So here we are like 2 months later. Once again it didn’t take the entire time to play this game, I just got distracted by Pokemon and Splatoon and Hyrule Warriors and tromping around the west coast following VGM concerts. I think I only spent 3-4 days playing this game. Now to review it!
Gameplay: I think this was one of the main reasons it took so long, I couldn’t really get into the gameplay. I did like the expanded power system of combining with all of Kirby’s friends. But the controls, especially with Coo or Kine, tended to feel kind of awkward and not as tight as they could have been. Nago is amazing though, he’s my new favorite. The level designs themselves weren’t very interesting, I found myself getting kind of bored by the end. My main complaint though, it all the heartstars. They worked well enough for the story, but actually collecting them was awful. Like the dusting off the flower one in 4-1 was super dumb. My problem was how unintuitive so many of them were. And how you’d have to start entire levels over if you messed up. I used a guide for about half of them and I don’t feel bad; how is someone who’s never played Metroid supposed to know to use the ice power? The final boss was kind of easy, I think it only took me one or two tries until I had all the patterns down and then could dodge everything.
Story: Not really heavy on story, like most Kirby games so far. Dark Matter takes over Dream Land and possesses people, pretty much the same as DL2, except with Zero added in as the true mastermind. I liked the idea behind helping everyone in Dream Land in order to dispel all the Dark Matter and face the true final boss, but as I said it was a pain in the ass in practice. Poor Dedede got possessed again.
Music: Great music, very Kirby sounding. Ripple Field is a great theme, as is the final boss music. Sadly the soundtrack I have doesn’t have very descriptive titles or I’d elaborate more, but there are definitely a lot more themes that I’m a fan of.
Overall: It was a good game, for sure, but I wouldn’t say it’s one of the best games. Stylistically I liked the crayon-like aesthetic it had going on, even if there were a few enemies that stood out like a sore thumb. Kirby himself looks a bit off in some of the spritework as well. I was amused to find a lot of elements that would later be reused in Crystal Shards, my next game in the playthrough. Not a bad entry in the series, I’m glad I played it!
Now onto Crystal Shards, the first video game I ever thought was easy.