Review: Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn (Nintendo 3DS)

After Kirby eats a mysterious fluffy tomato, he finds himself in an unfamiliar world, where everything is made of yarn! He soon spots trouble and saves a young lad being chased by a monster.

Pros:

  • Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn has beautiful graphics.
  • 11,667 block download size.
  • 3 save slots.
  • Opening tutorial pop-ups.
  • 3 modes-Dedede Gogogo, slash and bead, story.
  • Can skip cutscenes.
  • Action platformer gameplay.
  • Touchscreen support.
  • Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn features quickly to master controls.
  • Two difficulties-normal and devilish. Devilish has a devil following you Dr plopping bombs the whole time.
  • Hats-collect hats to get unique abilities.
  • Actions-jump, glide, ability, morph.
  • Treasures-find/unlock furniture and music in the story mode.
  • Kirby flat-an area where you can design and decorate your space. Set themes, take photos.
  • StreetPass support-send/share your Kirby flat.
  • Cheerful soundtrack.
  • Levels have multiple layers, you can jump into and out of the background.
  • Different game types in the levels like one minute it’s a runner next you are a space ship shooting then a tank. So many genres crammed in.
  • So much interaction in the levels.
  • Dedede Gogogo is a timer based runner, avoid bombs and collect stars.
  • Slash and bead-fly around areas collecting beads basically.
  • In the mini-games, you collect beads and craft furniture and items.
  • Fun to play.
  • The story features a world map level selection.
  • Can replay levels.

Cons:

  • Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn has no 3D implementation.
  • Throw away mini-games.
  • Levels go on a bit and not a good fit for portable play.
  • Difficulty spikes especially on the bosses.
  • Way too easy to mess up actions because the controls feel sensitive.

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Accessability - 9/10
8.4/10

Summary

Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn is such a fun platformer. The graphics really pop, wish it had 3D but hey, the controls are sensitive and it is way too easy to roll enemies up as projectile which makes traversal clumsy. The boss fights are huge events but full of trial and error. The multi-layered approach to level design means levels feel twice as big and twice as long. As you jump into the background the level interactions change drastically, platforms appear, stars etc. Whilst it may not be a perfect commute game, Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn is still a solid satisfying platformer.

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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