Kao the Kangaroo: Round 2

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Kao the Kangaroo: Round 2
Kao the Kangaroo: Round 2 cover
Developers
Tate Interactive
Publishers
Australia Auran Games
Europe JoWood Productions
North America Atari
Poland Cenega
Russia Russobit-M
Digital THQ Nordic
Release dates
Windows November 4, 2003
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Platform
Art styles Cartoon
Themes Fantasy
Series Kao the Kangaroo
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Kao the Kangaroo: Round 2 is a singleplayer third-person platform game in the Kao the Kangaroo series.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
European copies use SecuROM 5 DRM.
Polish and Russian copies use StarForce 3 DRM[Note 1].
US copies use SecuROM 7 DRM.
Windows
Retail
DRM-free
Australian and later copies of Polish and European versions.
Windows
GamersGate
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Windows
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Bundled with Kao the Kangaroo and Kao: Mystery of Volcano.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
DRM-free
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Windows
itch.io
DRM-free
Windows
Steam
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Windows
StarForce DRM for this game does not work on modern versions of Windows (see above for affected versions).

Version differences[edit]

Steam release is an updated version featuring widescreen resolutions, XInput controller support and compatibility fixes for modern machines, as well as achievements.

Game data[edit]

North American retail version stores files in %LOCALAPPDATA%\Kao - Round 2\, while all other releases store files in <path-to-game>\media\.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\media\*.ini[Note 2]
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Kao - Round 2\*.ini
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1048540/pfx/[Note 3]
key.ini stores keyboard/controller mapping and sound volume, lang.ini stores the currently selected language and user.ini stores graphical options.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\media\Kao2.SG[Note 2]
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Kao - Round 2\
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\1048540\remote\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1048540/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Launcher display options.
Launcher display options.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Steam version only. For others, see Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Steam version only.
4K Ultra HD
Steam version only.
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Limited to 1600x900, 1280x960, 1280x720, and 800x600 (Steam version only).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Limited to 60 Hz; see Run the game at screen refresh rate.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Modify configuration file (Retail version)[5]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\media\.
  2. Open user.ini.
  3. Change -w= and -h= as needed.

Input[edit]

Keybindings.
Keybindings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Launcher requires mouse input.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Y-axis is inverted by default; manually swap mappings to un-invert.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Steam version only.
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Steam version only.
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Generic/other controllers
Generic DirectInput controllers are supported.
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio[edit]

Audio options.
Audio options.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Effects, Music
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Australian, European and North American releases only. The European version uses a different dub to the North American and Australian versions.
The Steam release contains both dubs, selectable via the in-game launcher.
French
European release only.
German
European release only.
Hungarian
Fan translation
Italian
European release only.
Polish
Russian
Local retail version only. Not available on Steam.
Spanish
European release only.
The Polish localization uses an earlier build of the game that contains bugs that have been fixed in the other releases. This problem is fixed in the Steam release.

Issues fixed[edit]

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

The game runs at 60 Hz by default.
Modify configuration file[6]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\media\.
  2. Open user.ini.
  3. Change -rate=60 as needed.
Use the -rate=xx command line argument[6]

Game crashes (Retail version)[edit]

Change compatibility mode to Windows XP[5]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
OpenGL 1.2
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 600 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB (128 MB for 2000/XP)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 600 MB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 256
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible

Notes

  1. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows Vista or later.[1][2][3][4] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  2. 2.0 2.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  3. 3.0 3.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/1048540/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1048540) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References