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Banjo-Kazooie (Series) Review
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Posted: 4 months ago, last updated 6 weeks ago.

Author: Andrea Walney, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Banjo-Kazooie is a running, jumping and exploration game. You play as Banjo the Bear who carries his friend Kazooie the bird in his backpack. Collect items as you go to unlock special skills and open up doors. Regarded now as a classic of it's genre, this stood out at the time for the use of dual characters and a swapping mechanic.

Play generally involves jumping from platform to platform collecting honeycombs, musical notes, feathers, jigsaw pieces and others. Some of the pieces you require are hidden within simple puzzles such as activating buttons in sequence or breaking open hidden areas. You can swap between Banjo and Kazooie, as each have different skills that you will need to complete the levels, such as crate busting or flying.

In the first game, Banjo's sister Tooty has been kidnapped by Grunthilda the witch. Save Tooty and other kidnap victims by climbing up mountains to the witch's lair.

The game was originally only launched for Nintendo64 but has since appeared on other platforms. You can play the game for free with Nintendo Switch Online. The series includes:
  • Banjo-Kazooie (1998) N64, Xbox360, Nintendo Switch
  • Banjo-Tooie (2000) N64, Xbox360
  • Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts (2008) Xbox360
  • Rare Replay (a compilation of Rare games includes all 3 of the games listed above) (2015) Xbox One
  • Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge (2003) Gameboy Advance
  • Banjo-Pilot (2005) A kart racing game Gameboy Advance

Considered classics of their time, they offer a fun fairy tale collecting adventure with quirky characters and a large 3D world to explore.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 29/06/1998, updated in 2022

Platforms: Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Rare Ltd (@RareLtd)

Players: 1



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Play Time: This game will take between 16 hours and 27 hours to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3. Some violence in a comical context (typically Bugs Bunny or Tom & Jerry cartoon-like forms of violence) is acceptable. The child should not be able to associate the character on the screen with real life characters, they should be totally fantasy. The game should not contain any sounds or pictures that are likely to scare or frighten young children. No bad language should be heard.

Skill Rating

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.


Banjo-Kazooie: N n B



Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Banjo-Kazooie Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@RareLtd) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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