POOCHY & YOSHI’S WOOLLY WORLD
He’s been in the wilderness, but Itchy & Scratchy’s erstwhile pal
Poochie finally returns to our screens.
Except, of course,
that he doesn’t, for this is Poochy with a ‘y’, and he’s certainly
not one third Fonzarelli. Instead he’s 100% woolly!
the Wii U game that not enough people took the chance to fall in
love with, but shrunkinated down to 3DS size. Knit-picky types may
miss the co-op, and it doesn’t look quite as pretty, but much new
stuff has been woven in to ease the pain – and we’ll get to that.
First things first – story! The Yoshis are kicking back,
enjoying the sun when Kamek comes and makes them all wild and
woolly. Literally. Stuck in a material world full of crafty puzzles,
our hero Yoshi – as distinct from all of the other Yoshis - sets out
to make things right.
He also has faithful Poochy pups by his
side (when they’re not running off wherever they darned well
please...) In the newly added ‘Mellow Mode’ they cotton on to hidden
stuff – there are serious amounts of collectibles dotted about - and
otherwise duck and weave about making things as easy as the name
“Mellow Mode” implies. Yoshi sprouting wings also helps. Naturally
this chill can be eschewed for more challenge in the standard mode.
But Poochy also has his own auto-run levels, plus he stars with
his dino-bud in a collection of short movies. His amiibo – which
sadly we don’t have - also adds extra assistance.
recent Rayman outings, nobody does platformers like Nintendo. From
the originator in Mario through to DK, Kirby and beyond, they have
it tied down. This doesn’t mean that they’re the same experience
though. Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World harks back to classic
Mario, but has a more leisurely pace allowing the eking out of more
fiendishly hidden stuff. It’s a masterpiece for kids or adults –
and, dudemeisters, IT’S SO FLUFFY!