Kirby: Planet Robobot

Mark Nintendo, Reviews 1 Comment

I don’t often play the 3DS. To be honest, I spend more time hiding it. I could be the responsible parent who tells his children they’re not starting a new game two minutes before we’re supposed to be leaving for school, but I much prefer the ‘accidentally leaving it under some towels on the top shelf in the bathroom’ approach.

There’s nothing more infuriating than sending them off to get dressed only to find them ten minutes later naked but for the pants on their head, watching TV, with the 3DS is one hand and the other launching cushions at their brother.

I say nothing, Sonny’s liberal use of the word “whatevs” probably pushes it close, but that’s a rant I’ll save for another day.

I don’t know where they get it from. At least I didn’t until yesterday when my school run was delayed by the boss on level 3 of Kirby: Planet Robobot.

kirby-planet-robobot-box-coverWhat can I say, I’m a sucker for a platformer. And in my defence, the half hour I’d earmarked for a quick game (for review purposes only, should Janet be reading this) had mostly been wasted trying to find the damn thing. For my own future reference it was in a shoe box, under the stairs, behind an umbrella. Why? Because they’ve rumbled all my previous hiding spots and needs must.

kirby-planet-robobot-1Following on from his adventures with a rainbow paintbrush on the Wii U, Planet Robobot sees Kirby return to his more traditional ways. That of a sideways platformer, fighting bosses, solving puzzles, finding stickers and swallowing enemies whose abilities you then take on. There’s over twenty forms he can take, which for an ageing gamer like myself is about, oh I don’t know, nineteen too many.

The story mode is relatively easy to complete, or so the kids tell me, although by ‘complete’ they mean finding the minimum necessary to reach the end of the game. As always, asking them if they’d found all the secrets, of which there are many, is greeted by the usual mumbling and muttering, within which I’m pretty sure I heard at least two ‘whatevs’.

As with all Kirby adventures, the graphics are cute and colourful and the levels beautifully designed with plenty of variation. I don’t normally bother with the 3D option but with some stages played out over the foreground and background it’s a wasted opportunity not to.

Unlike previous incarnations, Planet Robobot also allows Kirby to pilot mech suits known as Robobot armour. This allows him to lift objects, destroy obstacles and defeat larger enemies. Often the trick to solving puzzles is knowing when to wear the suit and when not. Enemies are then scanned rather than inhaled with yet more abilities to copy, or in my case, confuse.

kirby-robobotAlongside the story mode are two additional mini-games. Kirby 3D Rumble involves destroying a range of enemies in as few moves possible, and in Team Kirby Clash you team up with friends to take on a variety of bosses in the style of an RPG.

Completing the story mode also unlocks another two modes. Meta Knightmare Returns is the main campaign again only harder and unsurprisingly given its name, played as Meta Knight. The other is called The Arena wherein you fight multiple bosses but with limited healing items.

For these two modes I’ve had to ask the kids for their opinion as I’m way too busy to have completed the game, what with … erm … housework … and … err … dear god, what is it I do all day?!

Sonny: “It’s good”.

Luca: “Yeah, good”

What can you do? To be fair, ask them how their day at school was and by comparison the above constitutes an essay.

Whilst the difficulty level may sometimes fall on the wrong side of challenging, the sheer amount of variety and puzzles more than makes up for it. A worthy addition to an already wonderful Kirby franchise, or in the words of a six-year old, ‘it’s good’.

 

score2Kirby: Planet Robobot is out now for the Nintendo 3DS. Age rating: 7+. For more information, visit the official Nintendo site by clicking here.

 

{I was sent a copy of the game for the purposes of this review. All words and opinions are honest and my own }

Comments 1

  1. All this gaming goes totally over my head, not least of all because I’m crap at it. OH is a gamer but not me. All three of my lads are gamers. This game would suit The Boy although his brother gave him a Pokemon game for his birthday and now he’s Pikachu obsessed, dammit. As for your boys with their ‘It’s good’. Well what more do people want? lol

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