Yoshi's Woolly World Review
Yoshi's Woolly World Box Art
System: Wii U
Dev: Nintendo/Good-Feel
Pub: Nintendo
Release: October 16, 2015
Players: 1-2 Player
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080i Mild Cartoon Violence

Woolly World's flawless controls help you out at every point in the journey. Yoshi has been a bit floaty in some games, but Yarn Yoshi is rock-solid and stops on a dime. He goes exactly where you think he will when he jumps and flutter-glides, and the jumping challenges have been measured perfectly – they require skill without being overly frustrating. You can pick the speed of Yoshi's yarn-throws, but I found the default (slower) speed to be quite easy for aiming purposes. It's frankly a relief that he's been unshackled from that bawling brat, Baby Mario, which greatly aides his mobility and helps the more laid-back feeling of this game (and if I never hear that crying baby sound effect again in my life, I will die a happy gamer).

Yoshi's Woolly World Screenshot

I'm not always a fan of Mario series music, but Yoshi's Woolley World sports a lovely soundtrack that manages to be whimsical without throwing it in your face (I'm looking at YOU, New Super Mario Brothers soundtracks). It's heavy on the classical guitar sounds and can run in the background while you're taking a break without driving anybody in the household insane. The sound effects are spot-on as always, complete with the familiar “ba dum” sound Yoshi makes while slurping up an enemy. D'aaaaw.

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If you're looking for a super-hardcore platforming experience from top to bottom, Yoshi's Woolly World probably isn't for you. If, however, you want to explore a fantastically realized world that gradually ramps up its challenge and contains new delights around every corner, don't hesitate to pick it up. It's the best Yoshi game in years, it's perfect for solo play or a leisurely afternoon with a friend, and it's so stinkin' cute it's almost unbearable.

Welcome back, Yoshi. Come give us a snuggle!

By
Becky Cunningham
Site Editor
Date: October 19, 2015

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
5.0
Graphics
This crafted world is full of fuzzy textures so real you could almost touch them.
5.0
Control
Precision platforming at its best. You're in total control, and jumping challenges are measured perfectly.
4.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Laid-back classical guitar pieces enhance the game's atmosphere and won't annoy your household.
4.5
Play Value
There's always something new and fresh to discover, plus plenty of worthwhile collectibles to seek out.
4.8
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Players tangle, pull and stitch yarn to explore Yoshi's world in creative new ways.
  • Yoshi has never been more adorable than as a toy knit from yarn. His entire environment is made from materials like felt, yarn, cloth and cotton, creating a gorgeous HD world that looks good enough to touch.
  • Instead of eggs, Yoshi tosses yarn balls at enemies. He can incapacitate a Piranha Plant by muzzling it with a piece of colored string. Or he can even use the yarn to knit together background elements.
  • Gobble friends and turn them into eggs. Then toss them into hard-to-reach heights and secret depths to discover in two-player cooperative play.
  • The game is co-developed by Good-Feel, the developer that created Kirby's Epic Yarn, and Nintendo Co., Ltd under the supervision of Takashi Tezuka, producer of Yoshi's Story and the Yoshi's Island series.

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