Review: Kirby's Epic Yarn

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GRAH!
I'm pretty sure my inner child just tried to tear out of my cynical black heart after seeing that you can play as a firetruck in order to convince me to buy this game.

I don't know the last time I've played a platformer and didn't feel the need to rush through each level. So much attention and--dare I say--love have gone into designing so much of each level it's a simple joy just to take my time and explore.

You're NEVER gonna be able to kill Kirby. He's gonna be around forever.

Delock:
GRAH!
I'm pretty sure my inner child just tried to tear out of my cynical black heart after seeing that you can play as a firetruck in order to convince me to buy this game.

Best. Level. Ever.

AzrealMaximillion:

starwarsgeek:

AzrealMaximillion:
Is...Is that good enough not to be flamed?

Of course! It's the "Nintendo's out of ideas/wii sucks because I don't like Wii Sports" crowd that gets flamed, not people like you who simply don't want to play a new game.

OT: I'll probably wait for Christmas, since I'm broke, but I look forward to playing this.
Also, AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW :D

It's not that I don't want to play a new game. On the contrary that's exactly what I want. I wanted them to upgrade the Kirby Series from 2D to 3D. Hell they did it for Mario and Legend of Zelda back on the N64. Why can't they do it for Kirby and Donkey Kong now?

Sorry, I phrased that poorly. I meant someone who doesn't want to play a specific game; I did not mean to imply that you didn't want to play any new game.

To answer your question, platformers seem to have a bigger market for retro-style 2D sidescrollers instead of large, expansive 3D worlds (just compare the sales of New Super Mario Bros. Wii to Super Mario Galaxy 2). Hopefully, we'll see a nice balance of both styles in the future (and more games that swap back-and-forth, like Mario Galaxy and Sonic Colors)

snowman6251:
You can't die in this game. A big part of gaming for me is exploring a hostile environment and making it out alive, hence why I like the horror genre and Demon's Souls is my favorite game this gen by leaps and bounds, as well as being my second favorite game of all time.

Kirby is therefore really not my thing.

Please excuse me saying this but your a little weird. You only enjoy a game when your constantly under the threat of defeat? You must not play many games then cause usually games aren't interested in grinding you into the dirt unless you have there hard modes on which lots of games and probably this one has as well. Personally games that constantly beat you into the dirt like demon's souls are terrible games because unless you like punishment how can you enjoy yourself playing it when you are constantly losing from whatever thing happens to hit you?

I'd like to address folks saying this could be anyone's "Epic Adventure," because it's not traditionally Kirby. Well...yes and no. You're correct in that much of what has been common to previous Kirby titles is missing, but a big, BIG part of why it works is because Kirby is easily identifiable by just his outline. In other words - he's convincing and still endearing as a piece of yarn. You could certainly render other characters in a similar way, or even create a brand new character, but Kirby lends himself to the conversion particularly well.

damn it I smiled at the firetruck scene.

Europes release date is 25th march 2011??????? wtf?
DO WANT EARLIER! >_>

Must... resist... urgde... to... randomly... hug... things...

Erana:
I guess the thing that's bothered me about Kirby lately is the distinct lack of a true evil since Kirby 64. I mean, a evil yarn guy doesn't have quite the same effect as a bleeding eye that embodies suffering and hatred. Zero was a great antagonist for Kirby 'cause it pushed you a bit out of your comfort zone and made you have to rethink the entire game when this thing's hemorrhaging from your magical pom-pom happy lasers of love and friendship.

Traditionally, Kirby's final antagonist is always a bait-and-switch. Remember how many times DeeDeeDee has been set up as the final encounter, only to be a (tough) mid-boss? It wouldn't surprise me in Yin Yarn is never actually a boss, or summons a Yarn-ized version of Zero/Zero2/Nightmare for you to battle. It could be like a sheet of creepy, black-and-glossy fabric with jagged edges and skull-designs over it, with a single eye that appears to "bleed" strands of thin red cotton...

I dunno, maybe not. That'd be too creepy.

Now. I'm a man, and i eat rocks and shit lightning.

But, given that i played Kirby's Adventure when i was a kid, i feel genuinely sad that i do not have a Wii to play this game.

The game is deceiving because it looks like a craft store and it looks like it is for a lot younger children but hell any game that let's you play as a fire truck is AWESOME!!!!

Swifteye:

snowman6251:
You can't die in this game. A big part of gaming for me is exploring a hostile environment and making it out alive, hence why I like the horror genre and Demon's Souls is my favorite game this gen by leaps and bounds, as well as being my second favorite game of all time.

Kirby is therefore really not my thing.

Please excuse me saying this but your a little weird. You only enjoy a game when your constantly under the threat of defeat? You must not play many games then cause usually games aren't interested in grinding you into the dirt unless you have there hard modes on which lots of games and probably this one has as well. Personally games that constantly beat you into the dirt like demon's souls are terrible games because unless you like punishment how can you enjoy yourself playing it when you are constantly losing from whatever thing happens to hit you?

