Review: Kirby’s Blowout Blast (Nintendo 3DS)

Based on the Kirby 3D Rumble minigame in Kirby: Planet Robobot, this enhanced, standalone version is fit to burst with brand new content.

Pros:

  • Crisp bright graphics.
  • 751 Blocks Download size.
  • Full 3D implementation.
  • Amiibo support- Scan Kirby Amiibo to add a statue to the plaza that plays new music.
  • 3D platformer gameplay.
  • Speed runner mentality.
  • Inhale enemies/items to shoot at enemies. Inhale multiple enemies to increase bonus.
  • Four medals to earn each level- Speed, No damage, Kill all enemies and collect all coins.
  • Local leader boards.
  • Simple controls.
  • Text based tutorials.
  • Levels are short.
  • Collect coins to increase score.
  • Bronze, Silver and Gold ranks for each level.
  • EX levels which are harder but generate more points.
  • Chain counter.
  • On screen arrow for directing your shot.
  • Fun to play.
  • Easy to learn.
  • Very much a pick up and play.
  • Boss battles.
  • Miiverse integration.
  • On screen timer.
  • Perspective changes like side view or behind etc.
  • Selection of enemies.
  • Auto saves regularly.
  • Tons of replay ability.
  • Can replay levels.
  • Fast loading times.

Cons:

  • No online leader boards.
  • Doesn’t explain about the speed running.
  • Can be tricky to see coins.

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Accessability - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.4/10

Summary

When booting this game I never would of thought I would be playing a speed running Kirby. At first I thought it was just another simple Kirby spin off, I was so wrong! The game encourages you to run levels as fast as possible whilst always come also maximizing your score. Thanks to the on screen arrow, Lining up shots is made easy. Its a game you will always come back to thanks to its short levels and big bright graphics. You come for the Kirby name but you stay for the challenge!

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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