Impressions: Kirby's Epic Yarn Hands-On
I recently got to play Kirby’s Epic Yarn at New York Comic Con, and now I am more excited for the game than ever. I’ve seen trailers and videos before and liked what I saw. However, seeing isn’t always an indication of whether or not a game will be good. The big question on my mind was ‘how well does it play?’ After playing two levels and facing off against a boss, I have to say the game plays very well.
The graphics are real simple (it’s yarn for crying out loud), but at least it does it right. Kirby’s Epic Yarn runs silky smooth at 60 fps and looks gorgeous. I just want to mention that not enough games take enough artistic direction and creativity anymore. This game is absolutely beautiful. So, the first stage I played was more of a tutorial level. You play the game with the Wii remote turned on its side like a NES remote. The stage shows you how to dash, ground-pound, hang on to buttons like Spider-Man, and wrap enemies up in your yarn…kind of like Spider-Man! This game could have easily starred Spider-Man.
It was fun to see Kirby turn into a car while dashing, and fun to see enemies poof into strands of yarn when defeated. The game can also be played in co-op mode, which I also got to do. Having a 2nd player is fun, but gets a bit annoying at times. When whipping your yarn to wrap enemies up, you can accidentally grab your partner. This results in time wasted and sometimes even taking damage. It’s annoying, but understandable. On the plus side, it’s not as bad as most other co-op games where you’re straight up killing each other.
Kirby’s Epic Yarn does have some puzzle elements where you have to figure out what to do, or where to pull in order to progress in the stage. What I saw was real simple, but I’m sure it gets tougher along the way. I also got to transform into “mega-Kirby” where Kirby turns giant, shoots missiles and dishes out giant boxing glove fists. This was the first and only time motion controls were used during my session. You had to tilt the Wii remote to aim the missiles, and my partner had to tilt to aim the fist shots. It was a lot of fun just demolishing everything in our path. The boss battle was against a dragon that repeated the same order of attacks over and over. Once you have his 4-5 step routine memorized, it was just a matter of time before he went down. Easy stuff.
Kirby’s Epic Yarn looks and plays great. I look forward to getting my hands on the full game. Look out for the review in the coming weeks as Kirby’s Epic Yarn releases real soon.