The Emperor’s New Groove and Childhood Games

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I had the The Emperor’s New Groove game when I was a kid on my PC. I do not remember when I got it but I guess it must have been around when the movie came out. It was my favorite game as a kid, but I gave it away when I got a little older. I was so happy that I was able to replay it on my Vita.

The game is all about collecting Kuzco idols so you can reach the end of the level. The game is split up into little worlds that are split up into levels so it is not an open world game. The story follows the movie where Kuzco is turned into a llama by Yzma and Pacha decided to help Kuzco be a human again.

First World: Village

The game starts off with a tutorial. It introduced how to play the game and what the game was going to be like. The game immediately shows that it is funny and likes to break the fourth wall.

The game’s humor comes from Kuzco’s sass because he is sarcastic to everything that the game does. He will even sass the tutorial. The fourth wall is broken in different ways such as characters will tell you that this is a game or tell you how to use the camera and then comment that they do not know what a camera is.

It also introduced recurring characters. An example was a kid on a llama bike. You had to break his bike so he would give you an idol to progress through the level. All of the game’s main boss fights were with Yzma since she is the main villain.

First Favorite World: Catacombs

This was my favorite area as a kid and still as an adult because some parts of this area are roller coaster levels. I loved them as a kid because I could ride a roller coaster on my computer.

The roller coaster levels are actually tricky as an adult. They tend to go very fast and requires quick reflexes. Sometimes the game will reverse the controls so I have to control a fast roller coaster while the controls are reversed.

I struggled with the areas that were not roller coaster levels in this world. They were challenging because they involved platforming that was precise. I did not lose all of my lives, but I did decide not to 100% levels just because of how hard the platforming was.

Second Favorite World: River

This entire area is just a water level. You control Kuzco and Pacha who are tied to a log. I loved this area as a kid because it was fun to go down waterfalls and imagine myself on a water ride.

My favorite section of this area was a level where I raced the bike kid except for this time he was on a floatie. The level was fast paced and it was fun trying to beat the kid in a race.

Final Thoughts

This game was fun as a kid and it is still fun to play today. I love the soundtrack in this game. There were a lot of songs that I would just pause and listen to before I continued playing. I would describe the music as jazz because of the quick piano and the horns.

I also loved the humor in this game. My favorite character and funny part in this game was a man called Condorman. He believed he could fly. He was part of a puzzle where you had to aim him at a button so he would fly into the button. If you missed he would hit the wall, get dizzy, and climb back up while flapping his fake wings. He would make me laugh so hard as a kid and I still found him funny now. Clearly my humor has really developed as I grew older!

The boss fights with Yzma are simple, but they are still fun. My favorite boss fight was in the River world where you had to defend yourself against exploding balloon animals.

What was one of your favorite childhood games and what was your favorite part about that game?

 

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