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Kameo: Elements Of Power was a launch title for the Xbox 360 originally developed by Rare initially as a Nintendo GameCube launch title (early plans for it to be a Nintendo 64 game were quickly scuttled), then transitioned to the Xbox and pushed further back and finally released for the Xbox 360. Kameo is a bizarre hybrid of Beat 'em Up and Zelda-style Action Adventure puzzler.The main premise is that Kameo, one of the princesses of the elves, receives the family's cherished transformation magic instead of her older sister Kalus. Kalus, infuriated that her younger and adopted sister got the powers and not her, frees the king of the trolls, Thorn from his imprisonment and kidnaps the rest of their family. Kameo attempts to rescue her family by storming the castle directly, but gets hit so hard she gets her powers knocked right out of her. This sends her on a quest to restore her powers, rescue her family, and defeat Thorn and Kalus.Kameo's Transformation magic lets her transform into 10 Elemental warriors of Fire, Water, Earth, Wood, and Ice. The warriors are:
Pummelweed: A boxing plant with the ability to burrow into the ground.
Rubble: A pile of sentient magnetic rocks.
Ash: A fire-breathing dragon.
Major Ruin: A cross between an armadillo and an elephant that curls up into a rolling, spike-covered ball.
Deep Blue: A humanoid octopus who can swim, create whirlpools, and shoot gasoline, torpedoes, and water.
Chilla: An icicle-tossing, wall-climbing yeti.
Flex: A sea-lily with super-stretching powers.
40 Below: An ice-man.
Snare: An acid-spitting venus flytrap.
Thermite: A fire-ant that pushes around a giant egg made of magma from which he shoots miniature thermonuclear explosions.
Curiously, the game seems to be a bit schizophrenic about its target audience. It is about an elvish fairy princess living in a rainbow-colored palace in the clouds, who engages in Lord of the Rings-style battles, and which tracks the carnage and bloodshed she creates in battle.
This game provides examples of:
And Your Reward Is Clothes: Alternate skins unlockable for Kameo and her transformations - many of which are quite creative (such as Ash as a Grffin, Rubble as a pile of skulls, or Pummelweed as Mumbo Jumbo).
Can't Argue with Elves: The elves used to be real assholes, wiping out the lizard-people, the Sargothans, and enslaving the Goblins, as well as exploiting the Trolls - they cleaned up their act, but it bites them in the ass, anyway.
Heroic Sacrifice: Kalus pulls one on Thorn after she has a change of heart during the final battle. She turns him back into stone by kissing him, which also does the same to her. Their fused statue then falls off of Thorn's Airship and into the sea.
Farron is a Mysterious Protector, but he's not Kameo's Dad in disguise - they just wear the same traditional armour. Solon sacrificed his life to turn Thorn to stone in the first place; the podcast series that accompanied the game clarifies this.
Our Elves Are Different: The elves have retractable fairy-style wings allowing them to fly. And the male elves are ridiculously buff, being 80% rippling forearms, almost gorilla-like in appearance.
Our Goblins Are Different: They are floating, fur-colored, fairy-like creatures covered in pastel colors with bunny ears who serve the elves.
Videogame Cruelty Potential: Kameo can kill Trolls in a LOT of differently gruesome ways. These include, among many others, eating them, spearing them and then ramming them into the ground (as in, into), drowning them inside you, knocking them into conveniently placed lava pits, etc. Also, one of the Warriors shoots napalm.
Videogame Cruelty Punishment: You can hit innocent bystanders. If you hit them enough though, they will retaliate, and it takes a bit off of your life.