Nov 032010
 
Authors: Ian Hopkins

“Kirby’s Epic Yarn” is not the Kirby I grew up with, but that doesn’t mean that it is a bad game.

Everything about it is fantastically done, but the soul of a Kirby game has changed dramatically and I don’t like it at all. Kirby is supposed to eat bad guys, not whip them with an oversized piece of yarn.

Plus, I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to die, I jumped off the level three or four times just to see if I could and I didn’t die at all.

Visually, “Kirby’s Epic Yarn” is a beautiful game. Plus, I didn’t have any problems at all with how stunning Kirby looks. The developers made a unique and appealing visual style using yarn and simple childhood drawings that are fun and youthful. However, it misses out on a perfect five because it’s missing that special extra effort to make it deserving of a perfect score.

There are several audio aspects of “Kirby” that I loved and one glaring aspect that completely turned me off of the game. First thing’s first: Some genius thought there needed to be a semi-deep story to this “Kirby” game and apparently craved a narrator for the story. This narrator makes me feel like I’m watching an old-school “Winnie the Pooh” show and it is awful! Crappy narrator aside, “Kirby” is as enjoyable to listen to as it is look at, and that’s saying something.

“Kirby” doesn’t try to complicate the controls and sticks to a simple four-direction and two-button system. It is easy to control and literally anyone can pick up a Wiimote and play this game. They’ll probably love the game too, unless they – like I – were hoping for a more traditional Kirby game, of course.

The game play is very good, but “Kirby” definitely let me down. I grew up with Kirby sucking enemies up and transforming into them, not beating them to death with a little pink rope. However, “Kirby’s Epic Yarn” is a fun game that many people will love to play.

Overall, “Kirby” is a fantastic game to play. However, don’t get this game expecting an old-school “Kirby” romp because you will be sorely disappointed in it like I was.

Video game reviewer Ian Hopkins can be reached at verve@collegian.com.

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