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Kirby's Epic Yarn review

We could say this was rubbish, but it'd be a complete fabrication

It must be impossible to play Kirby's Epic Yarn and not find yourself grinning merrily away like a demented clown. It's far and away the cheeriest game of this generation.

The story is beautifully presented in the style of a children's book, beginning when the evil Yin-Yarn sucks Kirby into a magical sock after the pink blob ate his tomato.

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So Kirby finds himself in a material world called Patch Land - the ground is made out of denim, the backgrounds are cloth, while creatures have buttons for eyes. What's more, Kirby himself is now made out of thread, meaning that he no longer has the ability to suck in and eat enemies.

Yin-Yarn has split this Patch Land into seven different pieces. The only way to patch it up again is to find the magical pieces of thread that are being held by the world's biggest baddies, and use them to sew all the different regions back together. It's nonsensical, but adorable.

Smashin' Grab

Epic Yarn is played with the Remote on its side. You press the 1 button to make Kirby grab onto things using a loose piece of thread. You can grab hold of your enemies and turn them into balls of wool, which you can then throw at other enemies.

It's the ability to interact with the scenery that makes Kirby's Epic Yarn a joy to play. Rarely does a platform game make this much use of the background environment, and in such a creative way too. You can yank over part of the background so that it creases over and makes a gap narrower, or peel back a sticker that's disguised as an object to reveal the treasure hidden underneath.

Much like New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Donkey Kong Country Returns, Kirby's Epic Yarn offers co-operative play for two players.

In the other two games, it could sometimes be a little tricky to interact and work together, whereas in Epic Yarn it's a piece of cake. For example, simply pressing the 1 button from a reasonable distance to grab your partner is significantly less fiddly than standing right next to them, holding the 1 button and shaking the Remote (as you had to do in New Super Mario Bros. Wii).

Since it's so easy to do this, beginner players can now help too - by grabbing their partner and chucking them into enemies (which defeats them) or tossing them to hard-to-reach locations.

Strung Along

Co-op is also the best way to experience some of the awesome transformations Kirby and Prince Fluff are capable of - such as turning into a huge robot with a rocket-powered boxing glove or a dolphin on a surfboard. When two people are playing together, the controls are split between them, meaning that you'll need to work together to get through. For example, the aforementioned robot lets one player control its rocket-powered arm by pressing a button and tilting the Remote. Meanwhile, the other player is in charge of the robot's movement and its other arm, which can be used to punch nearby enemies.

Each of these transformations completely changes the gameplay mechanics, to the point where each level is made to feel like a completely different game. You could transform into a mole on one level and find yourself digging your way through underground tunnels made of cotton wool, while the next could see you turning into a UFO, flying around and sucking enemies into your tractor beams, before using their power to blast out electric shocks.

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  1. PokeRave Thursday 24th Feb 2011 at 16:34

    I would get this but I'm buying Pokemon White instead and plus even though I read the article in the ONM magazine, I'm still sceptical of the mulitplayer function. I hope its better than the Mario Galaxy 2 multiplayer, in that both players have a more balanced experience when playing together, rather than it being heavily weighed on just one player.

  2. Gavin Rozee Thursday 24th Feb 2011 at 16:38

    I can cope with the difficulty, because as you said, getting hit impacts what medal you'll receive.

  3. C00LI098 Thursday 24th Feb 2011 at 16:40

    I'd love to get this, but seeing as Pokémon White is out next week, and the 3DS in a month, I'll sadly have to pass.

  4. sask Thursday 24th Feb 2011 at 17:02

    getting as soon as mainly as kirby games disappear rather soonish and are never seen again.

  5. ledreppe Thursday 24th Feb 2011 at 17:08

    Wish I could play it on release this Friday, but I'm getting this game next Wednesday, as it is a birthday present. Another 5 agonizing days to wait.

    Just playing it now, I think it's amazing. I'm really happy with this game, it's always got something fresh in every level. More of this please, Nintendo!

  6. SoulSilver IV Thursday 24th Feb 2011 at 17:42

    It must be impossible to play Kirby's Epic Yarn and not find yourself grinning merrily away like a demented clown. It's far and away the cheeriest game of this generation.

    This sums me up perfectly when I'm playing this game.

    Great review guys, this game got exactly the score it deserved. Thumbs up from me! :D

  7. LaytonMario3 Thursday 24th Feb 2011 at 17:50

    I don't care if it's easy, I'll still be getting it some time.

  8. hammster Thursday 24th Feb 2011 at 17:55

    I'll get it eventually but 3DS and Pokemon are priorities.

  9. sciqueen Thursday 24th Feb 2011 at 18:48

    I cannot wait to get this!!! And my free KNITTED KIRBY PLUSH for preordering from Game!

