Story - 70%
Graphics - 86%
Audio - 75%
Gameplay - 91%
Replayability - 82%
Our favourite candy floss pink ball is back and ready for action.
This time around we are taking on the stars and all the secrets it may hold. With fire pits and Waddle Dee attacks at mass, Kirby and friends will fight to make sure all the pieces are collected and assembled.
Kirby is loved by many and with HAL Laboratory working hand in hand with Nintendo they managed to bring this ball of pink cuteness back to us for another round of adventure.
In Star Allies, Kirby takes off into space to battle King Dedede, Francisca and many more, but there is a catch… this time around he not only gets to inhale his enemies and gain their powers, in fact he can sway them to join his cause and become his friends with the power of heart.
At each stage you are prompted as to which enemies, turn friends you might need for that level or mission and as always when you turn back you have them again, so you are able to have Kirby gain a cool power and have friends to aid him in his battles. You have three friends at any given time, if you would like to change them or they have lost too much health and you need to replace them you can just hold in ‘Y’ to ‘unfriend’ or you can heart another enemy and the game will give you the option to replace a current friend. Some quests will let you know how many are required to complete the task.
If you reach a boss battle and manage to defeat him or her you are rewarded with that villain’s power, which will aid you to complete the rest of the level or even just a certain section of it. Some of the characters are a blast to play with such as Burning Leo, Bio Spark and even Plugg. These are some of my favourites, but others entail Como, Waddle Dee with the umbrella, Birdon, Broom Hatter and so many more.
I have played Kirby on the Nintendo 3DS and on the Wii U and yes, it was a lot of fun, but the Nintendo switch has shown its real colours and made this game an experience you will never forget. The controls are simple to use, and my preference is to play on the tablet. It is interchangeable though and you can use the TV to play co-op. The joy-con are your controllers in co-op mode.
There are a few side quests you can enjoy too, you know, use them to warm up and polish those flying (floating) skills.
I must admit that I have not tried this yet because I am deeply selfish when playing some of my favourite games, but I have made a Kirby date over the weekend to try out the co-op mode. Once this has been done I will let you know how it went down.
You can play Kirby: Star Allies for hours and if you are anything like I am you will go back to played stages to try and get through those horrid sections you were not skilled enough to concur previously.
I really have high praises for HAL Laboratory and Nintendo on the epicness of this game and as that they continue with the fun factor goodness that is our beloved Candy floss pink bundle of joy.
So, go out there and get this, you won’t regret it.
Reviewed on: Switch
Available on: Switch
Age Rating: PG
Publisher/Developer: Nintendo / HAL Laboratory
Estimated RRP: R669
Release Date: 16 March 2018
- New and improved Kirby
- The developers should have made a command to ‘pocket’ your friends for a minute on some stages