KIRBY’S EPIC YARN (G)
★★★★ Kirby’s Epic Yarn is one of the most inventively presented games in years.
The pink puffball has been sucked into a world where everything — the ground, sky, trees, rivers, buildings, even Kirby — is created from fabric and yarn.
Every mechanic in Kirby’s Epic Yarn is built to make the most of the premise. Kirby can lasso enemies, ripping them into their component pieces of string or bundling them into a ball of yarn that can be tossed.
He can also transform into a parachute, a heavy block, a car, a submarine, even a single, long piece of string, which is ideal for snaking through thin, maze-like tunnels. The level design makes excellent use of the theme, too.
Kirby is able to enter doorways in the background fabric to go behind it, becoming a lump on the material’s surface.
Stitching material can often be pulled, bunching up the fabric to bring platforms closer or reveal a new path.
Every level introduces clever new gameplay elements based on the fabric presentation, while every world has its own striking visual theme.
It’s a joy exploring this world, seeing the way the surface of the yarn-made water dances as Kirby drops into a river, sinking into the desert sand as the stitching beneath Kirby comes apart line by line, or running through a lava level where the background fabric is charred from the heat, with scorched holes in its surface.
Breaking up the game are boss battles, bonus missions and levels within levels where Kirby can morph from a UFO to a dolphin to fire truck.
This unique 2D platformer is highly recommended for kids.
Out February 24.
How long is a piece of string?: Kirby’s Epic Yarn is highly original.