The Banjo-Kazooie series has always had a tradition of sorts to challenge the player’s knowledge of the quest they have embarked on. Player’s are typically quizzed either during or just before the final battle with the evil witch Gruntilda Winkybunion. In fact, it is Gruntilda herself that does the quizzing!
Let’s take breakdown each quizzical challenge that awaits in the Banjo franchise…
Gruntilda has constructed a massive game board in the heat of her lair and Banjo and Kazooie must get past it before they have their final showdown with the evil bag. Each space on the board represented it’s own specific topic to test the player’s knowledge and skill; a Brentilda space, for instance, would yield questions based specifically on Grunth herself. Successfully progress to the end to rescue Tooty and prepare for the final battle; fail, and… well you fail.
Things here are quite similar to it’s predecessor yet quite different as well. Once again, just before the final showdown, a quiz awaits but this time in the form of a game show. Boney Gruntilda is the host and Banjo and Kazooie and her two sisters, Blobbelda and Mingella, are the contestants. Winning sends you on to fight Grunty once again while losing will drop a 1-ton anchor right in top of you!
The quizzing doesn’t stop there, though. Even during the final fight itself, Gruntilda will interrupt the fight with more test-your-wit questions and answering right or wrong will determine how easy or difficult the battle will be!
Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge
A ghost though she may be, Grunty still has plenty of questions up her sleeve. In this prequel to Banjo-Tooie, Grunty quizzes the player in-between each fight segment against Klungo. It’s dire to answer correctly as you will lose health every time you do not! The quizzing concludes once Klungo is defeated.
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
Technically, it’s not Gruntilda asking the questions here but rather the Lord of Games. Regardless, you must answer correctly otherwise the race against him will be much tougher than it should be. Per usual, a final showdown with ol’ Grunty follows after.
I think when I say that Banjo-Kazooie’s interactive game board was the best of the crop that everyone will generally agree. But hey, to each his own. Which is your favorite??