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POSTED 10/6/16


KIRBY: PLANET ROBOBOT

HAL Laboratory/Nintendo



Pink Kirby battles the mech robots...

Everything was fine, dandy and exceedingly colourful on Planet Popstar, until those gosh-darned mechs descended.

Rather than going for a multicultural melting pot kind of vibe, the aim of these mechanical types’ was to run roughshod over everything non-machine, turning the once lovely land into a mechanised mecca exclusively for all things robotic. There are broader analogies we could explore here, but nope, not tonight.

Anyway, everybody’s favourite Popstar glob of pinkness is having none of this. With his ability to absorb enemy attributes with a mere inhalation of breath, and added capabilities involving adapting the mech tech to his beck (not the ‘Loser’ one, the ‘and call’ type) – yes, the Kirbster goes all Gundam on our bottoms - he’s not letting his ’hood go down without a fight.

Pulling off a wondrous mix of classic Kirby platforming action over two inny-outty planes with the addition of stuff like all the robotics, massive boss assaults, new abilities and enough cuteness to whomp down diabetes on all-comers, Planet Robobot kicks off fairly innocuously. You’re eased into proceedings, but before long you’re lumped into puzzle mayhem – beautiful, head-scratching, brain-busting puzzle mayhem. You’ll sneak softly carrying a big stick, you’ll morph into a car or plane to go racy or shooty, you’ll check out bonus bits including a four-player boss assault and an arena spectacular. Then you’ll faff about with amiibos seeing which ones yield groovetacular bonus talents.

With six worlds, many levels within each and a whole lotta repeat play options to go catch all those stickers and all-important boss-unveiling Code Cubes, there’s much life in this latest Kirbytastic escapade.

He may not have get the A-list plaudits of Mario and his cronies, but to some Kirby is king. Planet Robobot only serves to strengthen his already ace legacy.

Long live the king pink thing!

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