Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

8.6 Overall Score
Gameplay: 8/10
Graphics: 10/10
Sound: 8/10

Art style | Attitude

The lack of a copy ability.

Developer: HAL Laboratory
Publisher: Nintendo
System: Wii U
Release: February 20th 2015

(Quick note: While Kirby has never been given an official gender and is most likely genderless seeing as it is a stomach with a face, in this game he is referred to as a he, so I’m going with that)

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is a “sequel” to Kirby: Canvas Curse for the Nintendo DS. It’s not really a sequel in that it has nothing to do with the first one aside from the main character and the method of moving around. This time Kirby isn’t even cursed to be a ball, he just likes rolling around as a ball and still has his hands and feet visible. It’s almost as if he has been on so many adventures that he feels he needs to handicap himself to give the enemies a chance. There is another explanation that I just made up in my head, when you tap Kirby he does a spin dash and when he spin dashes blue spikes form around him. Also in this game Kirby doesn’t have a copy ability, so I’m thinking before the start of this game Kirby ate Sonic and has been using Sonic’s ability to spin dash this whole time.

The game controls using the touch pad to draw rainbows for Kirby to roll along and there are parts where it gets kind of unruly and you’re frantically scribbling on the screen trying to catch Kirby before he falls into a pit. There’s also a multi-player where other people can control Waddle Dees using wii remotes or classic/pro controllers but I didn’t play that so I’m not going to talk about it. There are also levels where you play as a vehicle, and when transforming you first become one of Kirby’s animal friends from Kirby’s dreamland 2 which I think is a nice little touch.

Throughout the level you collect chests, which gives you figures and music from previous Kirby games and at the end of each level you have a chance to collect a diary page which gives you insight into the mind of your magical paint brush partner Elline, as well as a little bit of back story.

The game also has amiibo support, but I didn’t do that either seeing has I need my vital organs so I had nothing to sell to be able to buy a King Dedede or Meta Knight amiibo online. I do have a Kirby but that just gives you unlimited star dash for the level and usually if you need to star dash the game will give you enough stars so you can and if you miss where you need to star dash the game will just give you another chance at it

The graphics are amazing and the clay style is adorable, it’s just to bad that you spend most of the play time looking at the touch pad instead of the TV. But you could also look at that like a good thing if you’re lazy like me and don’t want to swap around HDMI cables.

Overall, I liked this game and recommend it to anyone that has a Wii U and likes happy upbeat games.



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