|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Good-Feel/HAL||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Nintendo||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct. 17, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Unfortunately, finding new things for your apartment is really the only thing that might increase the replay value of this title, as there isn't much beyond the initial six to eight hour experience. Although it may take younger players a bit longer to complete the game, many experienced gamers will likely finish Kirby's Epic Yarn in an afternoon, and won't pick it up again. This is a huge detriment to the game, as the basics here are so solid, it would have been nice to have a little more content to keep players coming back. Although each level can be played co-op with a friend, this doesn't really change the dynamic of the levels, and I found that playing with a friend was actually a bit frustrating as someone is always waiting for the other player to jump over a hurdle, wait for a platform, or swing on a rope.
Technically speaking, Kirby's Epic Yarn is a triumph on the Wii. The game's arts-and-crafts look may not feature high-definition visuals, but the artistic value here is boundless. Yarn, fabric, button, and string all make complex structures, and the way the game creates objects like volcanoes and dragons with items found at a fabric store is pretty staggering. The game is simply the best-looking thing on the Wii, and even though it might not win any awards for technical achievement, the art direction is definitely a thing of beauty.
Similarly, the sound in the game is impressive. Each level has its own theme music (which can be found and replayed as a collectible) and the themes that accompany each level are nicely varied and fit the tone and mood of the level. There is also a fair amount of whimsical voiceover during the game's plot scenes, which is executed well and adds to the game's storybook feel.
Kirby's Epic Yarn is definitely up there with Super Mario Galaxy 2 as a must-have Nintendo game this year. However, what separates Kirby from everyone's red-capped plumber is that there were some serious risks taken with Kirby, and the result is something totally awesome. From the unique visual style to the new twist on classic Kirby platforming, this title feels like something completely new, even as it retains its core identity as a Kirby game. If you are a Kirby fan, this title is a no-brainer for you, and even if you aren't the biggest fan of the pink puffball, the game has such solid mechanics that you owe it to yourself to check it out. Kirby's Epic Yarn may not be the hardest game you've ever played, but it is certainly one you won't forget any time soon.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC News Director