Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts XBox 360 Review - -

Gameplay 8.0
Graphics 8.0
Sound 7.0
Value 7.9
Distributor: Microsoft
Review Date:
November 2008
Andrew Bistak


Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts

Banjo Kazooie returns to the console world after a lengthy absence and thankfully developers Rare are behind this latest epic to hit the XBox 360 in Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts.


Ever since we saw our heroes, they have become quite out of shape from their absence of heroism and to compound the situation, they have also lost their powers.


Things go from bad to worse for our two former heroes as the Lord of the Games (LOG) has created a series of challenges for their arch nemesis Gruntilda and Banjo and Kazooie. Although the story is quite over the top and clichéd at times, it's classic arcade goodness which features action, adventure and a healthy dose of humour.



  • An adventure that starts with your imagination. If you can imagine it, you can build it in the Mumbo’s Motors easy-to-use workshop. Then put your creation to the test as you take on Grunty in your quest for Spiral Mountain. Unlike other games, where the player progressively picks up new skills or abilities at points pre-determined by the game’s creator, “Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts” puts the power of improving Banjo’s abilities into the hands of the players as they build vehicles that allow Banjo to progress through the game. Vehicle parts include a wide variety of body panels, engines, wheels, wings, propellers, fuel and weapons, plus many more weird and wonderful gadgets such as floaters, Mumbo Bombos and the versatile sticky ball, from which players can design and create anything from a simple object-carrying truck to a space-age flying saucer. Once you’ve designed your creation, give it the finishing touch by painting it and choosing a suitable name before Banjo jumps in and pilots it into action.

  • Customizable experience. With more than 100 contraption parts and unlimited combinations possible, no two players will have the same experience in “Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts.” By exploring the vast game worlds, discovering hidden secrets and solving puzzles to win rewards, players continually find more and more ways to customize and improve their contraptions, creating an unprecedented level of user-generated content for a 3-D platform adventure game.

  • Fun right out of the box. Don’t worry if you aren’t the world’s greatest inventor or want to skip the workshop and get straight to the action, because “Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts” comes with a fully loaded experience right out of the box. Pre-built vehicles are included so players can jump right in and get started, with many more contraptions available for purchase throughout the adventure using the in-game currency system of musical notes.

  • Engaging storyline and entertaining characters. Two of Rare’s most beloved characters have returned from retirement, making their debut on Xbox 360. To win the deed to their homeland and prevent the evil witch Gruntilda from developing it into tower blocks and malls, Banjo and his best friend Kazooie battle over land, sea and air against their longtime rival. Familiar faces such as Mumbo Jumbo, Bottles, Captain Blubber and the Jinjos are also back to lend a hand, along with an equally colorful cast of new friends and foes. Look out for Trophy Thomas, Piddles, Lord of the Games and Grunty’s mechanically menacing army of Gruntbots.

  • Enjoy alone or with friends. “Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts” offers complete single-player and multiplayer experiences. You can play through the adventure alone in the single-player campaign, or play with friends in competitive or cooperative challenges on your own or in teams.

  • Fun for everyone. Xbox 360 is the home to the best entertainment experiences for everyone. With “Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts,” Xbox 360 continues to build its impressive lineup of content that appeals to people of all ages and types.

When you start the game, you begin the city of Showdown Town which is a nexus to other worlds where you travel and win pieces of a jigsaw that can be used to unlock other doors to other worlds.


There are 100 jigsaw pieces to collect as well thousands of musical notes throughout the various worlds that you visit. With that said, the gaming environment is quite huge and is easily one of the largest gaming worlds in this genre.


Best of all, the worlds that you visit can be played again in order to beat your high scores or if you get stuck, you can always come back later. So what age group is Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts for? The answer is everyone, whether young gamers or older gamers, the developers have ensured to cover a wide variety of age groups, ensuring enjoyment for everyone.

Where this game stands out from previous games in the series is the powerful vehicle creation tool which allows to create your own vehicles which is extremely reminiscent of LEGO, hence the title "Nuts & Bolts".


As you progress, you have the option of upgrading your vehicles, whether larger engines for speed or other add-ons to assist with your missions. With hundreds of different pieces available, the possibilities are almost endless and you are only limited by your imagination. Thankfully the game contains a great tutorial to assist in this process and there are also pre-made cars available for the younger gamer or those wishing to speed through the game.

The game can be quite challenging at times with the vehicles and if you have created a "dud", you can just visit one of the shops to assist in fine tuning your vehicle to assist with completing the mission.


I love the "Robot Wars" type challenges where you must use your vehicle to force your opponent out of the ring which does make for some fun yet sometimes challenging gameplay.


The gameplay is not all about vehicles and is quite diverse as you explore these amazing gaming worlds as you hunt for parts, notes and jigsaw pieces. For old school gamers, the title does contain Klungo's Arcade which allows you to play old school platform games which is a great side quest to the main game.


The title also an interesting multiplayer mode that features some great party games and some interesting online modes to assist in the replay value of the title. Definitely a bonus for those with XBox Live!

Graphically, the game is quite impressive for an arcade title with vibrant colours and impressive textures that all go hand-in-hand with the characters and gaming world. The worlds are quite diverse that all have their own lighting and special effects as are some of the wondrous characters that you meet. The audio goes perfectly with the graphics and the gameplay with a myriad of sound effects and a decent soundtrack.

Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts is an interesting game from Rare that may not be the most original arcade game available on the system but does pay homage to the original characters and the world of modern arcade gaming. Good graphics, sturdy gameplay options and a great soundtrack, this is definitely for the younger gamer, however more mature gamers will still get a blast or a blast from the past out of this.


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