I don't really know what YOU'RE talking about. Every game in the world tries to kill you. Even Mario has the threat of imminent death looming around the corner. Practically every game ever made lets you die.

The only I can think of that don't are this Kirby game and that colorful Prince of Persia.

Without any risk there is no adrenaline, no excitement, and no motivation to perform well. Also no, this game does not have a hard mode. There is literally no way to die in this Kirby game. A major part of gaming for me is having that thrill of your life being on the line without really having your life on the line. That's why I love Demon's Souls so much. Its you vs the world and if you want to defeat it you're going to need to do shit right. That thrill of narrowly escaping death to kill the big boss is unmatchable for me.

Kirby doesn't offer that. Not at all.

snowman6251:

Swifteye:

snowman6251:
You can't die in this game. A big part of gaming for me is exploring a hostile environment and making it out alive, hence why I like the horror genre and Demon's Souls is my favorite game this gen by leaps and bounds, as well as being my second favorite game of all time.

Kirby is therefore really not my thing.

Please excuse me saying this but your a little weird. You only enjoy a game when your constantly under the threat of defeat? You must not play many games then cause usually games aren't interested in grinding you into the dirt unless you have there hard modes on which lots of games and probably this one has as well. Personally games that constantly beat you into the dirt like demon's souls are terrible games because unless you like punishment how can you enjoy yourself playing it when you are constantly losing from whatever thing happens to hit you?

I don't really know what YOU'RE talking about. Every game in the world tries to kill you. Even Mario has the threat of imminent death looming around the corner. Practically every game ever made lets you die.

The only I can think of that don't are this Kirby game and that colorful Prince of Persia.

Without any risk there is no adrenaline, no excitement, and no motivation to perform well. Also no, this game does not have a hard mode. There is literally no way to die in this Kirby game. A major part of gaming for me is having that thrill of your life being on the line without really having your life on the line. That's why I love Demon's Souls so much. Its you vs the world and if you want to defeat it you're going to need to do shit right. That thrill of narrowly escaping death to kill the big boss is unmatchable for me.

Kirby doesn't offer that. Not at all.

That's perfectly valid reasoning, and it sounds like you wouldn't enjoy Kirby. But I want to amend one thing: "Without any risk there is no adrenaline, no excitement, and no motivation to perform well"...for YOU. A game does not have to have these things in order to be good. It's perfectly fair for you to say that a game must have those qualities in order for you personally to enjoy it, but it's not a universal truth, or anything.

A wii game I would actually want to own... having trouble with this give me some time. Does this game have hypnotic powers over girls it may have multiple uses. Pity I lack a wii then.

Susan Arendt:

snowman6251:

Swifteye:

snowman6251:
You can't die in this game. A big part of gaming for me is exploring a hostile environment and making it out alive, hence why I like the horror genre and Demon's Souls is my favorite game this gen by leaps and bounds, as well as being my second favorite game of all time.

Kirby is therefore really not my thing.

Please excuse me saying this but your a little weird. You only enjoy a game when your constantly under the threat of defeat? You must not play many games then cause usually games aren't interested in grinding you into the dirt unless you have there hard modes on which lots of games and probably this one has as well. Personally games that constantly beat you into the dirt like demon's souls are terrible games because unless you like punishment how can you enjoy yourself playing it when you are constantly losing from whatever thing happens to hit you?

I don't really know what YOU'RE talking about. Every game in the world tries to kill you. Even Mario has the threat of imminent death looming around the corner. Practically every game ever made lets you die.

The only I can think of that don't are this Kirby game and that colorful Prince of Persia.

Without any risk there is no adrenaline, no excitement, and no motivation to perform well. Also no, this game does not have a hard mode. There is literally no way to die in this Kirby game. A major part of gaming for me is having that thrill of your life being on the line without really having your life on the line. That's why I love Demon's Souls so much. Its you vs the world and if you want to defeat it you're going to need to do shit right. That thrill of narrowly escaping death to kill the big boss is unmatchable for me.

Kirby doesn't offer that. Not at all.

That's perfectly valid reasoning, and it sounds like you wouldn't enjoy Kirby. But I want to amend one thing: "Without any risk there is no adrenaline, no excitement, and no motivation to perform well"...for YOU. A game does not have to have these things in order to be good. It's perfectly fair for you to say that a game must have those qualities in order for you personally to enjoy it, but it's not a universal truth, or anything.

At no point did I claim Kirby was a bad game, nor did I claim that no one else should play it. I personally look for different things in a game than what Kirby has to offer. That was all I was saying.

When I hear epic yarn I can't help but think of a yarn as in a old man story but completely epic.
"When I was your age I had to walk uphill 3 miles in the snow to to get to school and we had to fight off ninjas and punch sharks along the way too!"

Nice review!

snowman6251:

Swifteye:

snowman6251:
You can't die in this game. A big part of gaming for me is exploring a hostile environment and making it out alive, hence why I like the horror genre and Demon's Souls is my favorite game this gen by leaps and bounds, as well as being my second favorite game of all time.

Kirby is therefore really not my thing.

