Here is a word problem.
What do you get when you take, Sonic the Hedgehog, Animal Crossing, Yoshi’s Island, Kirby’s Adventure and string them all together with colorful yarn?
Answer: Kirby’s Epic Yarn
I have played for about 4 hours so far and it is fantastic. More than even New Super Mario Bros. Wii; Kirby’s Epic Yarn reminds me of all the things that I love about playing video games as a child. Nintendo has always made games accessible and still have an edge, but Epic Yarn takes that idea up a notch with this outing. There is no traditional life bar in this game, you instead collect beads throughout the levels and if you get hit they will fly out of your body Sonic the Hedgehog style. You can run though each level hitting every enemy and fall in every hole, you can still make it through. The catch is collecting beads work as a score on how well each individual level is played and then rewards the player with a bronze, silver or gold medal based on the number of beads. The beads also work as the games currency; which can be used to buy furniture for your apartment or even add another level to you apartment complex. This is where the mini Animal Crossing game comes into play. You can even play games with your neighbors and the will in turn give you new wall papers.
The major gameplay change for this Kirby is that he can no longer steal the powers of his foes. Instead, he uses Transform Patches to gain new powers. These transformations are much like the ones in Yoshi’s Island, but instead of a helicopter, Kirby changes into a UFO, instead of a submarine, Kirby changes into a dolphin (although he turns into a submarine when he normally swims), instead of a train Kirby changes into a Tank, and instead of a mole, Kirby changes into… well, it’s pretty much the same thing. Infact the game is so similar to Yoshi’s Island and Yoshi’s Story that I could easily see this game starting out as Yoshi game early on.
Kirby’s Epic Yarn is great fun. Go out and buy a copy, it’s available today. Or go rent it, whatever. Just play this game, it’s fun for all ages!