There are days when I wonder just what they’re doing over in Nintendo HQ that they produce the games that they do. This is one of them. Kirby’s Epic Yarn is the latest installment in the adventures of a pink balloon-like creature known as Kirby who usually defeats bad guys by sucking things in to him to change his form or to just spit them back out as projectiles. I say usually because its hard to suck things in when you’re a yarn outline. That’s right, you heard me, Kirby is made of yarn now. The basic idea is that an evil wizard known as Yin-Yarn has stolen the magic yarn from Patch Land and then turned Kirby to yarn and sent him to Patch Land. Patch Land is what it sounds like, a world full of fabric and thread and patches and yarn and buttons and beads. Its ruled over by Prince Fluff, who kind of looks like a blue Kirby with a crown.Well, Kirby can’t suck in his foes anymore but by no means is he helpless. He now has all sorts of new transformations just innately available to him because he ate a magical Metamato. So now he can turn into a car or get a parachute or all other manner of odd things. There are 4 different ways to play Kirby’s Epic Yarn, which makes it even more interesting.
Story mode is simply going through the platformer’s levels and beating bosses and collecting beads. There are hidden levels and a lot of content to unlock. There are 7 different worlds to Patch Land, each containing at least 5 levels. I really like the story. Its novel. I mean, who ever heard of a villain who knits their minions. Its a really nice take on the traditional Kirby adventures. The controls are a little difficult to use though. I spent a long time trying to get the hang of grabbing enemies to throw them. Its also very easy to accidentally morph into the car, which is a problem since the car goes twice as fast as Kirby.
Story Mode can, at any time, be played with two players instead of one. I really like this feature. Most games have a multi-player mode and a story mode separately. I also like that the multiplayer option is cooperative rather than competitive. The levels are exactly the same thing in multiplayer that they were in single player. This is both good and bad since it means that all you need to succeed is one player who knows what they’re doing. The abilities added to multiplayer are along the same lines as the sort of thing you get in the New Super Mario Bros for the Wii, the ability to pick each other up, throw each other and bounce on each other’s heads.
During Story Mode, you can gather furniture which can be used to fill in rooms in an apartment building which unlocks special mini-games. The mini-games, like the story mode, can be played either alone or with another player. The first two of these that I’ve unlocked are a hide and go seek game and a bead gathering speed challenge. Both of them are quite entertaining.
The mini-games, like the Story Mode, can be played cooperatively. Once again, the challenge is exactly the same as it was for single player. As far as I can tell, there are no competitive mini-games.
Overall, I really liked Kirby’s Epic Yarn, especially that it could go from being single player to multiplayer and back at any time. The story line was unique and the game play was, for the most part, quite nice and simple. The controls were only slightly annoying and the characters were compelling. I enjoyed the art quite a bit. I highly suggest checking this one out. I give Kirby’s Epic Yarn a 4.5 out of 5 hearts. It would have been better if the controls were just slightly nicer.