''Kameo: Elements Of Power'' was a launch title for the UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}}, originally developed by Creator/{{Rare}} initially as a UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo GameCube}} launch title (early plans for it to be a UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 64}} game were quickly scuttled), then transitioned to the UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}} and pushed further back and ''[[DevelopmentHell finally]]'' released for the Xbox 360. Kameo is a bizarre hybrid of BeatEmUp and ''[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]]''-style ActionAdventure 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:
* Pummel Weed: 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 is likely a result of its long development cycle and the fact that it was shuffled from one system to another on multiple occasions, which in turn led to the game's development going off in different directions at different points in time.

!!This game provides examples of:
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: 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 Pummel Weed as [[VideoGame/BanjoKazooie Mumbo Jumbo]].
* AttackItsWeakPoint:
** Both Lord Drok and Corralis play with this; Lord Drok's weak spot simply paralyses him briefly, coaxing Magmites out of hiding to be used to damage him, while Corallis's tentacle orbs can only be targeted underwater. Queen Thyra plays this very straight however; the player needs to systematically remove her eyes and kill them separately to render her blind.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Thorn and Kalus.
* BrokenBridge
* BulletTime: Only activated after a good combo.
* CainAndAbel: Kalus and Kameo, respectively.
* CantArgueWithElves: 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.
* DualBoss: Thorn and Kalus; the latter of whom shows up to revive him after you deplete his health. You have to knock Kalus out quickly to prevent this and end the fight.
* ElectricJellyfish: The Water Temple boss, Corralis.
* ElementalPowers: Duh. TO wit, there's five in total; Rock, Forest, Ice, Water, and Fire.
* ElementalShapeshifter: Kameo and her (adopted) lineage.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: During the battle at the Fire Shrine, Kameo can steal a raptor from the trolls, which unfortunately is the only time the player will get to ride it.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Slightly subverted in that one is evil, and the kingdom is being ruled by a queen.
* ExpositionFairy: Orthos.
* EyeCandy: Almost all of the game; the Enchanted Kingdom in particular.
* FeedItABomb: Variation, you shoot bits of your spiked rock-body into the mouth of Old Mawood to kill him.
* GenderBender: All of the transformations are male, Kameo is a girl.
* GottaCatchEmAll: The Elemental Spirits.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Kalus pulls one on Thorn after she has a [[HeelFaceTurn 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.]]
* HubLevel: The elvish castle.
* JigglePhysics: While there is no real jiggle action in the game itself, just take a quick peek at Kalus' chest at one point in the opening cinematic to the game. You'll know it when you see it.
* LadyOfWar: Kameo herself.
* MagicalGirl: Kameo, given her transformation shtick (though it's a variant from the usual), elven heritage, and retractable wings.
* MagicVersusScience: Wait, the trolls have actual technology on their side? Not like that's going to stop you.
* ManBehindTheMan: The Mystic.
* MsFanservice: Kameo and Kalus both qualify.
* MysteriousProtector: Farron, a young knight.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent:
** Ash, the first Fire Warrior, is a landlocked dragon with stubby wings.
** The trolls use wyverns, though the game calls them dragons.
* OurElvesAreBetter: 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.
* OurGoblinsAreDifferent: They are floating, fur-colored, fairy-like creatures covered in pastel colors with bunny ears who serve the elves.
* OurOrcsAreDifferent: Well, they're called trolls, but they're obviously orcs...
* PuzzleBoss: All of the bosses save Thorn and Kalus.
* PowersAsPrograms: All abilities cost Spirit; each Warrior has a separate Spirit gauge. This can be affected depending on the Crystal Eye you have equipped at the time.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: The Elemental Sprites are all pretty much this.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: The elvish royal family. Well, Kameo and the King, anyway.
* SealedEvilInACan: Thorn, the Troll King.
* SequelHook: The Mystic turning evil at the last second. But considering how flaky Rare is with sequels, don't expect it to happen in the lifetimes of you or your children.
* SleepModeSize: The Elemental Warriors while not part of Kameo's repertoire are in a form called Elemental Sprites. They appear as small {{RidiculouslyCuteCritter}}s the size of a puppy.
* ShoutOut: Many to Rare's earlier games.
* TakenForGranite: Thorn, and later [[spoiler: Kalus.]]
* TreacherousAdvisor: [[spoiler:The Mystic, obviously. She's the [[LastOfHisKind last Sargothian]], the lizard-people the elves wiped out to get the Elements in the first place.]]
* VideogameCrueltyPotential: 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, Thermite shoots napalm.
** VideogameCrueltyPunishment: You can hit innocent bystanders. If you hit them enough though, they will retaliate, and it takes a bit off of your life.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Kameo's primary ability.