Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Gaming Review: Kirby's Epic Yarn
Nintendo has been known to do their own things: release games on Sunday, create games that replicate the same formula i.e Zelda, but have never forgotten who they are which is creating a fun and family oriented game. Does Kirby's latest installment stay true to the series or does it reinvent itself with a unique world made of yarn?
If you are familiar with the Kirby series you will know this game was made in the mind of simplistic fun that anybody can pick up and play. While it does introduce a brand new concept of Kirby being made of yarn which in turn allows him to have a variety of powers it still feels like a Kirby game. This is great because throughout the game you are drawn in the world with its colorful design and beautifully orchestrated music. The storyline is very easy to understand and does provide amusing dialogue. It is presented in a storybook manner which is very appropriate.
Moving on to gameplay the controls are really easy and fluid. A classic sidescroller is what Kirby does best and this is no exception. Despite Kirby not having the iconic vacuum power it is made up with original ideas. Because he is made of yarn it allows him to morph into different objects. For instance he can morph into a single strand of yarn to get through narrow passages or a UFO to allow him to levitate. The animations of each power add the cuteness to Kirby which makes me appreciate what the artists have done with the game.
The only drawback some people might have with this game is it is too easy. You cannot die persay but you do lose your power. However you can still get through each level with breeze. Adding coop to the game is rather fun and addicting. All in all it is a game I fully recommend with its beautiful artstyle and staying true to the series. Despite being relatively easy it is enjoyable along the road and with many extras that make the game last longer. Definite buy for any Kirby fan.