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Kirby's Epic Yarn Review

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Posted: 4 months ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Kirby's Epic Yarn is a running and jumping game starring Nintendo's Kirby character that can (usually) suck enemies into their large mouth to gain new abilities. It's set in Patch Land, a world made completely out of fabric. You use your platforming skills to collect seven pieces of magic yarn that are used to stitch Patch Land together.

Play is the usual running, jumping and stomping on enemies. Only here both protagonist and baddies are made of yarn, fabric, and other craft materials. Instead of being able to inhale enemies or fly you can morph into other objects to gain new abilities: a parachute, a car, and a submarine, as well as larger objects such as a tank and a steam train.

Kirby can move faster by turning into automotive vehicles while on the ground, and he transforms into a submarine when going underwater. Some levels feature special transformations which give Kirby unique abilities, like the missile-launching tank, a fire truck and a steam train.

Each stage is completed by getting to the exit on the right. But along the way your task is to collect beads to gain one of four different ranking medals (wood, bronze, silver or gold). The beads can be used to purchase furniture and wallpaper for Kirby's apartment between levels. If you get hit by enemies you lose your beads but you can't ever completely die.

A 3DS version of the game, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, was released in 2019. This introduced a new difficulty level, Devilish Mode that makes it possible to die and have to restart the level. At the same time, even on Devilish Mode, the 3DS version makes things easier with new ravel abilities to help you on your way. It also offered Amiibo support, as using any Kirby-related Amiibo figure will grant players new hats and abilities. It was re-released digitally on the Wii U, and followed up with Yoshi's Woolly World and Yoshi's Crafted World

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-10 year-olds

Release Date: 17/10/2010, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Gbit Good Feel (@Gbit_GoodFeel)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 6 hours and 10 hours to complete. It can take towards 30 hours to find everything.
 
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. The Wii version enables you to play with another person, but the 3DS doesn't include this feature. One player can pick up the other player to mess with them (or help them). In the large vehicle moments, the two players have different roles like steering and shooting. At the end of the level you are told who won and got more beads.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. The 3DS version uses Amiibo purchased separately to grant players new hats and abilities.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

This game is enjoyed by 3-10 year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity. Really young players enjoy playing without having to worry about dying. A more experienced parent or sibling can help them in two-player mode - they can stand on each other and carry each other. The crafted fabric world can often lead to wanting to make crafty things after playing. The narrative segments are voiced by a children's-television-sounding voice actor.

AccessibilityAccessibility

You can select difficulty on the 3DS game, but this is a game where you can't die. The cutscenes are all voiced by a children's television sounding voice actor.

You have to use the Wii Remote held sideways on the Wii version and use tilt controls for some aiming sections.
 
Our Kirby's Epic Yarn Accessibility Report documents 18 accessibility features:


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