This is one of those games that are usually bought for the kids but ends up being enjoyed more by their parents. Kirby is back and seems to have had a complete makeover. And this time around, he simply refuses to stay in the shadow of the other Nintendo characters.
The game design is unique, fresh and beautiful, not to mention adorable. Kirby is enchanted out of his usual abilities and is trapped in a world made of fabrics. The design, however, is not just eye-candy, it plays an integral part in the gameplay which is equally imaginative and surprising.
It is as if the gameworld is made up from cloth, loose threads and your grandmother's yarn basket. The colorful items that make up the characters and the backgrounds will bring back memories of preschool naivete but they also serve numerous in-game functions and transformations such as weapons, levers, surf-boards, wings...The game is a creativity bomb that went off in a seamstress' shop.
The sounds add greatly to the overall experience. The background music is soothing like a familiar lullaby whereas the action sounds will bring back the echo of the laughs we had during our own Saturday morning cartoon marathons.
KIRBY'S EPIC YARN is a side-scrolling platformer in the classic sense (move forward, collect items, reach the boss and beat him) but I promise you it will not feel like any game you have played so far. The levels have been designed with endless imagination and a lot of care.
My only complain is that the game is a bit short. Adults may find it a bit easy as well (Kirby cannot die, taking a hit means he looses some of the collected beads); however, it is not that easy to complete having found and collected every item, making it a game one would want to replay again and again.
As a bonus, with a second controller, two people can join in and play cooperatively, greatly increasing the fun but also the challenge to complete the game.
Be warned: you bring Kirby home, get ready to wrestle your young ones for the controller.
on June 9, 2011
I bought this game for my son a few months ago. He's four years old. He absolutely loves this game! It is easy for him to get through the levels, and the great thing is the Kirby never dies! So no "fits" when the game is over, or the player "dies". The graphics are awesome and the music is cute too. I highly recommend this game for anyone that loves Mario, but needs a break. Kirby is awesome!
Kirby's Epic Yarn brings so much fun and whimsy to the screen, it is simply brilliant. A great 1 or 2 player game for all ages and skill stages, the endless play makes it a "frustration free" zone for young players and adults alike.
The charming patchwork of fabric "worlds" is a stunning visual backdrop to fun and sometimes challenging game play. Endlessly opening worlds means a game that can be played over and over and never gets stale. Kids will love the "Angie" Angel catch-up feature that allows them to magically catch up to the more skilled players, and the charming story is not only fun to listen to, but allows young readers, 5-7 years old, to read special pop-up messages to Kirby and Prince Fluff.
So much to do it's hard to get the kids to put it down and let the adults have a go, but it is never boring. The giggles abound as young players learn to pick up and toss their co-players about the screen.
A must have in any Wii game collection. You will not be disappointed!