REVIEW – Kirby Star Allies – [Nintendo Switch]

Manufacturer: Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo Switch
RRP: £49.99 / $59.99
Game Age Rating: PEGI 7
Release Date: 16th March 2018

productinfoKirby is back – and he’s finally on the Nintendo Switch console in HD! But this time, he’s not alone.

Recruit enemies by hitting them with hearts, and gather helpers for a party of up to four characters. On top of that, you can join with up to three friends for a different kind of team-up action!

As we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Nintendo Switch, classics such as Mario, Zelda, Street Fighter and Bomberman have all found their way onto the platform, and now with Kirby joining the mix, it somehow feels like an old school reunion.

Old school is very much the key phrase here; Kirby Star Allies, is, at its heart, an unashamedly, old fashioned platformer, and Kirby, as with the previously mentioned titles, is a Nintendo staple.

There’s flavours of New Super Mario Bros Wii here (in style and left-to-right gameplay), as well as Mario VS Rabbids (with the ability to free roam around the level selector), but the ability to actually turn your enemies into your allies, or to take their powers for yourself, lends directly from them recent smash hit, Super Mario Odyssey. This is no bad thing, though; it takes the familiarity of the Kirby of old, and switches things up (see what we did there) for this fresh, new take on the franchise. Simply throw a heart to an enemy and you can add them to you quartet of allies – along with their powers.

Up to 4 players can play co-op, and if you’re just playing by yourself, then the other 3 ‘allies’ are controlled by the system. Switching characters and powers can get a little getting used to, to start of with, but once you get the knack of it, you’ll be flipping back and forth in no time.

The game is pretty easy to start off with, as your allies do all the hard work, but as the game progresses, it actually gets harder and you have to start thinking about who you use and what abilities work best. Arguably, it’s in the later stages that you really start to feel challenged, but it’s worth the wait, and allows you to become familiar with all the characters and their abilities.

There are plenty of old characters you will recognise (Meta Knight, King DeDeDe & Waddle Dee), as well as some new additions to the game. The new visual style is almost mesmerising with its bright use of colour, and there are so many interactive elements within the game that Kirby feels more alive than ever.

For some reason, this is a game that just makes you happy. It’s bright, colourful and deliciously simple in its style, although the many different allies and their abilities can get a little confusing at times.

At its heart, this is a game about friendship and working together, and isn’t it nice, just once, to take something away from a game that can benefit you in the real world? Nintendo deliver yet another hit with Kirby Star Allies, and there’s no doubt that it has breathed new life into a cherished classic.

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