy Bank" device to affect the total of Jiggies. The town's police force attempts to stop the player from putting the Jiggies in the bank. If the police are successful, the player has to vend those Jiggies again.[13]

[edit] New levels

Banjo in Nutty AcresTwo images were leaked on Sunday, May 11 showing Banjo piloting and driving two mechanical vehicles: a plane and a boat, respectively. They also show an artificially created level called Nutty Acres. A sign above Banjo's plane has a drawn picture of Mumbo with a coconut and a metal nut for eyes.[14] A castle-like structure, a cityscape, and a desert beach were also revealed among the set of screenshots. A "volcano with double entendres" and an area with "inflatable sheep and polystyrene buildings" had also been mentioned by Rare.[15] The game consists of 15 different challenges throughout each of the levels, including bonus challenges in Showdown Town for a total of approximately 150 missions. The game was to feature six worlds, but only five exist in the final version.[16] All of the levels are purposefully designed to look artificial and appear to be inside a dome. The walls of the dome change to match the theme of each level. The levels each have their own opening sequences, which parody classic TV shows and play out like opening credits.

[edit] Returning levels

Spiral Mountain shown in an introduction sequenceIt was reported early in development that some of old levels in the previous Banjo-Kazooie games would be remade in Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. Mayles also said "There will be some levels remade, but not the way you would expect them".

Spiral Mountain, as shown in the teaser trailer, was the first returning level revealed. It makes its fifth appearance in the Banjo-Kazooie series, including Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge and Banjo-Pilot. It is where the game begins, but is also the sixth and final world. In the teaser trailer, Spiral Mountain is more cartoon-like than the previous games, and has different things added, such as more hills and areas. In the December 20 edition of Scribes a reply stated that the music in Spiral Mountain would be upbeat, like that in Banjo-Kazooie. Although Gruntilda does not appear in the trailer, Gruntilda's Lair can be seen past a slight fog in the distance. The moat around Spiral Mountain seems to have disappeared. Also there is no bridge connecting from the mountain to Gruntilda's Lair. However, it is revealed in the trailer that Spiral Mountain is a flat image painted onto a wooden set. In the August 30 edition of Scribes, a reply stated that "We've just copied the old level from the previous games and tried to tart it up a bit with some lens flares and lots of blowing grass, hopefully you won't notice."[17]

That edition of Scribes announced that Mad Monster Mansion would return. They also announced the return of Clanker, Mr. Patch, Weldar and the snowman from Freezeezy Peak, which led to the belief that the original levels these characters inhabited would return in some form.[15] It was later revealed that some classic characters like Mr. Patch would be involved in new levels like Nutty Acres, while other characters and elements, such as the snowman, appear in a game world called BanjoLand that is an amalgamation of previous levels in the Banjo-Kazooie series. BanjoLand also features the Rusty Bucket ship of Rusty Bucket Bay.[18]

The development team has stated that in tradition with previous games in the series, Nuts & Bolts would end with a trivia quiz
In my opinion this is a good kiddy game but allows a new type of gameplay and has a good sound track and like the other 4 is funny
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