Please excuse me saying this but your a little weird. You only enjoy a game when your constantly under the threat of defeat? You must not play many games then cause usually games aren't interested in grinding you into the dirt unless you have there hard modes on which lots of games and probably this one has as well. Personally games that constantly beat you into the dirt like demon's souls are terrible games because unless you like punishment how can you enjoy yourself playing it when you are constantly losing from whatever thing happens to hit you?

I don't really know what YOU'RE talking about. Every game in the world tries to kill you. Even Mario has the threat of imminent death looming around the corner. Practically every game ever made lets you die.

The only I can think of that don't are this Kirby game and that colorful Prince of Persia.

Without any risk there is no adrenaline, no excitement, and no motivation to perform well. Also no, this game does not have a hard mode. There is literally no way to die in this Kirby game. A major part of gaming for me is having that thrill of your life being on the line without really having your life on the line. That's why I love Demon's Souls so much. Its you vs the world and if you want to defeat it you're going to need to do shit right. That thrill of narrowly escaping death to kill the big boss is unmatchable for me.

Kirby doesn't offer that. Not at all.

Braid. Wario land II and III . A large number of adventure games. and quite a few others that I can't exactly name off the top of my head. Anyways, it's not that big a deal. You're making a mountain out of a molehill.

Why are you PMSing ladies fighting in the thread about Yarn Kirby?! This game is full of dangerous levels of "D'awwwwwwwwww :3", and Kirby gets a bachelor pad.

Nice work.

Credit goes to them for getting it done so quick.

WHY is the release date for the UK next BLOODY YEAR?!?!?!

It's not even like there's language translation, parring American English to English English (aka color to colour, favor to favour, etc..), and I bet they don't even do that. My only guess is that they need more releases for the first quarter of 2011, and if that IS the case, its utter bullshit

When I grow up I wanna be a firetruck :P

Not G. Ivingname:
Must... resist... urgde... to... randomly... hug... things...

Don't resist! Embrace the urge to embrace things!

awesome. i wanna play that great game.

Electrogecko:

Moriarty70:
I still can't help but think this wasn't a Kirby game when it was pitched, but they tied it in for an easy sell.

Yea.....they announced this.
And it's not like it isn't a perfect fit for Kirby.
Incidentally, why does nobody seem to like Yoshi's Story? I fricken loved that game! It was hugely replayable, was loaded with secrets, made for great alternating coop, had good music and great visuals, had challenging platforming, navigation, and boss battles, and appealed to all age ranges. What was the problem?

I too loved Yoshi's Story (it was my first N64 game :] ). My primary problem with it was the life system: I want to play with light-blue Yoshi, but if I fall off the stage, I'll lose him! I guess I'm sentimental in a weird way like that.

This doesn't look bad, but it does have a franchise add-on feel, like Dinosaur Planet->Starfox Adventures (which I actually played and finished recently; it's not bad, particularly some of the puzzle elements, but it has some serious design issues).

Et3rnalLegend64:

Not G. Ivingname:
Must... resist... urgde... to... randomly... hug... things...

Don't resist! Embrace the urge to embrace things!

RAAAAGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!

*Crushes Et3 in monster sized hug*

CLOTH KIRBY IS SO CUTE AND CUDELY. I WANT TO HUG HIM, AND KISS HIM, AND MAKE HIM A SWEATER :D

The physics applied to the material surprised me. This game looks good for a Wii game.

If you asked a company to design a game that was the exact opposite of any game I would ever want to play, this could very well be it. And yet . . . it does look pretty cool. But I don't have a Wii, so I'll just have to wait and hijack BobisOnlyBob's.

That's... that's so cute I might actually squeal.

I thought I would be tired of the style by now (reminds me of work), but I still love it.

Maybe I could start pitching this game to the little old ladies that bring in their cross stitches. Better this than some shovelware to get for your grandkids' birthdays.

Holy shit, an actual reason to play on a Wii console? Can it be? Oh wait, no, it's coming out March 2011 in the UK. Woops.

Looks like a fun game, and really something that I could enjoy, but I think I'll wait for this one to drop it's price. Call me greedy, but I simply don't want to pay 45 bucks for a game that I'm totally done with within ten hours.

It's not just me right? I mean, Susan can make ANYTHING sound fun!

This game looks amazing. And cute. So, so cute. Great review. But it looks like I'll have to wait til next year to play it. Why does this always happen? What do they need to do to convert it to PAL regions that takes five months?? ...ah well, it doesn't detract from the total adorableness of Kirby. I love Kirby. He's the most disgustingly adorable character EVER.

Casual Shinji:
Buldges and zippers?

This game is starting to sound a little kinky.

Kirby previously sucked and swallowed every single motherfucker he'd come across.

That's pretty goddamn kinky already!

Not G. Ivingname:
CLOTH KIRBY IS SO CUTE AND CUDELY. I WANT TO HUG HIM, AND KISS HIM, AND MAKE HIM A SWEATER :D

MAKE HIM INTO A SWEATER??! YOU MONSTER

this is really kiddy compared to some other kirbies.
CASE UND POINT: Zero and Zero 2, heck, even Marx and Nightmare

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