Cute is the name of the game! Kirby takes on a new form in this action platformer, the titular pink puffball has been transformed into… Yarn. Kirby’s signature hoovering skills are rendered useless in his yarn-like state, causing the air to flow straight through him! (He’s become a mere outline of his former bulk.) Fear not, however, for Kirby is given an equally powerful ability, he can throw out a strand of yarn to capture, unravel, and spool up various enemies and objects (also made of yarn). Different objects have different properties once captured in this way, some enemies and/or weapons will roll up into a pointy arrow-like spool, which can kill multiple enemies, even those impervious to other attacks. Other such abilities include a time bomb, enemy seeking projectiles, and missiles.
Kirby is immune to the reaper. Kirby cannot be killed in the traditional sense in this title. The player does not have a finite amount of health, however, whenever the player is hit, he loses valuable gems (rhinestones/sequins, everything is cloth-themed), which are used to gauge the player’s performance at the end of the level. There are also attacks which can make it difficult to progress through the level. For instances, some enemies are actually incapable of harming Kirby directly, however, they will either get in the way, or may be able to push him around, maybe even off a conveniently located ledge (requiring you to find a way back up).
The game isn’t terribly difficult though, it can be completed by an experienced gamer very quickly, but challenge isn’t where this game really shines, it’s in the game’s cuteness. This has been said by virtually every reviewer of the game, what it lacks in challenge, it more than makes up for with cuteness, even a grizzled veteran won’t be able to resist the charm of this title, it is impossible to adequately describe just how cute it is, you’ll just have to see it for yourself.
For those who are really looking for some kind of challenge, Kirby isn’t completely without it. You can play sections of various levels with specific goals by visiting your “friends” who look very familiar (if you’ve played Super Paper Mario). These challenges vary in difficulty and goal, you can race to the finish, play hide and seek, bring your friend to the goal, defeat a predetermined number of enemies, collect a specific number of gems, etc. There are enough of these to add significant replay value to the game as well.
Kirby also has lots of transformations, where specific portions of the game you will play as a Kirby fire-truck, UFO, speed-buggy, tank, dolphin, and more. These are specific portions of levels designed around the abilities of those transformations, some of them even giving a nod to classic shoot em up games from gaming’s early years. Kirby would have five stars if there was more of him! The only real problem with the game is that it’s too short. After you’ve experienced all that Kirby has to offer, you’ll want more!
Note that all scores are rounded to the nearest half-star.