Review: Kirby’s Epic Yarn

Yep. He's got a robot tank now.

Though the game has been out for half a year already, it is unlikely that LusipurrCom’s readers have picked up a copy of Kirby’s Epic Yarn. Various reasons abound, from the fact that it is an installment in the Kirby franchise, one assumed to be only for babies and small children, to the fact that it is for the Nintendo Wii console, which is not the favorite console of today’s gamers.
Typical Kirby player. Loves the Nintendo Wii.

However, fans of the Kirby franchise are likely to be pleasantly surprised with this game. The first thing a Kirby fan will notice about this game is that its art is radically different from the rest of the series. Everything in the game is made of yarn (go figure!), and the developers exploit this. Unlike many other Kirby games, such as Crystal Shards and Kirby’s Adventure, Kirby does not gain powers by ingesting his foes.

Instead, Kirby has an innate number of abilities, including turning into a heavy weight, a car, and a parachute. Kirby cannot fly in this game. The next thing that a player of this game will notice is that it is narrated. This is an interesting novelty, as Kirby games rely entirely on visuals to tell a story. The narration is not bad, but more than likely unnecessary. Kirby begins an adventure after being turned into yarn by a magical yarn wizard, who dastardly prevents him from eating more food.

How can we prevent this?

There, he meets up with a blue-yarn companion, who looks remarkably similar to him. After the introduction, the player has the choice to play alone or cooperatively with a friend. Kirby and King Fluff can extend yarn whips to roll enemies up into balls and throw them at each other and destructible obstacles, but they can also pick each other up in the same way. The cooperative nature of the two player mode makes this lighthearted game great to play with a significant other who likes to play video games with you, but does not like fighting or shooting games, while simultaneously helping them feel better about themselves, because they are far more useful than the Star Helper in the original Super Mario Galaxy. It would also be a great game for a parent to play with their child.
However, beads are not the worst currency Nintendo has devised.

Throughout the game the players collect beads, the game’s currency, in order to fill up a meter in each level that unlocks completion medals. This is akin to the ‘True Jedi’ bar and similar bars in the LEGO movie game series. Completion of most levels is not entirely difficult, though it does require some creativity. In fact, the game itself is not too difficult either, with there being no way to truly die and be required to start a level over. The difficulty is in keeping one’s bead count from falling, as it falls when hit, which is mainly difficult in boss battles.
Thank you, Kirby, for your sage wisdom.

The game’s soundtrack includes music that players of the Kirby franchise have come to expect from Kirby titles. Nothing entirely spectacular, but all good enough that listening to the music on loop is not infuriating. All in all, Kirby’s Epic Yarn is a game that is definitely worth playing, but perhaps not worth buying. The best way to enjoy Kirby’s Epic Yarn is to rent it and play it to completion with a significant other, child, or a good friend.


  1. Good review! I agree with everything except the music. I thought the soundtrack was the most surprising part of the game. Some really standout tracks. Liked that it was so piano based.

  2. Fun game. Nothing too challenging, except the small mini-games in the hotel which can be infuriating at times. Especially how long it takes to complete them all.

  3. I was fully expecting a review of his K-ON love pillow! I guess he was serious about not being the worst Lusicom employee …

  4. @Lusipurr: You never like my alt-text.

    @Slab: WE HAVE ENOUGH BABY GAMES WITH POKEMON. Next week, review something with blood and/or gratuitous sex.

  5. @Lane: Your alt-text is largely just quips about mid-20th century sci-fi authors!

    @SB: Ignore our two western gamers. Keep right on with the baby games and pokemon.

  6. Ehhh, I rented it, played the first world, and promptly returned it. I just could not get into it.

    I think I have to be in the right mood for a game like this.

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