Kirby Return to Dreamland Review

Hello, my name is klonoasfan and today I’ll be talking about Kirby return to Dreamland.  This is a Wii game where the player plays as Kirby, a cute little pink puffball who I swear has a black hole for a stomach.  Other players can join the game as Meta Knight, Bandanna Dee, and King Dedede.


A ship crash lands on to Popstar, the place where Kirby and his friends live.  Kirby and his friends go to check out the crashed ship to find a person named Magolor and learn that the ship is missing some parts.  Kirby and his friends decide to help Magolor fix his ship by finding the missing parts which are spread throughout dreamland, and Magolor promises them a visit to his home planet when the ship is repaired.

Figure 1. Kirby Return to Dreamland [wii]. cutscene
Cutscenes help move along the story at certain points.  These cutscenes are mostly show and have very little dialogue which helps keep up the flow of the cutscene.  It also makes them look nicer and keeps the players immersed in the game.



There are a lot of actions that are available to the player.  There are the standard walking and dashing around to move around stages/areas.  Kirby can also fly by inflating his body and floating around like a balloon.  One of Kirby’s more interesting and fun abilities is to inhale, which forms a vacuum leading to his mouth.  He can inhale enemies, blocks, items, and various other items.  There is even a way to increase the power of inhale by shaking the Wii remote up and down.  This is amazing for sucking up bigger enemies and blocks.  Kirby can also exhale whatever he has in his mouth, which come out as stars, causing damage to enemies.  Before I get to the best part of the gameplay there is one thing I almost forgot about, Kirby can slide across the ground to destroy blocks, harm enemies, and get through very small passage ways.


The best part of the gameplay is Kirby’s copy ability.  When Kirby swallows certain enemies or items he can copy their abilities.  It is amazing how many abilities that are available to Kirby in the game.  Each ability has their own set of moves that can be used by pressing certain buttons, and the amount of moves depends on the ability.  The abilities that I really like are the ice ability since dashing makes Kirby ice skate and freezes enemies into ice blocks allows me to use them as projectiles, and the mike ability since it can really destroy a good amount of enemies through a tone deaf Kirby shouting into a microphone.  The ability can only be used three times though.

Figure 2. Kirby return to Dreamland [wii]. Flare Beam ability

There are even ultra-abilities which are more powerful versions of certain existing abilities.  One of the ultra-abilities is the Flare Beam ability, as seen in Figure 2, where Kirby summons a ball of energy and can move it around the screen to destroy enemies.  They are so much fun to use, being able to perform move that clears the screen of enemies and obstacles.  They are also needed to find the way into special places where the player can get two more energy orbs.


Figure 3. Kirby return to Dreamland [wii] stage
The game is a 2D side stroller filled with lots of color and 3D models.  It has a whimsical cartoon look to it that makes it fun to play.  It also helps that the frame rate is very smooth and the loading time is not very long.


The cutscenes of the game are beautifully presented, and it helps that there are very few of them to interrupt gameplay.  Each cutscene is shown with a border making them like watching a cartoon on TV.  They also have a painted look to them that is very colorful, which indicates when there is a cutscene and when it is time to return to gameplay.  An example of this is seen in Figure 1.


Overall, this is a game that is worth playing, and more than once.  It’s easy enough for anyone to try, and enough content to keep one playing.

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