KIRBY'S EPIC YARN
Addiction’s bad, m’kay? Here’s everybody’s favourite pink glob of –
uhhhh - Kirbyness going along his merry way until that desperate
urge for a tomato hit gets him in a whole wild and literally woolly
Yep, one chomp of a nasty sorcerer’s magic ‘metamato’ and say
“bye-bye Dream Land” and “hiya Patch Land”. Not only has Kirby
transformed into a piece of yarn – a decidedly handy one that can
morph into cars, tankity-tanks, flying saucers and more - the entire
world appears to have escaped from a mad craft nut’s (or our Mum’s)
sewing kit. Think a traditional 2D platformer that’s somewhat
reminiscent of LitteBigPlanet’s
bric-a-brac vibe, with zips and folds that can reveal previously
hidden bits and clothes-type buttons that allow you to reach
otherwise unreachable spots.
When we say traditional 2D platformer, we mean it (man). Numerous
’80s memories emerged as Kirby’s Epic Yarn repeatedly
enveloped us in a wicked just-one-more-level fugue. There’s a lot of
seemingly forgotten classic Wonder Boy going on – even down
to levels where you’re rolling and just have to go with the flow -
with snippets of everything from Bubble Bobble to Galaga
to Moon Patrol chucked into the mix at times.
When not busy appeasing an alarmingly needy landlord, you’re tasked
with helping Patch Land’s Prince Fluff stitch his world’s continents
back together, after that nasty tomato-bearing sorcerer done torned
it up. Various luscious lands share a common objective – platforming
and collecting stuff. Rather than being time-pressured or
brain-busting, there’s a more chilled vibe throughout the 50 levels.
It’s ideal for younger audiences, but challenging enough to keep
older gamers engrossed – depending upon cutesy tolerance. Two can
play at once, too.
Stuff tomatoes, Kirby’s Epic Yarn is infinitely more
addictive. Now, just one more level, m’kay?