Kirby Triple Deluxe Review - Dededelightful

Jim Sterling | 28 Apr 2014 11:00
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With a name like Triple Deluxe, you can be sure the 3DS' innate technological tricks will be employed in some way, though HAL Laboratory has opted to keep it subtle. Every now and then, some gyroscope controls will be employed, usually to move a gondola from side to side, or aim a cannon correctly. There are no touchscreen gimmicks added, though of course the menus can be operated with fingers or styluses, if buttons are too much of a hassle in your jetsetting life.

More interestingly, the system's 3D graphics are exploited by adding a playable "depth" to each stage. Levels are split into both a foreground and a background, with Kirby able to hop between the two distinct plans by riding on stars. For the most part, this is little more than visual trickery, as Kirby flits from the platforms nearer the camera to ones further back, though sometimes enemies and projectiles fly out from the background to hit Kirby in the foreground, and vice versa. Other interesting tricks involve replacing the background with a mirror, in which invisible foreground enemies or obstacles are shown, and a number of bosses that swerve between planes, making players think more carefully about positioning.

One gets an added benefit from playing Triple Deluxe with the 3D slider turned up, but it's far from essential. The switching between background and foreground works perfectly well if you're one of the many who don't care for 3D visuals, though as someone who usually plays with them on, I really like the way they enhance the effect.

Accompanying the main story mode are a few extra game types, including Kirby Fighters, in which colored Kirbys do battle with the help of one Copy Ability each. It's a fun little mode, hung up only by the fact that come abilities are clearly better in a one-on-one fight than others. There's also a rhythm game in which King Dedede is bounced along drums to collect coins, a frankly awkward little minigame that I didn't enjoy much at all. You can unlock an option to play through stages as the aforementioned King, as well as a boss rush mode, so there's plenty of extra content when you've spent the few hours needed to get through story mode.

Bottom Line: Kirby Triple Deluxe is a light and breezy trip to the spherical slurper's roots. While those looking for a challenge will find this installment as frustrating as previous entries, fans are in for another undeniably charming treat.

Recommendation: It's hard not to simply smile the whole time playing, and it's harder not to recommend a game that can do that!

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