Excerpt: Kirby Mass Attack was a little known title on the Nintendo DS from Nintendo. This hand held video game borrows heavily from the Pikmin series. I purchased this DS game for the purpose of writing this review. Kirby titles have been hit and miss. I wondered which column this pink platformer fit into.
Summary: Kirby's Epic Yarn was a triumph, but there's no denying that Kirby's true home is on a handheld platform. It's where he debuted and it's where he's had his biggest adventures. Kirby Mass Attack brings Kirby home, both in terms of platform and visual style, but that's not to say it's without its fresh quirks. With an all-touch approach to platform gaming and a whole ten puffballs to play with, Kirby Mass Attack is a game that is both alien and familiar.
Conclusion: Kirby Mass Attack is a fun, solid game, and is strong proof that the Nintendo DS isn't down for the count just yet. The adventure gives you lots to do, tons to collect, and offers you many ways to challenge yourself. It's fun with Kirby, ten times over. Disclosure: A review copy was provided by the publisher. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy .
Excerpt: Kirby’s power involves inhaling an enemy to gain its abilities. Sucking up a fire enemy may turn the pink puffball into a torch, whereas devouring a boomerang-wielding foe can grant Kirby that weapon for his own use. In his last game, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, he didn’t have these abilities – he instead utilized a skill-set more similar to Yoshi’s, with a leash (tongue) that could grab his enemies and turn them into ball (egg) projectiles.
Pros: Clever gameplay, Beautiful visuals, Plenty of awesome boss battles
Cons: Sometimes touchy controls, Not being able to suck up enemies and steal powers, Getting a Kirby killed right before the end of a level
New twist on sidescrolling action games with easy controls.
Common Sense Media
16 November 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Kirby Mass Attack is an action-adventure game with lots of very vague cartoony violence. Your team of little Kirbys (smily pink puffballs) pile on their enemies and battle them, though the actual fighting is depicted as nothing more than a whirring of arms and feet. Defeated Kirbys turn into ghost/angels and begin to float away, but they can be grabbed and brought "back to life.
Summary: Remember Kirby – the eccentric floaty cloud-like hero who gobbled up his enemies in a series of sublime platforming titles? Well he’s back but not quite as you remember. As they did with 2005’s Kirby: Power Paintbrush, developers HAL Laboratory has deviated from the established canon once again to deliver Kirby: Mass Attack.
Summary: Kirby Mass Attack is another solid hit for the series. It has all of the charm, content, and quality that we’ve come to expect from the eight inch hero. There are some hiccups along the way in the form of control and camera issues. However, there’s enough variety and quality to make up for that. If you’re a fan of Kirby or simply looking for one last good DS game, this is a surefire candidate that will give you your money’s worth.
Conclusion: This title has a great deal of replay value with all the extras there are to discover and unlock. The levels of each area have multiple directions and hidden rooms, which will require dedication and return visits if the player seeks to find everything. With its new mechanics, this title introduces a new take on how Kirby can be seen and played.