By: Jillian Thistle
Kirby Planet Robobot provides a refreshing, less gimmick filled game to a series that desperately needed it. This new game was recently released for the Nintendo 3DS and is the most recent title for the Kirby series. Kirby games are often known as a hit or miss. While most games are fun, a lot of the Kirby games have failed to bring us what we love from a Kirby game. Kirby: Planet Robobot brings us back to the basics of our cute little pink ball eating everything in sight and getting their powers. After the Wii-U game where Kirby was a ball that rolled everywhere, it felt like the game was missing the original fun that you would find in games such as Kirby: Return to Dreamland or others.
Finally, there’s a new mostly gimmick free Kirby where you can just eat the Waddle Dees and turn Kirby into a cute little swordsman. This new game also gave us new power ups that flowed into the game easily as if they were always there. The ESP power up not only a good power up but in my opinion it rivals the sword or the cutter as one of the best abilities in a Kirby game. The new “gimmick” to this game is the robot suit. The robot suit isn’t used in every level and when it is it’s often used to solve puzzles and it’s very fun to just smash through the course. The robot suit also gets power up abilities like Kirby which offers a deeper level to game.
However, there are a few draw backs to the game. The first one is that it is way too easy. I just played through the game casually and made it to the fourth world without replaying any level to get any of the collectables. The game also doesn’t remember how many lives you have when you close the game. I had over sixty lives saved up and when I came back to the game after checking my street passes I was down to five lives, which is frustrating. Another annoyance is that all the blue stickers in the game are random. So even if you collect all the items in the game you can still be missing some stickers because of duplicate stickers.
These few minor things do cause some annoyances to the game, it does not take away from enjoying all that this game has brought. Altogether the game is pretty great, and is refreshing in a series that really needed some new life.