Reviews and Problems with Kirby's Return to Dream Land
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Platformer provides cooperative fun for up to four players.
Common Sense Media
16 December 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Kirby’s Return to Dreamland is a colorful, family-friendly game with content and a level of difficulty suitable for nearly the whole family. The Entertainment Software Ratings Board has stamped the game with an E10+ rating and cites mild cartoon violence, but this may be a little high.
Excerpt: It’s been a very exciting few years for Kirby fans. Last year brought us the charming and innovative Kirby’s Epic Yarn , and just recently the equally inventive Kirby Mass Attack landed on the DS. It would be inaccurate to call the more traditional Kirby’s Return to Dreamland a ‘return’ to its roots, since the game went through a very tumultuous development after initially being proposed once Kirby 64 was released.
Conclusion: Kirby's Return to Dreamland is not a bad game, but feels like something Nintendo made as an afterthought. If players really want a new 2D platformer this holiday season, there are better alternatives yet to come.
Excerpt: Kirby's Return to Dreamland is the second Kirby installment for Nintendo this year. However, unlike recent Kirby titles, Return to Dreamland follows more traditional Kirby routes. Kirby's Return to Dreamland hosts a highly reminiscent flare of classic Kirby titles. The gameplay, graphics, and music will strike a familiar chord with Kirby fans. Return to Dreamland places Kirby back in his home planet of Pop Star.
Conclusion: Kirby’s Return to Dream Land is an excellent flashback to simpler times with the graphics and soundtrack of today. Kirby’s trademark vacuum attack is restored along with a long list of abilities he can mimic. Like the New Super Mario Bros. Wii, this title brings what gamers know and love, and provides it in a mode they’ve always, playing together instead of traditional turn-taking.
Excerpt: Kirby has been very busy. It was a short 12 months ago that we all got to take our mom’s sewing kits out for a spin in the fantastically charming Kirby’s Epic Yarn . Then, just a few weeks ago, Nintendo gave the DS its swan song with Kirby: Mass Attack . Both games impressed us enough to score a 9.1 and 9.0, respectively, and showed everyone that Kirby is so much more than just another gluttonous pink ball (hey, we all know one).
Conclusion: Kirby's Return to Dreamland is the game die-hard fans have been waiting for for years. Though recent bouts have found the series moving in more of an experimental direction, the traditional Kirby game is what gamers will always want the series to revert back to. What Kirby does and will always do well is provide gamers with a fun, lighthearted experience that's not bogged down by the complexities of many modern games.