Kirby's Return - A Good Journey Home for Gamers
Kirby's Return to Dreamland Review
There are plenty of recognizable characters in video games today, but only a select few have the fame and notoriety of Kirby.
The little pink ball of adventure continues this trend in the immensely popular "Kirby's Return to Dreamland."
A successful series of video games beloved by generations, the "Kirby" collection of titles remains top sellers, year after year.
Read on as for why we like this version of Kirby and recommend it highly.
Kirby Recruits His Friends for More Adventure
Released October 2011, the fluffball hero Kirby brings three familiar friends with him as he ventures through his homeland of Popstar.
Meta Knight, King Dedede, and Waddle Dee join Kirby as he searches for the missing pieces of a crashed flying ship, which was piloted by Magolor when it crashed on its way to a far off destination.
The object of the game is to collect five broken pieces of the ship in order to help Magolor reach his goal and for Kirby and friends to join him.
This is done by completing levels and defeating the final boss of each world.
What Sets This Version of Kirby Apart
Kirby takes a deep breath.
Kirby's Return to Dreamland is a sidescrolling platformer that resembles games like Super Mario Bros. Wii and Rayman Origins in its gameplay. The main thing that sets this game apart, as well as many of the other games in the Kirby series, is the ability to inhale enemies and absorb powers from said opponents.
The game has 25 playable types in it, boasting a huge variety of copy abilities and fun power moves. Ranging from shock, ice, and fire types to fighting types resembling Link from the famous Zelda series, this game is incredibly fun to play again and again due to the various abilities available. Some levels even have super-types that are able to wipe out an entire screen of enemies, something highly satisfying no matter how many times you do it.
The controls of the game are simple and fluid, appealing to children and adults alike. Like many of the other games of this same type, Kirby's Return to Dreamland utilizes the Wii controller nicely, requiring the player to hold it similar to the old Nintendo controllers.
Although holding the Wii controller in this way may seem uncomfortable or complicated at first, the buttons and reaction times become natural after a short time.
The controller is also used in the regular point and click method in some of the side games, which have fun activities that involve throwing ninja stars at moving targets and defeating huge robots in a limited time. These games are great when you want to play a short party game or take a break from the main storyline.
Final Thoughts on Kirby's Return to Dreamland
Kirby's Return is a great game that families and friends can play together at any age. The powers that Kirby can absorb are very diverse, and each player is likely to have an individual preference that results in a game that is always slightly different.
The replay value is high, especially when searching for all of the extra in-level achievements for those players who enjoy completing tasks. Playing this as a party game is recommended because it is easy to join and leave at any point, and also because it is enjoyable when you can use teamwork to take down a powerful enemy.
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