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Banjo-Kazooie (1998) 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 its 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 fairytale collecting adventure with quirky characters and a large 3D world to explore.

Our examiner, Andrea Walney, first checked Banjo-Kazooie 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 8 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Platform game with Collecting and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


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


This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

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


Banjo-Kazooie usually costs £9.99 to £19.99.


XBox Store Xbox One £9.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store Xbox X|S £19.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

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

Out Now: Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Platform (Collecting and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World

Developer: Rare Ltd (@RareLtd)

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