Spooptober: Gruntilda

Okay, so I doubt anyone actually ever thought Gruntilda from Banjo-Kazooie was a scary character. Everything about her is kind of a joke, so I suppose she doesn’t quite keep with the theme we’ve got going on here. However, she does have at least one unsettling moment, and it’s what happens if Banjo and Kazooie…

Spooptober: Clanker

My Virtual Bastion cohorts and I have lots in common when it comes to gaming. A sweet spot we all share is a fondness for one of the best duos in 3D platforming: Banjo and Kazooie. Personally, the duo’s first outing, Banjo-Kazooie, was a formative game, one that helped me through a memorably awful stretch…

Silly Scoundrels: Gruntilda

The Duck’s second silly scoundrel is another creation of Rareware’s, the rhyming witch Gruntilda and nemesis to the beloved bear and bird duo, Banjo and Kazooie! In this post, I’ll be focusing on her antics in the two main Banjo-Kazooie titles on the N64.  (I barely remember the handheld title, Grunty’s Revenge, and…there’s definitely not…

Resonance: Galleon Galaxy

Being the spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie and sporting the talents of the very same composer, Grant Kirkhope, it’s no wonder the soundtrack of Yooka-Laylee is so darn nostalgic.  Yooka-Laylee proved that it’s possible to feel nostalgia for a game within seconds of starting it.  From the similar personalities of the game’s titular buddy duo to…

Spooptober: Mad Monster Mansion

When I sat down to think about spoopy stuff in games, Banjo-Kazooie immediately jumped to mind. Rare games all have that curious quality of being 100% percent cartoony but still maintaining the potential for actual scares. Those scares are almost never intentional though; the only one I can think of is the Kong Temple in…

Cheeky Charlatans: Laylee

If you’re a lifelong fan of Banjo-Kazooie like we all are here at Virtual Bastion, then odds are you’ll also be familiar with its spiritual successor, Yooka-Laylee.  The most important and most notable feature is the titular buddy duo, Yooka and Laylee, who serve as the replacements for Banjo and Kazooie, respectively.  While a chameleon…

Revisiting Yooka-Laylee Four Years Later

Years ago, I wrote a review for the original Yooka-Laylee, which I had played shortly after its release. Looking back, I’m surprised at how kind I was because…my true opinion of the game was a lot harsher than what was seen in that review. I think I felt bad complaining about the game too much…

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Renews My Hope in the Franchise

Back in 2017, I played and reviewed the original Yooka-Laylee game, the spiritual successor to the much-loved Banjo-Kazooie series, made by the very same people who brought us the famous bear and bird duo back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.  I had some mixed feelings about the game, and owing to the fact…

Listmas 2019: The Duck’s 6 Favorite Mini Games

For our final week of Listmas 2019, we decided to write about anything we felt like.  Ironically enough, the Duck usually doesn’t enjoy mini games.  In fact, I often resent it when a game makes me play them in order to progress or to obtain an item I need for 100%.  However, having recently enjoyed…

Listmas 2019: Jubilant Jiggies

When it comes to gaming, I think there’s nothing quite so satisfying as collecting things in good, old-fashioned platformer. I’m honestly not sure what it is about it. Maybe it’s the little celebrations the characters do every time they get the thing; maybe its that little burst of excitement from completing a goal, or maybe…