Review: Kirby Triple Deluxe

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Hi everyone!  In today’s post, I am going to review the fairly new video game Kirby Triple Deluxe.  This game came out in the beginning of the summer and I’ve owned it for about a month now.  I have been playing Kirby games for 10+ years and although I haven’t completed this game yet, (I’m about halfway through,) I have a sufficient grasp of the game, as well as a sufficient knowledge of the Kirby franchise, to give it a brief review.  Hopefully this review can give you a bit of insight if you’ve been wondering whether or not to buy the game.

Before I get critical, let me give a brief summary of the game and its main plot.  When you first start the game, you can choose to play from three game modes (hence, triple deluxe): Story Mode, Kirby Fighters, and Dedede’s Drum Dash.  The story mode is a standard one-player story mode, Kirby Fighters offers multiplayer fun, and King Dedede’s Drum Dash is one-player as well.  Of course, the bulk of your time will be spent playing the story.  As far as the plot goes, it’s pretty simple: it’s a typical and beautiful day in DreamLand, until night arrives, and Kirby and his house are transported high into the sky by a magical bean stalk.  Not only is his house terribly misplaced, but he soon witnesses as a mysterious enemy kidnaps King Dedede.  The two fly away, leaving Kirby to go through levels on random floating islands in order to track down King Dedede.

So far, so random, right?  The plot opens with little context, making it confusing yet mysteriously interesting.  Who is this new enemy?  Where is he taking King Dedede?  How did this beanstalk appear, and why?  Not only are we missing a cut scene in which Kirby plants some magical beans, but the game thus far has entirely omitted a narrator.  The game is seen, not spoken.  Even though it differs from Kirby’s Epic Yarn, a non-verbal narration is a more traditional direction in the Kirby franchise, as is the vague but predictably-structured plot: each floating island has a theme, approximately 6 levels, and ends with a boss.  It’s not something we haven’t seen before.  Nor is Kirby Triple Deluxe more challenging than before.  I tend to agree with IGN’s review when it states that the game is rather easy to complete.  Of course, the Kirby series has never been a difficult one, perhaps because this pink puffball of fun is aimed more towards a younger audience, though the game does suffer when its players think that no challenge equals no fun.

But don’t get me wrong – Kirby Triple Deluxe has a lot to brag about.  My favorite part is the throwback content, which comes in the form of collectible key chains.  They’re tiny trinkets that you can view outside of the story mode.  Even though the key chains don’t do anything (to my knowledge), it’s just a lot of fun to see and remember the Kirby memorabilia; some of the key chains even depict old content in black and white.  Along with the key chains, I also appreciate the game’s classic approach to the Kirby saga.  Whereas other games, such as Kirby’s Epic Yarn and Kirby Mass Attack, eliminate Kirby’s unique ability to inhale enemies, Kirby Triple Deluxe retains the classic Kirby format.  And a classic-style Kirby game for a handheld device has been long overdue; the last one came out six years ago.  The game is further enhanced by 3D graphics, plus some new abilities, making Kirby Triple Deluxe unique in its own right.  Finally, Kirby Triple Deluxe offers more than one game mode, including the rhythmic King Dedede’s Drum Dash and the multiplayer Kirby Fighters, which plays a lot like Super Smash Bros.  These new features add to the fun and add to the durability of this game.

Overall, while Kirby Triple Deluxe is not a classic, it commemorates and amends the classic Kirby in many fun ways.  The story line is not my cup of tea, but the gameplay and missions are entertaining enough to make this game worthwhile.  If I had to give it a number, I’d say Kirby Triple Deluxe is a 7/10.  Metacritic gives this game an 8, and IGN gives it a 6, so I’m right there in between.  Even though it’s not my favorite Kirby game, fans and new players alike can still enjoy this game with Kirby in all his pink, puffy glory.


 

What do you think?  Have you played Kirby Triple Deluxe?  Has this review helped you make a purchase?  I’d love to hear from you, so feel free to leave your comments or questions below!

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