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The furry pink blob comes back

It’s been at least a decade since I played a Kirby game. The last time I played, it was Kirby’s Epic Yarn on Wii -console. I love a good platformer and Kirby and the Forgotten Land promises to give that to me. Does this seventeenth installment of the series does any good?

Story, gameplay, controls, graphics, Difficulty and Sound

The story of the game is rather simple and easy; something horrible happens and Kirby got sucked into another reality. It is a post-apocalyptic world called the New World. His friends Waddle Dees are being kidnapped and a creature from the New World called, Elfilin, comes to help him. So, that’s the story of the game. The story is good, but I didn’t like how absent the storytelling was. It basically was told in the beginning and in the end-part of the game.

The gameplay and controls were good and simple. The game is played by levels that are opened one by one. On every level Kirby must not just fight with the enemies, but also collect coins, collectables and hidden Waddle Dees. Waddle Dees are important because they open the final boss of every area. Player must collect certain amount of Waddle Dees, which was rather easy to do. I didn’t found myself in a situation where I must go back and collect more of them.

Every level is well-designed and easy to maneuver in. Kirby can have about ten different weapons (one at time) and all those were good choices from the developers. Kirby can also use Mouthful Mode, which is a mode where he can transform into bigger object that also have moves he can use.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land has a hub, called The Waddle Dee Town, area that can be grown and changed by the amount of Waddle Dees plyer collects. Throughout the gameplay I could open a fishing area, Kirby’s own home and shops where I could by items that I can use in the levels. Kirby could hold on to one item at once. I used the extra health, which came useful in the more demanding boss battles.

All weapons are also upgradeable. Along the gameplay, player finds blueprints, that can be used to upgrade the weapons. This also helps alot in demanding boss battles. Before player can upgrade the weapons, they must do some extra stuff; player must finish time-limit levels that gives Rare stones that are used to upgrade. Kirby and the Forgottel Land is also co-op, yes it can be played with another player. I didn’t try this since I played this alone.

Graphically Kirby and the Forgotten Land looks nice. It has smooth grpahics and beautiful colours. All the character models are well-designed and the level-design is amazing, as well. Every area was different than the previous and they all had certain style they followed.

What comes to the difficulty level, I found the game to be rather easy, but some boss battles were crazy and I wouldn’t beaten them without an extra item and upgraded weapons.

The sound in the game was amazing. All the soundtracks were quintessential Kirby what we are used to from the 90’s games. There is a band in the hub area, that plays all the music of the game. It was a nice add.

Final thoughts

Kirby and the Forgotten Land is very good new Kirby game. It leans towards the easy-side, but the level design and the variety of the levels and the areas made it nice to play. All the extra things player can do and collect made the game very much worth the price.

I do recommend this to anyone who likes Kirby games or just plain simple platform games. Kirby and the Forgotten Land is available for Nintendo Switch.



“Kirby can also use Mouthful Mode, which is a mode where he can transform into bigger object”


RELEASE DATE: March 25, 2022
GENRE: Adventure, Platformer
PLATFORMS: Nintendo Switch (reviewed)

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