Summary: When Kirby's Epic Yarn was announced, many people thought Nintendo was stringing us along, that the game would be poorly stitched together or otherwise patchy. A 2D platformer with a cute gimmick runs the risk of being threadbare, but it would appear that developer Good Feel has it all sewn up. You might worry that the bad yarn puns are a bit woolly, but I refuse to change my material .
Excerpt: I have to admit that Kirby’s Epic Yarn was a disappointment for me. I played this at E3 in the year of our Lord 2010, and was very excited about it. Fast forward to when I could afford the game, and the novelty had passed. Maybe if I was reviewing it six months ago, the outcome would be different. But somehow I doubt it. We went completely through this game in six hours. Thankfully I only spent twenty dollars on this game. I would be irritate if I had spent fifty.
Excerpt: One day, Kirby is enjoying a peaceful walk through Dream Land, and spots a strange looking tomato, which turns out to be a magical one called a Metamato. As he sucks it in a strange new villain, Yin-Yarn, tries to interrupt him and fails. He then uses his magic sock to open a portal to Patch Land, and brings Kirby and his friends there.
Pros: Excellent 2D artistic style; fabulous music; very high quality storybook voice acting; heartwarming story, and game, all around
Cons: If you die, there is very little punishment, as you just lose some beads (like coins); not overly challenging, especially in the early part of the game; short if you do not collect everything
Original and beautiful platformer is one of the year's best.
Common Sense Media
9 April 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Kirby’s Epic Yarn is a creative and original platformer safe for anyone old enough to be able to understand how to play. The youngest players might become a little afraid while facing off against some of the game’s larger monsters, but it’s not exactly the stuff of nightmares -- all of the game’s enemies are made of yarn. Plus, they cannot kill the game’s little pink hero, only make him lose some of the beads he’s collected.
Summary: Kirby’s Epic Yarn is not just a next gen Kirby platformer for the Wii. It takes the lovable eating machine into a land of textiles, bringing with him new gameplay mechanics and an entirely unique visual style. It can be played with a buddy, though it does make the game more challenging in some parts. Not to worry, though, since you can’t die in this game you are sure to get through it.
Excerpt: I write this as someone who is immune to twee. The tedious, contrarian part of my brain sees cute and screams: It's a PLOY . I look at those adverts with talking cats and hiss: you're a marketing scheme . I'll listen to you go on about that time you put a hat on your Nintendog and then roll my eyes dramatically until I stop getting invited over to your house. This is my jaded fatal flaw, my heart of darkness.
Excerpt: It was a bit strange to go this long without seeing a Kirby game on a home console, particularly when we knew there was something in the works and yet saw nothing. What looked like a rather generic pseudo-3D platformer wasn’t really getting anyone excited and it was pretty understandable that Nintendo saw fit to completely revamp the title or at least create an experience that was much more different.