    Why aren't people more excited for this game?! Pokemon can wait!

  10. ploiper Thursday 24th Feb 2011 at 20:48

    im hoping this will come through my letterbox tomorow, i needs to play this game.

  11. imbusydoctorwho Thursday 24th Feb 2011 at 22:02

    Like to get.
    But with 3DS and Pokemon only a few weeks between them I think I might leave.
    Also too easy.

  12. FiveThirteen Friday 25th Feb 2011 at 12:33

    Can't wait for this to arrive today, people should definitely be more excited. So what if it's easy? there are loads of unlockables and apparently it is difficult to get perfect runs (not getting hit)

  13. kirby711 Friday 25th Feb 2011 at 13:45

    I cannot wait to get this!!! And my free KNITTED KIRBY PLUSH for preordering from Game!

    Why aren't people more excited for this game?! Pokemon can wait!

    I was excited for this. I have it now: it's amazing!

  14. KoreeluStromboli Saturday 26th Feb 2011 at 00:15

    I'll be playing Kirby's Epic Yarn for the first time on this Wednesday coming; I'm really looking forward to it.

    While I'm in these woods, I'm going to say that Kirby should've had angry eyebrows in the final boxart, like this:

    http://i.imgur.com/tKM1f.jpg

    Unfortunately, they were removed. It would've given the boxart a nice "YEAH!" feel.

  15. Deep4t Saturday 26th Feb 2011 at 02:17

    well I got the game today,,,,and finished it, but it's not short I gist played it a lot.absolutely amazing game.

    apart from the final boss is terrible!

    I'm not sure if it's the best kirby game.... probably the second best after Adventure

  16. kirby711 Saturday 26th Feb 2011 at 15:19

    I'll be playing Kirby's Epic Yarn for the first time on this Wednesday coming; I'm really looking forward to it.

    While I'm in these woods, I'm going to say that Kirby should've had angry eyebrows in the final boxart, like this:

    http://i.imgur.com/tKM1f.jpg

    Unfortunately, they were removed. It would've given the boxart a nice "YEAH!" feel.

    Looks cool, but the game is supposed to be cheery and wonderful, except the occasional enemy.

  17. E3rob Sunday 27th Feb 2011 at 10:11

    I want this but Pokémon next week, Ókamiden in two and a half weeeks. My 3DS fund is getting smaller as it is. xD

  18. kirby711 Sunday 27th Feb 2011 at 15:06

    I've just completed the game and I must say it is my favourite platform game of all time: even better than most Mario games in my opinion. Shame I completed 87% of it in 9 hours, but the charm more than makes up for this.

    It's epic.

  19. TheBadger Sunday 27th Feb 2011 at 20:10

    I would get this but I'm buying Pokemon White instead and plus even though I read the article in the ONM magazine, I'm still sceptical of the mulitplayer function. I hope its better than the Mario Galaxy 2 multiplayer, in that both players have a more balanced experience when playing together, rather than it being heavily weighed on just one player.

    I agree with everything you just said. :D

  20. G_R7 Sunday 27th Feb 2011 at 21:47

    I he game, finished it, loved every second of it but its now been traded in for BulletStorm as I want that Gears Of War 3 Beta. Also, I need the money for Pokemon as well.

  21. sciqueen Thursday 3rd Mar 2011 at 12:05

    I'll be playing Kirby's Epic Yarn for the first time on this Wednesday coming; I'm really looking forward to it.

    While I'm in these woods, I'm going to say that Kirby should've had angry eyebrows in the final boxart, like this:

    http://i.imgur.com/tKM1f.jpg

    Unfortunately, they were removed. It would've given the boxart a nice "YEAH!" feel.

    He's so cute when he's angry <3

  22. sciqueen Thursday 3rd Mar 2011 at 12:08

    I cannot wait to get this!!! And my free KNITTED KIRBY PLUSH for preordering from Game!

    Why aren't people more excited for this game?! Pokemon can wait!

    I was excited for this. I have it now: it's amazing!


    Isn't the Kirby plush the most adorable thing? If Pokemon Black and White had a Jigglypuff plush I would have preorderd both version

  23. Shinnos Monday 7th Mar 2011 at 11:28

    I want to pick this up, but at the moment it's a question of funds, what with Okamiden out in a few weeks and the 3DS out after that. I might cave and pick this up though...

  24. Toastie Thursday 14th Apr 2011 at 17:01

    *101%

  25. boofan25 Friday 15th Apr 2011 at 16:14

    wow this is such an amazing game its probably my game of the year.

  26. ArkAngel04 Tuesday 10th May 2011 at 07:09

    this game looks sooo over the top cute i want too run out to the stores and by it how ever pokemon takes priority

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