Tuesday 16 October 2018

Kirby Star Allies review: Too much help spoils the fun

Kirby Star Allies

(Switch) ★★★ Age: 3+

Kirby Star Allies
Kirby Star Allies
Ronan Price

Ronan Price

Kirby's adventures in 2D platforming have never been remotely demanding, focusing instead on a sugary confection of colour, wacky scenery and Mr K's signature ability to absorb enemies' powers.

Star Allies sticks to the blueprint but the addition of co-op multiplayer dumbs it down to the point where the game offers near zero challenge.

That it remains enjoyable comes down to the exquisite art design and humour. But there's no escaping the overly facile gameplay. Even when played solo, the AI controls the extra characters who make short work of the enemies, leaving Kirby to stand on the sidelines.

Obviously, a younger gamer will appreciate the helping hands, yet you suspect even they will resent their lack of agency for what could have been a fun outing with an old pal.

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