This is definitely not the Kirby that fans of the franchise were expecting.
In Kirby’s Epic Yarn, our hero doesn’t suck up enemies to gather up their powers; instead, he gets turned into yarn and gets different powers. He can parachute, grab one enemy and use them against another, turn into an anvil and near the end of some levels, he can turn into more powerful machinery to get to the very end of that level.
As the most basic layout of the gameplay goes, it’s a 2D platformer. Most levels have you going left to right and from point A to point B. There are seven sets of levels for the players to get through, and each set has a boss battle to win to get to the next set.
So, what’s going on here? Well, an evil wizard has torn apart a distant word called Patch Land - and Kirby accidentally gets pulled into that world. He, with the help of the prince of Patch Land, has to piece together Patch world, go back to Dream Land and defeat the evil wizard.
In lesser hands, this could’ve been a tired and boring trek, but the makers of this game put a lot of thought and creativity into the level design. There are sections which you can manipulate the land to gain access to a ledge, there are places where you can swing like a pendulum, plug in and activate devices, and so on.
This game will take about five to seven hours to complete (more if you want to find all the hidden goodies), and I enjoyed every moment outside the cut scenes; I didn’t like the narrator telling the story about Kirby and the prince saving Patch Land and Dream Land.
And some players might get turned off by the fact Kirby doesn’t die at all in this game (it may make the game too easy). And hard core fans of the pink guy will not like the fact that he doesn’t have his usual abilities that they have known and loved.
Still, Kirby’s Epic Yarn is one tale Wii players should get a hold of. BUY IT.
Quite often we compare games to many things, but I've never heard anyone do so in regards to a children's story.
That is how I'd describe Kirby's Epic Yarn in a nutshell. It's fabric-like design is beautiful, it's piano renditions remind me of Peanuts and the game mechanics are as solid as a rock. True, it's on the easy side, but that's the point. People mistake challenge for fun a lot. But here, there's much joy to be had just traveling across the various lands and seeing the sights.
There are collectibles and score goals for those looking for it, but the reward wasn't enough to keep me interested. What was intriguing were all of Kirby's various transformations that would change up the game play while still staying intuitive.
It's great fun to play by yourself or with a friend or child; if you own a Wii you owe it to yourself to try this game.