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Game review: Kirby Mass Attack


Tyler Thorne

Staff writer

Everyone’s favorite pink puffball is back in Kirby Mass Attack, developed by HAL Laboratory, Inc. and available now exclusively for the Nintendo DS. Kirby first floated into the video-game world in 1992 for his debut Game Boy outing, Kirby’s Dream Land.  Kirby won fans over with his unique power to absorb enemies like a vacuum cleaner and copy their abilities leading to 19 years of games and even a television series.

Kirby Mass Attack is a 2D platform adventure in the style of the previous Kirby games, with one big difference; Kirby is unable to use his signature copy powers. Thanks to the dark magic of the evil Necrodeus, Kirby has been split into ten weaker copies and to make matters worse by the time the game begins nine of those Kirbys have already been destroyed!

Armed with only the ability to run, jump, and tackle enemies, how will the lone Kirby save the day? Well that is where you, the player, comes in by taking control of the real Kirby’s “Heroic Heart”—a floating star that you guide along the screen in order to help guide Kirby to the end of each of the game’s 40+ levels.

Although one Kirby is no match for Necrodeus and his Skull Gang, you are able to gain more Kirbys by eating fruit scattered around each level. Every time you reach 100 points through collecting fruit, another Kirby appears allowing you to gather up to ten Kirbys. The more Kirbys you have, the more power you have, as the team works together they can defeat foes faster and move large objects.

If a Kirby is hit twice by enemy attacks and its “ghost” floats off the screen, you lose it and must get 100 points to replace it.  Managing the amount of Kirbys you have is key in this game and you want to keep as many as possible at all times. The levels have a minimum amount of Kirbys needed in order to play them.

Kirby games are not known for their difficulty, and Kirby Mass Attack is no exception as the game has a simplistic control scheme that only uses the DS’ stylus. Due to the small learning curve, it is the perfect game for younger siblings and players new to video games. But gamers will not be disappointed as each level has up to five secret medals hidden in tricky locations requiring careful exploration, as well as various tasks that challenge the player’s skills. By collecting medals, players unlock little mini-games including: a four-board pinball game and a classic vertical shooter, which are a nice diversion. And for fans of the Kirby franchise, these mini-games are filled with classic Kirby cameos.

Cute and of modest length, Kirby Mass Attack is a game that almost anyone can enjoy. Fans of classic Kirby: be sure to check out his newest game, the multiplayer Kirby’s Return to Dreamland, out October 24th for the Nintendo Wii.